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Kodachadri Vaibhav is back in Shimoga in all its glory

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The sale-cum-exhibition of articles produced by self-help groups begins today

Earning their own bread: Members of a Stree Shakti group sponsored by the Kodachadri Grameena Abhibruddhi Trust engaged in embroidery work .
Earning their own bread: Members of a Stree Shakti group sponsored by the Kodachadri Grameena Abhibruddhi Trust engaged in embroidery work .

Kodachadri Vaibhav 3, the sale-cum-exhibition of goods and articles produced by the Stree Shakti groups and the self-help groups, which is being held here for the third year in succession by the Kodachadri Grameena Abhivruddhi Trust (KGAT), has been a great platform to women artisans to the outside world.

The week-long Vaibhav, which commences at the Nehru Stadium from Friday, aims at providing the proper market outlet to articles and goods prepared by the Stree Shakti groups and self-help groups which were sponsored by the KGAT.

The first event held in January 2009 was a great success. It recorded a sale of goods and articles such as artefacts, saris with embroidery, attractive bags, handicrafts, ready-made garments prepared by the Stree Shakti groups and self-help groups estimated at Rs. 2 crore. Over 180 such groups from the districts of Shimoga, Chikmagalur and Davangere participated in it.

The second one held in January last year was a greater success going by the number of visitors at the stalls and by the business made by members of the Stree Shakti groups and the self-help groups.

It recorded a sale of these items estimated at Rs. 3 crore. Nearly 300 stalls were provided to Stree Shakti groups and self-help groups not only of the neighbouring districts but also of the far-off districts such as Bangalore, Dharwad and Bagalkot to showcase their items which extended the scope of the event throughout the State.

The runaway success of the last two events has aroused great expectations about the third one which is all set to make a new record in the sale and exhibition of articles and goods prepared by the women's groups.

The event has been the brainchild of KGAT chairman R.M. Manjunath Gowda, who is the president of the Karnataka State Cooperative Apex Bank. He thought of arranging the Kodachadri Vaibhav to help members of the Stree Shakti groups and self-help groups sponsored by it to help them sell their products at the fair.

He says the KGAT not only forms the Stree Shakti groups and self-help groups but also arranges training for them through experts apart from making the financial arrangement.

Mr. Gowda told The Hindu that the KGAT had sponsored 6,015 self-help groups of which 5,093 were the Stree Shakti groups. He said that out of 1,02,150 members, 8,817 were women.

He said the Shimoga District Cooperative Central Bank had extended Rs. 60 crore to them to take up their activities and their repayment of loan was almost 100 per cent.

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