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UPLIFTING: R. Thangaraj Bose (right), past governor of Rotary district 3000, handing over assistance to a woman in Tiruchi. —
UPLIFTING: R. Thangaraj Bose (right), past governor of Rotary district 3000, handing over assistance to a woman in Tiruchi. —

Staff Reporter

Rs 21-lakh grant for rural women traders from Rotary Club

TIRUCHI: Rotary Club of Tiruchi celebrated Gandhi Jayanthi on Tuesday by initiating its Rs. 21 lakh Matching Grant Project envisaging distribution of micro-credit to rural women traders.

The Rotary Foundation and Rotary Clubs of Bellevue and Seattle – District 5030 (US), have provided the financial support to implement the project.

Governor of Rotary district 3000 Rajadurai G Michael and past governor R. Thangaraj Bose handed over credit to the extent of Rs.13 lakh to the first batch of 165 rural women, during a function in the presence of Club President J. Sankaran. Mr. Rajadurai suggested formation of Rotary community core team comprising micro-credit borrowers for accelerating Rotary International’s polio immunisation drive.

The members of the core team could also identify the vital basic requirements in rural areas that need the attention of Rotary Clubs, he said.

The Club intends to reach out to a total of 450 rural women, said the past president of the Rotary Club of Tiruchi R. Panchanadhan, informing that the Rotary Club of Seattle that came into being in 1909, was the largest with 675 members, and had been instrumental in carrying out several such projects benefiting the needy.

Similar was the support rendered to the community by the Rotary Club of Bellevue that was formed in 1941, he said.The micro-credit has been routed to rural women through Anisha Microfin.

Its administrative Director John Peter observed that the outlook of women has undergone a welcome transformation over the decades.

They are now on an even keel with men in terms of skills and entrepreneurial potential, he said, adding that the onus was on micro-credit borrowers to set a precedent.

M. Elangovan, trainer, Rotary district 3000, offered felicitations.

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