Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Mar 04, 2013, 07:15 PM IST
She might come across as a naive woman next door, who resides in a small village of Chattisgarh, but Phoolbasan Bai Yadav has done more than her share for the women around her.
The famous social entrepreneur from Rajanand district of Chattisgarh was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri award by the government of India recently, for her remarkable contribution for the women’s development and aid programmes.
Phoolbasan Yadav heads a self help group which involves as many as 200,000 women in Chhattisgarh and has almost caused a mini-revolution of sorts. Christened after the Goddess Durga, the Maan Bamleshwari Janhit Kare Samiti, is acts as a watchdog on the government departments in the state and also initiates sanitation and cleanliness drives across the state. The Samiti also operates women sewing centres.
Her group, which was initiated in 2001, has encouraged the women of her district to save on a small scale to support themselves. And, quite surprisingly the women members associated with the group have already managed to garner Rs 8 crore in the bank account of the group.
Yadav, who's been into social service since over a decade now is leading over 12,000 women Samitis across all districts of Chhattisgarh. She's clearly set an example for the society, proving the fact that little effort at the grass root level can work wonders once it gathers momentum.
Awards received by Phoolbasan Yadav
2004- Won Chhattisgarh Minimata Alankaran award for women’s empowerment.
2008- Won Jamnalal Bajaj award.
2010- Won Kannagi award for Sthree Shakti.
2010- Won Sadguru Gnanananda national award.
2011- Won Amodini award.