Over the past few months the effects of COVID 19 have changed circumstances drastically for all of us. As we all find ways to cope, the low-income groups suffer twice as much due to the uncertainty. Since the lockdown, Buzz Women as an organisation has been making attempts to help at the grassroots level.
We have over 3500 community leaders (volunteers) who helped us collect data on the needs of low income families during the lockdown by making approximately 8000 calls. By the end of May 2020, we were able to facilitate reaching 2696 kilos of ration and 4350 meals to approximately 5000 people and 989 families.
As we move forward, we are looking to help communities get cash liquidity and avoid getting into the poverty trap. We are working towards using the local networks to enable access to government schemes worth over Rs.300 crores to the marginalized. Through this project, we aim to help create awareness, identify the eligibility for schemes, help communities avail and benefit from the government issued schemes. We have compiled a booklet with information about 130+ government schemes to kick-start and wish to take on the role of trusted messengers and facilitators between the community and the government to process these various government schemes. We will also ensure that women will optimally use the funds that they receive from the government through our financial management training programmes.
We also simultaneously hope to resume our regular training sessions to reach more women and many other villages through our mobile classrooms and equip them with skills that help them on the economic, social, personal and ecological front.
We have also been able to franchise the model to The Gambia and Georgia. We aim to reach 1 crore women by 2030 in all 30 districts of Karnataka and are looking for funders to support this mission.
We are looking for funds big and small to help women everywhere. With just Rs. 365 ( 1 rupee a day ), you will be helping us train one rural woman and change her life for the better.