Chhattisgarh: Tribal women in exploitation restaurant in Dantewada hit by Maoists

A group of tribal women from Dantewada, Chhattisgarh have started an innovative business of operating a restaurant in the area notorious for Maoist violence to provide sustainable livelihoods for their families.

The restaurant named ‘Manva Dhaba’ (my dhaba) was opened in May in Bade Karli village on the Geedam-Bijapur road as part of livelihood creation activities carried out by the district administration in a gauthan (a shelter for livestock).

The district administration has provided funds under the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) to set up the restaurant on a 3,000 square foot plot next to the gauthan, 6 km from the town of Geedam, an official said .

The facility is run by 10 women from the ‘Boss Bodin’ (SHG) self-help group associated with the gauthans, who were once confined to household chores and farming activities, he said.

“Before, my family depended only on agricultural activities to earn a living. After joining this SHG, my self-confidence has increased. Our group was earning a lot of money from the cow dung program and now the dhaba made good profits,” said Archana Kurram, one of the group’s members.

The restaurant, offering both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, has become popular among locals in a short time and on peak days the sale reaches around Rs 20,000 per day, the district administration official said. .

The restaurant has so far done business worth Rs 8 lakh, and driven by the success, the group now plans to start tiffin’s services soon, he said.

At present, each group member earns Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,000 per month. This initiative has empowered the women and helped them contribute to their families’ finances, the official said.

Speaking to PTI, Dantewada collector Vinit Nadanwar said these tribal women came together by breaking stereotypes and taking on roles that were once dominated by men.

The concept was introduced as part of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel’s vision to transform gauthans into multi-activity hubs and generate livelihoods for SHG women associated with them, he said.

The initiative not only helps women to become self-sufficient, but they also play an important role in improving the family economy, he added.

In the gauthans, apart from the supply of cow dung, several income generating activities such as community market gardening, vermicompost and super compost production are carried out with the participation of SHG women, he said.

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