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Empowering Rural Community Since 2003

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Women Empowered
Self Help Group Created
Branches All Over West Bengal

01. Why the Project is ?

• MCDF is an autonomous microcredit-based community program
• Aimed at creating women entrepreneurs in villages
• Addresses self-help income generation by rural women
• Expanding to promote social and environmental awareness and address women’s rights issues
• Utilizes the Self-Help Group (SHG) structure for implementation
• Multiple service layers include micro-banking, skills training, counseling, information dissemination, domestic violence prevention, family health, women’s rights, and empowerment

02. What the project is?

• Self-Help Group (SHG) formation requires a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 like-minded women with similar financial status from the same locality
• Election of President, Secretary, and Treasurer for SHG governance
• Mukti and MCDF workers provide assistance in understanding methodology and development logistics
• Project aims to harness the capabilities of rural population
• Provision of knowledge, skill sets, tools, and finance to empower rural communities
• Enable decent livelihood through self-employment
• Increase chances of securing employment in different sectors

03. How the Project is?

• The project involves the formation of Self-Help Groups (SHGs) consisting of 10 to 15 women with similar financial status.
• From all SHGs in one or more neighboring localities, one member (preferably the President) from each SHG will form the Forum Branch (FB).
• Each FB may comprise a maximum of 200 SHGs. Annual general meetings will be held in each Branch to elect or select their Forum’s executive committee.
• The committee will consist of 7 to 11 members who will be elected or selected for a one-year term.
• The committee members will then elect their President, Treasurer, and Secretary.

04. Where the project is?

Sundarbans and adjoining areas Mathurapur-I, Mathurapur-II, Kultali, PatharPratima, Canning, Basanti, Namkhana, Kakdwip, Sagar Blocks in South 24 Parganas District and Egra-1, Datan-I, Datan-II, Keshiary, Narayangarh, Nayagram Blocks in East and West Midnipur and in Jhargram Districts

05. What the impact is?

• The MCDF project was initiated in 2014 as a pilot initiative, starting with one Forum Branch at Village Purbasridharpur under the Raidighi block of South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal.
• Due to its success, the programme was replicated in six other areas, covering 369 SHGs and involving 3,610 women in total.
• The programme has been expanding since 2016, with a portion of group savings reinvested as loans for members to initiate Income Generating Activities (IGAs).
• The attached table indicates the present status of the MCDF programme. Currently, MCDF involves 30,000 women, has created 2,850 SHG groups, and has established 30+ branches across West Bengal.

Impact Stories

Activity Stream


Empowering women through the ‘Adopt a Branch’ venture


MCDF Staff Meeting: Strategic Planning at Raidighi MCDF Office


Computer Literacy Program for Self-Help Groups of Egra Block


MCDF Handcrafts Stall at “Besher Mela” 2023


Mukti Encourages Backyard Farming Through Chick Distribution


Skill Enhancement Training through Newspaper Packet Making


Mukti Holds Handicrafts Stalls at Ganga Sagar Fair 2023


Indian Council of Agricultural Research Provides Jute Handicrafts Training to MCDF Members

Alliances that Drive Success


Contact Info:

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Phone : + 91-6290589664


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