Raipur: Women of villages of Chhattisgarh are earning a profit of Rs 20 lakh a year by trading herbal medicines. The women of women self-help groups, who once worked as labourers, are now becoming self-reliant by doing business of forest medicines through Van Dhan Vikas Kendra.
Saroj Patel of Donganala village of Pali tehsil of Korba district informed Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel about this profitable business today. She told that her Haribol self-help group has made the herbs, flowers-leaves etc. found in the forest, a medium to eradicate poverty. Saroj narrated her success story to Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel in the virtual inauguration-bhoomipujan program of development works worth Rs 104 crore in Korba district.
Saroj Patel and other women of her group, once labourers started collecting herbs and have now created an annual business of Rs 44 lakhs in herbal medicines. Saroj Patel is also leading other women of her village towards economic strength by joining them in the work of group. Haribol Self-Help Group has also planned to increase this business to a turnover of 2.5 crores per annum by next year. Hearing the success story of the group, Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel applauded the women by clapping and assured all possible help to take the business forward.
During the programme, Saroj told chief minister that they have started making medicines in Herbal Medicine Processing Center by forming Haribol Self-Help Group in Donganala village of Pali Tehsil. Women are making 18 types of medicines by collecting herbs from the forests. Saroj said that there are 12 women in her group, in the year 2020-21, the women of the group did a business of Rs 44 lakhs, out of which there was a net profit of Rs 20 lakhs. Saroj also told the Chief Minister that earlier women could earn only 500 to 600 rupees in a month working as labourers in the village. At present, every woman member is getting an income of Rs 1.71 lakh per year by collecting, processing and selling raw herbal medicines.
Saroj informed that anti-diabetic medicines, cold-cough and skin related medicines, immunity booster are being manufactured from herbs in the Forest Processing Center. She told that women of the group are becoming financially strong by manufacturing medicines. Everyone's family is being well fed. Saroj said that starting from Rs 30 as daily wage; all women are now getting Rs 200 per day. The women of the group have planned to do business of 2 to 2.5 crore rupees next year by taking the business forward. Chief Minister expressed happiness on being informed about the women of Pali setting up a big business by making medicines from herbs on such a large scale, and congratulated Saroj and the women of the group.