Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda’s flagship CSR project Subhalaxmi Co-operative conducts its 9th Annual General Body Meeting on decade anniversary

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Jharsuguda: On 26th October 2018, Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda’s flagship livelihood & women empowerment CSR project, Subhalaxmi Co-operative conducted its 9th Annual General Body Meeting at Vedanta Meadows. This year, the co-op completes a decade of operation, working towards socio-economic upliftment of women in the rural margins of Jharsuguda.
Mr. Abhijit Pati, CEO – Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda, Padmashree Haldhar Nag, Sambalpuri Poet and Writer, Mr. Sundar Raj, Head CSR – Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda, Mrs. Puspanjali Seth, President – Subhalaxmi Co-op, and Mrs Monabati Bag, Vice President – Subhalaxmi Co-op graced the dais as dignitaries of the occasion. More than 250 attendees including members and Board of Directors of Subhalaxmi Co-op, members of Vedanta Ltd.’s senior management and CSR dept. were present on the occasion.
On the occasion, the journey of Subhalaxmi Co-op to a 3700 member strong all-women co-op, milestones across the past decade, and way forward were deliberated on amongst the attendees. The co-op’s Annual Report 2017-18 was unveiled by the dignitaries of the occasion. Based on 2017-18 performance, best SHGs, community mobilizers and entrepreneurs were felicitated.
In his discourse, Mr. Abhijit Pati expressed his pride in the cooperative and the many milestones it has achieved so far. He urged the members to evolve into the role of dynamic change-makers, champion the holistic development of women in Jharsuguda and become a beacon of hope & success for women everywhere.
Padmashree Haldhar Nag appreciated the efforts of everyone associated with Subhalaxmi Co-op and motivated the members to continue their work with passion & zeal and attain more milestones in the future, whilst working towards socio-economic empowerment of women in the community.
Mrs Puspanjali Seth, President – Subhalaxmi Co-op spoke about her association with Subhalaxmi over the years, her vision for Subhalaxmi’s future and pledged to take the cooperative to greater heights.
The all women Subhalaxmi Co-op was incubated under the banner of Vedanta’s sustainable livelihood project ‘Vedanta Integrated Jana Jeevika Yojna’ (VIJJY). The journey of the co-op started with the humble contribution of INR 1000 from 10 women members in 2008. Today, it has a corpus of INR 2.50 Cr, with a strong membership base of 3729 women from 302 Self Help Groups across 66 villages Jharsuguda. The co-op has positively impacted the socio-economic aspect in the lives of its members, making it one of the largest self-sustained and self-governed women’s cooperatives in the region.

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