The word ‘Tejeswani’ implies capability and radiance. The Tejaswani rural women empowerment Programme aims at empowering poor women to make use of the economic, social and political opportunities for enhancing their well- beings. CARD in association with Madhya Pradesh Mahila Vitta Evam Vikas Nigam/ Tejeswani has been working in 2 locations, Padmi and Mandla in Mandla district. Targetting about 16000 households in 91 villages in 20 village clusters the programme has already covered over 5300 households through 436 SHGs, formed 71 VLCs and opened accounts for 274 groups and savings of more than Rs 25 lakh.
There is strong input of CB through livelihood, vision building, leadership and bank exposure trainings. Health, education and gender are the other issues of empowerment. The project has established linkages with state level schemes of; Indira Awas Yojna Training on Stitching, Organic farming & Soya Processing, Ladli Laxmi Yojna, SRI and Vegetable Cultivation, Plantation, Kapildhara/ Balram tal, Training-Mulberry, sewing machine distribution, etc.