Bisto Bai Meravi was nominated for the 2019 Women Stop Hunger Award, that gives international recognition to the role of rural women in the fight against hunger and encourages initiatives led by women aiming to achieve food security and increase economic development in local communities.
In January 2019, confirmation was received that Bisto Bai had won the Women Stop Hunger Award for 2019.
As a result of this, Development of Women Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society will receive funds which will go a long way towards strengthening the co-operative which is owned by 150 tribal women in Garratola.
Bisto received the award in Paris on 12 March 2019. Congratulations to Bisto for achieving such a significant milestone for herself and the women she represents!
Born in the remote village of Pantripatra, in Madhya Pradesh, Bisto Bai, 32, seemed to have all the cards stacked against her. She belongs to the “Tribal Gond” community, considered a low caste community, oppressed, tortured and exploited over the centuries. As a child, her family could not pay for her education so Bisto Bai was “married off” at 17 to a young man of 20. As her husband was jobless, she started making fans and brooms to earn a few extra rupees and offer the minimum to her two children.
In 2015, she joined a self-help village group (SHG) under the Economic Justice Project of Good Shepherd Central East India and started saving, and attending various workshops and training sessions to become a self-sufficient goat-rearing woman. Bisto’s thriving goat modern farm has ensured that her family has plenty to eat all year roundand she gained the respect of her fellow women, who consider her as a role model.
Bisto Bai started then mobilizing the women of her community about their rights, capacities, health, and education. According to Bisto, “a woman aware of her capacities can work wonders”. She was appointed the President of a a co-operative formed with 150 women, named Dindayal Antyodoy Mahila Bahu Uddesshiya Sahakari Samiti (Development of Women Multi-purpose Co-operative Society), which helps women farmers to improve and multiply their business and carries out a programme of health, education and social education.
Bisto is now a key figure in the social, political, cultural and economic development of the women of her village. Also the tribal community of Panitripatra as a whole aspires a great future under her leadership.
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Stop Hunger is a global organization committed to a hunger-free world. Bisto Bai Meravi, member of a GS project in Central East India was nominated by the Sisters and GSIF and received an International Award