The Inaugural function was held on Monday 7th August 2017, at 10.am at Baudhha Wadi, Devdhamapur, Tal- Sangameshwar, Dist.-Ratnagir, Maharashtra, under the guidance of the Don Bosco Konkan Development Society (KDS), in collaboration with Umed (MSRLM).
Among those present were the facilitators of the Women’s Empowerment Project, Mr. Ramchandra Bothale, Ms. Reshma Pawar, Ms. Neha Goawalkar; Sarpanch of Devdhamapur Panchayat, Ms. Bhatade, Deputy Sarpanch Mr. Amit Jadhav, other members of the Panchayat and Umed (MSRLM) Block Officers.
President of the Panchashil SHG Group anchored the programme and all the members of the Self Help Group welcomed the guests with flowers. The function commenced with the cutting of the ribbon by Ms. Bhatade.
The women from Self Help Group demonstrated the Incense Sticks making process. This event was initiated by the “Panchashil Mahila Bachat Gat,” Boudh wadi, Devdhamapur, Tal-Sangameshwar, Dist-Ratnagiri, Maharashtra.
They invested in purchasing an Incense Sticks making Paddle machine, costing Rs.25000/- . Many people have helped to get this venture going. KDS supported the Women by providing training and other facilities. Vijay Borase, Coordinator of the Women’s Empowerment Project and Facilitators, encouraged the women and provided other support. Rs. 10000/- was donated by Mrs. Una Angelo from Mumbai.
The programme ended with the vote of thanks by a member of the group, Ms. Kambale, who thanked all the supporters and members.