Two co-operatives set up by WISE’s partner in India, Sampark, to support women’s economic empowerment self-help groups in Karnataka, India, have been awarded prestigious awards for the work that they do.

The Karnataka State Cooperative Department along with Koppal District Union Cooperative Niyamita awarded Eshwara Mahila Vividdodesha Souharda Souhsahaya Sahakari Niyamit the Good Women’s Cooperative Award on 14th November 2016. Eshwara Cooperative was established by Sampark in 2008 and as of 2017 has 133 Self help Groups and 2091 women members to whom they give loans for businesses.

Another co-op set up by Sampark,  Gavisiddheshwara Mahila Vividdodesha Souharda Souhsahaya Sahakari Niyamit, Kolur village in Koppal set up their own office building which the women have constructed on land awarded to them by the Gram Panchayat in Kolur district.


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