Ooty

Ooty

Meenachi, Merlin and Usha are the leaders in Ooty Mahila Milan. Prior to joining this in Jan 2013 they were working in a NGO. The Ooty Mahila Milan was formed with the help of Gunashekharan who was member of Trichy MM. Initially around 1200 members joined the group anticipating they will receive instant loans once they join. They were unaware of the very agenda of the Savings activity. Due to this gradually people started moving away from the organisation and only those who believed in the Savings Model stayed back. Right now Ooty chapter comprises of 12 areas with around 250 members. The demography of the Ooty is different from the city. Here more members belong to tribes rather than slums. Loans are being given to those people who has the medical emergency. Next priority is given to education and festivals. Daily savings is not happening on regular basis as Ooty lacks the proper transportation since it is a hilly region. Leader make sure that they visit these people atleast once in a week and collect their savings.

Apart from the savings activity these leaders help the members and their family in any legal issues. Any administration issues arises they contact John and try to get it resolved. Right now they are planning for building proper shelter for the tribal people with the help of Government and Mahila Milan. They also planning to give a first aid help to the people who cannot immediately go to hospitals.