ESAF Microfinance last month held a program called ‘Janeekayadaram 2010‘ which was organized to honor 189 ESAF Sangam members who were elected to various local bodies in the State.
During his presidential address, Ollur MLA, Rajaji Mathew Thomas said that for women empowerment what was required was a sustainable approach to uplift the living standards of the poor through skill training He added that finding a market to sell their products was equally important like training.
Kodakara MLA, Prof. Raveendranath delivered the key note address. He opined that Housing, Water and Education were the primary requirements for the development of a society and so development organizations like ESAF played a key role in a country, where more than 40 crore people were living under the poverty line.
During his welcome speech, K. Paul Thomas, Executive Director, ESAF opined that the efforts of ESAF in the last 18 years, sans any religious or political favoritism were now bearing fruits. He then briefed the audience on the social oriented projects undertaken by ESAF in association with the Governments of Maharashtra and Jharkhand like Slum Rehabilitation and Water Sanitation .