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A  batch of selected officers from the Nirdhan Utthan bank had come for an orientation on Self help Groups  to Manavodaya in 2005  and were successful in promoting the Indian model of self help groups  as a complementary method.  This led to promotion of  self help method on a larger scale and more than three dozen senior officers of the bank including the Regional Director undertook a week long training programme in self reliant group formation and management at Manavodaya.


The success achieved by Nirdhan Utthan  Bank in starting such  a programme led another bank in Nepal i.e.  the Pashchimanchal Grameen Bikas Bank to  start a programme on Self Reliant Groups and accordingly sent a full batch of officers for training to our Lucknow centre.




The focus of this programme was on understanding of facilitation skills and values fundamental to the process of social change

Some reflections by the Participants

We got  theoretical learning as well as learning through  yoga and reflection. As a result,  we benefited not only in our professional life but also in our personal life.  I consider myself blessed for getting this opportunity.      

Laxmi Pd. Sharma, Bhairahawa, Nepal   

This training is one of the best training in my life to improve myself, to link myself with supreme power by doing something to poor people living in remote areas. It helps me, my bank and my whole country.

Anil Kumar Mishra, Prasauni, Nepal

I felt that I am not sitting in a training hall, but that a guardian is teaching me at home. Every day after meditation, yoga and collective reflection the entire day training gave a nice feeling. Overall this was an opportunity to gain vast knowledge in a family atmosphere.            

Hariram Mahato, Khandbari, Nepal

To change others it is important to change ourselves  first. We have to understand the objective of our work in considerable depth.                                       

Shekhar Bahadur Karki, Dhankuta, Nepal

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