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Kodachadri Hill in Shimoga district has a name of its own as the highest and gracious peak in the Sahyadri range. Named after it, an NGO founded here two years ago, has also grown into a powerful entity of rural women who are making a headway in the direction of self-sufficiency and women empowerment.  The trust, comprising six dedicated members led by R M Manjunatha Gowda, is striving to change the lives of poor women in Shimoga and has formed more than 5,000 self-help groups among the agricultural labourers. With planned programmes, the trust has been providing expertise training, supply of raw materials, and financial assistance through district cooperative bank with low interest rates, besides providing a well-knit marketing facility.  Read more at http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Mysore/A_trust_that_helps_rural_women_earn/articleshow/3943407.cms

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