Education is an integral part of any childhood, and it is the scaffolding for the towering potential of the generations to come. Our visit to the village helped us realize that while there is a school, the basic resources required for a good education were scarce. Books, school bags and stationery were like droplets of water in a desert
During the variety of lockdowns that were enforced upon us by the COVID-19 virus, we came to observe that our domestic help was unable to keep up with the fast-paced change to financial management. They struggled with digital wallets and online banking, which made it increasingly difficult for them to handle their money in an efficient manner. Several conversations, and hours of deep deliberation helped us understand, that while we are fortunate enough to have the resources and adequate exposure to learn the basics of financial literacy, a large part of the rural Indian population didn’t. We as a team have always been fond of teaching, and seeing the struggles of people who are part of our everyday life compelled us to play our role in creating change. We developed, a 5-week financial literacy model for the teenagers and senior citizens of the Kond Village in Raigad, Maharashtra. It aimed to embed the foundations of financial literacy in the young and even the old of the rural Indian population, simplistic, yet impactful, a course that could truly facilitate change in the lives of individuals who needed it.
We spent time at the Kond Village, personally teaching the course to the villagers, in order to ensure that they truly learnt the basics of financial literacy. With our evolvingworld, it is of tremendous importance that we ensure that those with fewer resources aren’t simply left behind, for they too are an integral part of society, such is the aim of Saathi, to extend a helping hand to those who needed it, giving them that gentle nudge, that would propel them towards a brighter future.