CII Foundation


About The Woman Exemplars


Nilima Tigga

Category: Micro Enterprise

We confer this Award on Ms. Nilima Tigga, nominated by Pradan for her exemplary work in the field of Micro Enterprise by providing for livelihood opportunities through formation of Self Help groups. Nilima is a forerunner in providing micro-entrepreneurship opportunities to the women linked to her federation

Small savings from a SHG and earnings from her micro-enterprise enabled Nilima to pull her family back from the brink of starvation. With this conviction, she grew from a SHG peon to setting up Shankhdhara Mahila Vikash Mandal (SMVM), a federation of 1030 SHGs in Lohardargah, Jharkhand, one of the most backward districts of India. Under her leadership, SMVM has created significant income increase for 15000 women and their families through SHGs and 700 women through microentrepreneurship.

CII Foundation salutes her persevering efforts in providing optimal livelihood options for the tribal people of Lohardagah, Jharkhand.


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