About Majhi Maitrin Charitable Trust (MMCT)
Majhi Maitrin is a charitable trust started in the year 2002 by Mrs. Shaila Limaye and her associates. Majhi Maitrin Charitable Trust(MMCT) is one of its kind and it works towards a women's community that is self reliant and employable. This is achieved through training, motivation, formation of co-operatives and the vital entrepreneurial guidance for improvement of their socio-economic life.
Internationally recognised ‘Ambekar Institute of Labour Studies’ through ‘INTUC’ a national level labour organisation, offered an opportunity to Shaila Limaye to attend a course on ‘Management of Small Scale Businesses’ at ‘Histadrut’ in Israel. She presented there a project ‘SECOW’ (Self Employment by Cooperatives of Women). This project was very well received at Ambekar Institute. Of course, as Shaila Limaye being a dedicated worker in labour organisation had a brighter future for women workers of unorganised sector in mind while developing the project.
ICFTU entrusted Maharashtra INTUC with a project of two years to establish a union in the unorganised sector. Shaila Limaye was heading the Women’s Wing of INTUC then. She was entrusted with this task. She saw this as a very big opportunity to implement the project ‘SECOW’. She successfully formed Unions at Mumbai, Nashik, Pune, Dhule, and Aurangabad. At that time Shaila Limaye visited Bangladesh. After coming back, she started ‘Bachat Gats’ (Savings Groups) based on her observations in Bangladesh. After about 5-6 years of successfully operating ‘Bachat Gats’, she realised that only formation & operation of ‘Bachat Gats’ will not suffice. Thus in 2002, ‘Majhi Maitrin Charitable Trust’ (MMCT) came into existence to provide these under privileged women, a sense of belonging. MMCT aims at improving their economic status by being financially self reliant and thus improving their social, domestic conditions through providing them training to develop skills in various vocations with emphasis on Quality & Hygiene. The funds created through their small savings had to be gainfully employed (besides the funds helping them in their hours of need). As a result, the first pilot project ‘Jijau Audyogik Sahakari Sanstha’ and later ‘Majhi Maitrin Audyogik Sahakari Sanstha’ were established. For the food products made and marketed by ‘Jijau’ a brand ‘Majhi Maitrin’ was registered. This brand played an important role in creating trust and recognition to the products.
Various other activities / programmes were started to spread awareness about MMCT, keeping in mind women in general.
- A magazine ‘Jivabhavachi Majhi Maitrin’ published periodically includes articles by upcoming new writers as well as seniors on different social ills / problems.
- Various seminars / debates / discussions reached women of different strata of society.
- ‘Suhasini Karandak’ (named after a renowned stage actress) provides a platform to amateur women actors to perform in ‘One Act – One Actor’ competition.
- ‘Pandita Ramabai Puraskar’ an award for an organisation and ‘Savitribai Phule Puraskar’ an award for an individual woman working in the field of betterment of women.
- Programmes with NALSA were undertaken to spread awareness of Laws related to women.
- Scholarships are awarded to economically weak girls to pursue higher studies.
Majhi Maitrin is a multi-faceted, sensitive and socially pro-active organisation for the betterment of women