Smt. Reshan Devi belongs to far-flung panchayat Sarotri in Nagrota Bagwan block in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. She was joined Chin maya Radha Swami Mahila Mandal in year 2003. She is president of her Mahila Mandal and an active member of Chinmaya Chamunda self-help group (SHG) formed by CORD. Her husband a laborer. Sh e was struggling with her limited income and wanted to start some income generation activities to help her family.
In the year 2013, she took Rs 60000 loan from her SHG, bought two cows, and started selling cheese. She approached some shops in Nagrota Bagwan market, 20 Km from her home to sell cheese at a better price. She sells average 25-30 kg cheese per month and earn Rs 4500 -5000. She received training to make pine needle product 2015 from CORD and started to sell different pine needle handicrafts. She is selling pine-needle handicrafts since 2015 and fetching additional income of Rs 1000-1500 per month. Smt Reshan Devi has become good trainer of pine needle products and she has given training to many other women of surrounding panchayats. Smt Reshan Devi says that she has fulfilled her multiple financial needs of the family with income from these activities. These activities have increased her confidence as well. She always encourage her to get loan from SHG and start skill based livelihood activities. As an active president of Mahila Mandal, she leads social and awareness activities in the village and participates in gram sabha meetings as well. Thus, Smt. Reshan Devi has emerged as an empowered Mahila Mandal leader in her village.