In Coimbatore too, the district administration and banks have taken measures to uplift the transgenders. “We have as many as 30 self help groups (SHGs) in our branch that are operated by members of the transgender community,” says S Meenambiki, Branch Manager, Coimbatore District Central Cooperative Bank.
According to her, initially only two SHGs were formed and later when they did extremely well many more decided to come forward.
“Everyone hesitated to disburse loans to them as they feared that the transgenders would not be able to repay the money. But they proved everyone wrong by promptly paying back the loans. The bank has never faced a problem because of them,” she explains.