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From kitchens to workshops, hardwork paid them back with a dignified life

in INDIA, 13/05/2013

Over the years, there have been various efforts on the part of the State Government to integrate members of the transgender community into mainstream society. While nearly 10 years ago, the then Jayalalithaa Government, in a path-breaking initiative issued appointment to transgenders in State government departments, around four years ago, the then DMK regime allowed transgenders to enter colleges under the ‘Third Gender’ category.

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.

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