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Photo Essay by: Mukesh Dubey – Manager Communication and Resource Mobilisation
In the four villages of Churchu Block in Hazaribagh, IGSSS is implementing Securing Household Food Security and Livelihood Programme for 100 vulnerable families who belong mostly to the santhal tribes. The programme aims at creating water resources, strengthening livelihood practices and mobilising community to work together for the development of the villages.
The programme is supported by SCIAF.
The programme aimed at reaching out 100 families belonging to the SC, ST and OBC population. However after six months the number of families increased to 128.
One of the most significant impact of the programme has been about women taking a larger role in addressing the development needs of the villages.
Women Self Help Groups:
There are seven Self Help Groups formed under the project. The women self-help groups diligently follow the processes and systems of managing the group.
They have focused on saving their income and began inter-loaning among the group members. Most of the women are farmers and they use money to provide support to their families.
The money is also utilized by the group members for their social and cultural needs such as marriages, education etc.
They provide loans to the members for various personal requirements. Earlier they used to borrow money from the local money lenders on substantial interest rates. Women are also taking up social issues such as girl education and child marriage/marriage before 18 years of age.
Members of Roshni Self Help Group in the village Purnadih: The women of SHGs have been exposed to better farming practices through exposure visits. They recently visited to Birsa Agricultural University. They are happy and feel that the SHG has helped them become economically independent.
The members of the Roshni Self-Help Group taking stock of the money saved during a meeting. The women shared that they had to face initial resistance from their family members. As the number of women increased and income grew in the group the families realized its importance.
Pumpkins that were grown in the current Zaid season.
Mary shares that her income has grown due to better management of the resources. She is hopeful that there are many families who would be benefited once the water is available. She is motivating other women, asking them to form groups, increase knowledge and save money for better tomorrow.
She also participates in Farmer Training Workshops and share her experiences with other women. She was recently sent to Birsa Agricultural University for learning exposure which has helped her learn many thing about crop production, vermi compost, cattle rearing, kitchen gardens etc.
Mary convenes the meeting of her Self-Help Group. She says “women are not insignificant and direction less, all we need a little encouragement.”
Women working at a pond construction site.
The money earned by the villagers is used for purchasing house hold items such as food and clothing. The cash for work has helped the community in the lean agricultural period.
A mother taking a break from work.
The most recent Farmers Training workshop in May 2014, saw a participation of more than 160 community members. The project reaches out to only 100 families in four villages but people from adjoining areas also attended the workshop.
Four Farmer Field schools have been initiated and trainings are provided to the farmers on a regular basis.
The Farmer Trainings are very interactive where people can ask all their doubts and get suggestions for improvement.
Apart from Agriculture these platforms are also used to address issues related to water and sanitation and hygiene, child care, mother care etc…
A woman farmer sharing her experiences at a Farmer Training Workshop.