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Bridge to Mardipodi

Bridge to Mardipodi

Written By : Sukanya Chatterjee, Manager Programmes (East), Kolkata   Rayagada, Odisha: Mardipodi, the quaint village which is home to around 48 tribal families in Kumbhikota Gram Panchayat of Rayagada district has long remained an off the map place. Therefore, it...

Wosta Mohammed Ibrahim: The Kaleen Baaf

Wosta Mohammed Ibrahim: The Kaleen Baaf

Wosta means Master Weaver; Kaleen Baaf means Carpet Weaver in Kashmiri   Written By : Essar Batool, Consultant, Kashmir   Mohammed Ibrahim is lean man, almost skinny in his late 50s. He looks unkempt and dons the traditional kameez salwar; he introduces himself as the...

Barefoot Veterinary Assistants

Barefoot Veterinary Assistants

  Dhemaji,Lakhimpur,Assam: During floods when villages are submerged and community takes shelter in relief camps or raised platform or embankments, livestock becomes the least cared asset. During this crisis, the veterinary department is often unable to reach the...

Thank You

Thank You

Reported By: Michael Islary,Project Coordinator,DRR,Assam     Kokrajhar,Assam: Ms.Faziron Bewa is a 35 year old woman hailing from Hekaipara village.Her family comprises herself and her son.Her husband passed away several years back due to sickness. Faziron is the...

I could Send some Money to my Children

I could Send some Money to my Children

When floods swept the otherwise serene life of the villagers living beside the Guun River that separates Churachandpur and Chandel district, it led to massive destruction of the houses and paddy fields.   Incessant rain for several days resulted in one of the worst...

Story of Suryakanta Jana

Story of Suryakanta Jana

Suryakanta Jana, never in his 65 years of life used a bathing soap. Not because he didn't want to, but more because he could not afford one. Suryakanta works as a guard in a local private fishery. His monthly income of Rs.2,000 a month vanishes almost immediately...

A Farmer Speaks

A Farmer Speaks

Reported By: Mr.K.C. Sahu       Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh: Sur Singh, of Village Gopal Pura, Jhabua, MP, is a farmer who owns 1.5 bheega land and is also a part time mason. He is a regular member of the Kisan Club formed under the IGSSS livelihood programme SOUL...

Ray of Hope – Bandku Muduli

Ray of Hope – Bandku Muduli

Reported By : Ms.Sukanya Chatterjee, Manager, Eastern Region     Odisha: Bandku Muduli hails from a poor family in Laxmipur block of Koraput District. His family comprises of his wife and two sons. Living in a small homestead land, he has also worked as a daily wage...

Innovation – Broad Bed Furrow System

Innovation – Broad Bed Furrow System

Reported By : Arpita Macwan, Officer - Programmes, Ahmedabad     Maharashtra: IGSSS, in an attempt towards addressing livelihood security, has been working with 6 villages of Bhatkuli block in Amravati District for the past two years along with partner organization,...

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