By: MSW Intern, Don Bosco University with inputs from Kaplianlal Thangluai, Assistant Manager, IGSSS

 

Pic 1Churachandpur, Manipur: Mrs. Lamkonem from Teisaljang village, Churachandpur district lives with her husband and one child. Agriculture is the primary occupation and she also runs a small grocery shop. She was inside her house with her family when the flood came last year. She managed to save herself and her family by climbing up on the mountain. The flood submerged and destroyed here paddy field and damaged her kitchen garden and her house.
She shared that she received hygiene kits and monetary support of Rs.1000 during the relief and rehab work carried out by IGSSS post the floods in 2015.

 

After 6 months again she received another Rs.5000 from which she spent on replenishing the shop and part of it went in buying seeds. To supplement the income earned from the shop, she is also engaged in burning charcoal which is labour intensive and very taxing for her.

 

She suggests the need for alternative livelihood options to replace charcoal burning and Jhum cultivation. “We do not have the resource nor the knowledge’s and skill to initiate any new livelihood initiatives”. She shares that the area is suitable for cultivation of pineapple, maize and banana. We, the women, really suffer a lot walking a long distance, climbing up and down the steep hills to reach our agricultural field and burning of charcoal. Anything that can replace our present occupation or anything related to livelihood that can improved our current practices or increase in yield will be very helpful for the community, says Ms Lamkhonem.