Success Stories 1
Baburam became a successful farmer by adopting vegetable intensification method
Bank is a village Panchayat of Sumerpur block of Hamirpur district in Budelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh. It is located almost 21 kilometers away from district headquarters. The total population of the village is 1199 and the number of total households is 251 in this village. Bank village is dominated by backward castes and scheduled caste communities.
In the year 2014 with the support of Hindustan Unilever, Parmarth initiated Jal Samriddhi (Water Prosperity) Project for ensuring the livelihood of the communities through sustainable water conservation and water management practices.
Under this project, formation of Pani Panchayat, capacity building of community through awareness training and exposure visits, construction of water structures for water and soil conservation, demonstration and training for promotion of improved and sustainable agriculture practices were initiated through community participation.
Under this Jal Samriddhi Project, farmer Baburam of this village was provided seed support for cultivation of vegetables through intensification technique. He was also provided detailed information regarding seed treatment, line sowing, harvesting etc. Baburam followed those instructions and treated the seeds through organic methods. He sowed the seeds and saplings of vegetables through line sowing technique maintaining the desired distance between two saplings. He also planted lemon saplings in the vacant area between the vegetables saplings that helped him in getting additional income from them.
Baburam says earlier along with his father, he used to cultivate wheat, gram and peas through traditional practices. However due to consecutive droughts in Bundelkhand region, the crops failed and his family suffered huge losses, besides they could not get sufficient price of whatever little yield they got from the fields. Because of all these problems and reduced income, he was losing interest in farming. But Prabhat and Parmarth team motivated him by not only providing guidance on improved agriculture practices but also by providing seed and sapling support.
Today, he has a good yield of vegetables like eggplant, ladies’ finger, tomatoes which are now being supplied even to Kanpur apart from Hamirpur and has fetched him a good income of Rs. 20000-25000 per month.
Baburam is very thankful to Jal Samridhi Project and says, “This project which is being supported by Prabhat and Parmarth is a boon to the farmers of our village as they are being provided information and support both for improved agriculture practices.”
Baburam further says “I had lost interest in farming and wanted to go to city in search of some job, but Parmarth changed my life and my thinking both. Parmarth team supported me through training on improved agricultural practices and seed support was also provided. It helped me to get a good income from the vegetable cultivation. I am able to get more than 25,000 per month by vegetables which I had never imagined. Today I have abandoned the idea to migrate to city and my interest in farming is now revived. I am a very happy person today and very thankful to Pramarth team for their support.”
Success Stories 2
Role model of old village
Bundelkhand is synonymous with severe drought, which is being not only impacted over irrigation but also drinking water. Imarti Bai who live in Moto village, is also the victim of drought who was compelled to drink contaminated and mud full water from only one existing well in village, which was also occupied by few of dominating people of village. As she belongs from schedule caste community , so upper caster society did not allow her to take water from handpumps. She formed a group of Jal Saheli in her village by alliance of 5 more women. They collectively decided that they will dig well for deprived community who are not able to access and reach to well occupied by dominating people. They identified the dried well and started digging well. At the initial stage villages started making fun and denied to stand for their support. Nobody was not in faith that women will able to dig well but determination of Imarti bhai and other Jal Saheli make it possible.
Now the image of this village has been changed. Due to her tireless efforts now the villagers are able to fetch potable water for village. Not only villagers from Moto village but also other villagers are praising the effort of Imarti. Now they have commitment to protect and management water bodies as well as sensitizing others women to come forward to conserve water.
Imrati Devi’s efforts have been recognized by National Women Commission and she was awarded on 8th March – international women’s Day by Delhi government.
Success Stories 3
Geeta Devi, Village Manpur, Babina Block, Dist. Jhansi
A very active and dedicated Jal Saheli, has participated in Pani panchayat meetings regularly, has been instrumental in rejuvenation of Manpur Chandela pond. She has consistently raised the issue of pipe line supply of drinking water to district authorities and submitted several applications which finally helped in laying of pipeline and supply of safe drinking water through household taps to 70 families in Geeta’s locality.
Success Stories 4
Education has empowered me
Condition of a nation is determined by the status of girls, it is aptly said. Education is a great catalyst in improving the condition of girls and women. Girls’ education is a strategic development priority. Better educated girls tend to be healthier, participate more in the employment, earn higher incomes and take their own decisions and have a greater say in decision making. All these factors combined can help lift households, communities, and nations out of poverty.
Arti Kushwaha belongs to a small village Kalotara of Talbehat block of Lalitpur district in Uttar Pradesh. This village is like most of the Bundelkhand region villages, characterized by poverty, illiteracy and backwardness. Education of girls is not a priority issue in the village. Their marriage is the only priority for the parents.
Arti, being a bright student wanted to study further but owing to poverty and village customs as well, her parents were not supportive of her higher education.
Parmarth Samaj Sevi Sansthan was working on water and women empowerment issues in that village. Arti’s mother participated in the awareness meetings which were conducted by Parmarth. Her mother narrated her story and told Parmarth team about Arti’s desire of getting educated and family’s problems. Parmarth decided to intervene and responded by paying fees for her education.
Today Arti is studying in BA 2nd year and has high aspirations for her future. Besides she is actively participating in awareness activities in her village and is a confident girl who is taking a lead in championing the cause of water issues in her village.
Arti says, “Parmarth has helped me to continue my education and my ambition to do good for the society. I wish many more girls get educated and bring about change in their lives’’