“There is this inherent belief that the poor are different. But we have to realize that they want what we want: to make a living and support their families”

Driving to a good life

Twenty-year old Hutoka Zhimo comes from Thakiye village in Zunheboto district, Nagaland. While his mother is a housewife, Hutoka’s father is the village Gaon Bura (Chief) but his father’s monthly income of Rs. 3,000 was insufficient to meet even basic requirements of the family. Being the eldest child, Hutoka was always keen to take care of his family but in the absence of any guidance he remained clueless about what to do with his future. He fell into bad company and discontinued education which led

to a lot of conflict and tension at home. Bad habits and poverty became hurdles even though his father tried to help Hutoka. The Don Bosco Centre, which organises drives in villages for unemployed youth to get skill training – a move supported by THF, met Hutoka and told him about the program. Hutoka was motivated, saw hope and informed his parents. They agreed to send him to the Foundation supported training Center Don Bosco Tech in Assisi, Dimapur. He was inspired to build his career through the BASE

High yields change lives

Tersingh magan Vasuniya of Chokhwara Block, Thandla in Jhabua district, MadhyaPradesh has been supported by The Hans Foundation in his efforts to increase his income and have better livelihood options. He’s 50-years old with six members in his family. Tersingh has a small land holding of 1.30 acres and his sole source of livelihood is growing of cereals during the rain-fed season and gram, after rains. He has one shallow open dug well and insufficient water during irrigation periods.
The family’s annual food requirements are not fulfilled with the amount of grain production from the field. Thus, Tersingh and his sons were used to migrating to towns of Gujarat for more than five months to work as labourers. Despite having fertile land the family was facing difficulty mainly because of absence of water for irrigation. Rainfed crops were not enough to provide food for the whole year.
Tersingh was one of the farmers in a group taken for an exposure visit to Sadguru’s project area of best water and agriculture practices. Under this project, with technical guidance of The Hans Foundation and Sadguru Foundation, he started creeper vegetable cultivation in 0.1 ha of land. He was guided to adopt Two-Tier Trellis system for vegetable cultivation in both winter and summer. The availability of water decreasing due to increase in temperature and poor monsoon, it was becoming difficult to maintain crops under trellis and there were chances that the young plants may suffer. Then, Tersinghbhai started watering each plant using buckets. He was able to protect his vegetable crop.

Threads of change

The Jama masjid Empowerment Center (JEMC) is special in more ways than one. It targets not only economically downtrodden women but also a section of society that misses out on being mainstreamed, given its orthodox community limitations. Women from this community do not have the luxury of free mobility beyond Jama Masjid area. This empowerment center not only raises awareness on required independence but also silently paves way for gender sensitization. The JMEC, sponsored by The Hans Foundation provides skill training with a focus on overall personality development via exposure and confidence building techniques through volunteers and project managers. Facilities such as medical assistance and adult education are a part of this approach. Nafees* is one of the thousands of women from downtrodden areas. Coming from Jama Masjid area, her exposure to an independent life was a far off dream. After her husband’s demise, Nafees’ in-laws refused to take care of her teenage daughter’s school fees. Her daughter dropped out of school but Nafees was determined to fight this problem. She attended a mobilization camp organized by Samarpan Foundation and prepared for a life of economic independence. Nafees now dreams of her economic independence with committed learning and will be a certified tailor soon. She exhibits keen interest in ensuring that her daughter completes her education and also intends to include her in the vocational training. She has a support group with whom she shares her domestic issues and also is a beacon of change for fellow women. With her new found spirit, her equation with parents-in-law has also improved.

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