Stories from the field

A Beacon of Hope for Homeless People - Roop Chand

Roop Chand A beacon of hope for homeless people Born in a small town in Barabanki district, Uttar Pradesh, Roop Chand moved to Delhi at the young age of 20. A victim of inter-generational homelessness, Roop Chand spent the next 15 years of his life…
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Socially conscious with Ilam Mottukal Programme

Amidst the usual din of learning at the Academic Support Centre (ASC) at TNDTA school, an animated young student is busy feverishly explaining and engaging members of her class group in a discussion on the functions of different body parts. Her…
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Sashakt Women Propelling Social Parity

“Why aren’t you marrying off your daughter yet? Do you want us to approach the Panchayat to resolve the issue?” “Why do you need to continue her education? Do you think your daughter will be the next Prime Minister of this country?” No sooner had…
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“Self-reliance, The Key to Success”

“The word Naukricomes from Naukar,” says 30-year-old Anju Bala. “Today I am confident enough to provide livelihood options to several in need and I thank the DISHA project for this encouragement,” she adds. Anju is referring to the Hindi word for…
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Sashakt: Creating Choices, Emboldening Voices

These days, a repetitive “kuk kuk kuk” sound mostly welcomes the visitors as they enter Rukmini Bai’s gracefully minimal, earth-made house in Sanwadi village of Sheopur district in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. One may also enter the…
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Economic Freedom with Gender Parity

Watching us approach her shop, 35-year-old Rekha Devi’s husband, Ashok Kumar, left in haste while she sat hunched over her sewing machine table, jotting down measurements for a small number of customers in her work diary. He was quick to return,…

Nutrition and food security through Moringa – the Miracle Tree

Nutrition and food security through Moringa – the Miracle Tree Ms Shubha Devi, a 38 year old resident of Chalaha village, block Bangermau, Unnao was one of the first enthusiastic users of Moringa plant. As part of her homestead garden, she planted…
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Produce Locally, Buy Locally: A Woman Entrepreneur’s Mantra

“The power just went off,” says 45-year-old Sharda Devi as she opens the door to her house located on a cul de sac in Lal Wala Kuan area of Mahendragarh, Haryana; her bright smile lighting up the darkened room. Soft, regular rattling sound of a…
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A Small Start to A Big Dream

Nearly 17 years ago, when Pushpa Saini moved to Mahendragarh, Haryana from her native Mandawar in Rajasthan, she carried in her heart all the usual hopes and dreams that a newly-wed in rural India nurtures. Today, as we sit in her tiny but copious…
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Sashakt Women for Sustainable Forest Produce

It is nearly daybreak as 28-year-old Kadi Bai sits on the slightly elevated courtyard of her house to check on the packed lunch and drinking water. Soon, her husband, Balram, and two other neighbours join her, and the four start the 10-kilometre…

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Meet Arti, an AWC Nemmrana Student

Meet Arti, an AWC Neemrana Student “After my father’s suicide, I felt shattered and hopeless. My family’s future seemed bleek ” This could have been the end of Arti’s story but it became the beginning of a valiant struggle against her circumstances…

Aseem- A story of struggle and triumph

Aseem- A story of struggle and triumph Aseem a 9 year old vivacious boy lives with his family in slums of Chakkapur village, Gurgaon. Just like an average 9 year old he is mischievous, spirited and curious but that is where the similarities end.…
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Ushering in A Wave of Transformation

Just a day before we met Archana at her house in Sanwadi village in Sheopur district of MP, her village had witnessed a spectacle of an event that the village residents were still talking about amidst peals of laughter. “Yesterday, the men of our…
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Financial Literacy: A New Era of Women Empowerment

22-year-old Mamta Devi of Rajgarh tehsil in Rajasthan is fidgety as she sits on the charpoy, next to her husband, clutching her one-year-old daughter nervously with both her hands. She has good reasons to be anxious. After all, women sitting next to…
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Nutrition Garden - Virmati Yadav's Story

Nutrition Homestead Garden - Virmati Yadav's Story Virmati Devi, a 35 year old woman was the first in her Self Help Group in Alwar, to sow a homestead garden in her backyard. Typically poor households spend from 60 to 80 percent of their income on…
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The taste of financial independence

A peacock hastily crosses the road and dives into a mustard field while on the left of the road, three beautiful migratory cranes flap their wings in a pond with the setting sun in the background. Atail is a picturesque village in Rohtak, Haryana…
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Produce Locally, Buy Locally: A Woman Entrepreneur’s Mantra

“The power just went off,” says 45-year-old Sharda Devi as she opens the door to her house located on a cul de sac in Lal Wala Kuan area of Mahendragarh, Haryana; her bright smile lighting up the darkened room. Soft, regular rattling sound of a…
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Ilam Mottukal: Helping girl students inch closer to their dreams

Subha Lakshmi is a 3rd standard student in Panchayat Union Middle School, P.M. Thevar Colony, Tuticorin. She is the eldest of the four siblings, with two younger brothers and a newborn baby sister. Subha’s parents work as daily wage laborers in a…
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Step-up Centres: Tackling the Migration Challenge

12-year-old Neeraj’s clear eyes, bright smile and loud greeting make him stand apart as one enters Step-Up Centre, Dharuhera. A native of Panna district of Madhya Pradesh, it was only three years ago that Neeraj stepped out of his home state for the…
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Weaving her own future through education

“My job was to segregate the second-hand clothes coming to the factory according to their colours,” says Nitu as nonchalantly as if she was talking about a daily chore. “No matter how diligently I worked, the owner of the factory would constantly…

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