Sabila is 13 year old and resides in Siroli Kalan in village Hamiraka. She attended the KSP center run by Rubia along with her younger sister Faranah. KSP (Kishori Shiksha Program) was a great opportunity. Not only I can read and write now, I can do calculation and also keep account of milk sold by my family.
The VDG in my hamlet Ramlal ki Dhani, in village Nibbahedi, was formed in 2010. We have successfully managed to overcome many of our village problems through our VDG since then. We had very few sources for drinking water in 2009 and EP team advised and helped us to prepare an application and submit it to the local MLA. Our application was accepted and very soon 3 hand pumps were installed in our hamlet. In 2011 our VDG members visited the Barefoot College Tilonia, Many of my villagers were illiterate and felt inspired by the Night School concept of Barefoot College. EP supported us in setting up a Night School I taught 25 adults and made them literate. Our link road measuring 800 meters was kaccha and undulated. Our VDG met the MLA and requested help and again we were successful. VDG also mobilized around 40 farmers and planted 800 fruit trees and facilitated the distribution of seeds to farmers. Ours is one of the oldest VDG and we have implemented most of the program introduced by EP. Not only do our VDG members trust EP, but the whole village trusts EP.
The organisation that I chair, the Grassroots Empowerment Initiative (GEN), has worked with End Poverty since EP was founded in 2009. Much of our experience has been based on partnership working around the full range of EPs work including the catch up education programme for unschooled adolescent girls, the income generation handicrafts project for women farmers, support for Village Development Groups and the work they do with farmers to promote improved dairy farming and the diversification of farm produce. GEN has full faith in what EP does and has done since 2009 and will be fully supportive of EP for the foreseeable future. EP is trusted by villagers in the Tijara Block and continues to flourish and expand. It has an excellent reputation in the Alwar District and it's help is often sought by district and state officials.
I am a farmer and own 5 bighas of land. I used to grow coarse cereal in my fields till I came in contact with End Poverty. At the time my average income was Rs 25,000 per bigha per annum. EP introduced me to horticulture farming. Now I grow fruits in one Bigha and earn almost double the normal crop. I also used cotton seeds provided by EP, which has increased my income by Rs 15,000 per bigha. I am convinced that on the same land I can now earn more.
We are a farmer family and hardly get adequate income from farming. Always looking for alternate sources of income but never came across any such activities. I was lucky to be selected as Sahayika for Shekhpur village. I decided to make good use of this opportunity and now we have a very active ACC with 10 women members. We feel very happy when we work together, it is a great feeling that not only because I earn extra for myself but I supervise and support the livelihood of 10 other women who are benefitted from ACC in our village. EP build my capacity through training and interaction and now I move freely, collect raw material, job work and delivered finished products to EP in their office. I feel confident and take pride in being EP’s ACC Sahayika.
I am an alumnus of Gurukul, hail from Markhal village near Bidar, Karnataka. I completed my B.A. degree and started working at Jai Mataji Institute as a receptionist with a salary of Rs 6000 per month to support my parents who are both farmers. I was not satisfied with the work I was doing. Then one of my friends referred me to join Gurukul. I learned a lot of new concepts including numeracy to financial literacy. I got placed in HMS Host in Bangalore with Rs 11,200 per month. Recently I received a recognition certificate for my dedication towards work and performing to the best of my capabilities. I am very grateful to the trainers and the team at Gurukul for making me believe to never settle down unless you achieve what you wanted to.
I am a dairy farmer from Sandarsar village, Renwal, Jaipur and own 3 milch animals. I have been trained by EP’s Shwetdhara team on dairy farming and also how to use cattle feed provided by EP which helped me to reduce the cost of feed by Rs. 30 per animal per day. I have experienced that milk production for my cow increased by 2.5 liters and even fat content increased by 1 point. First, I could not believe this and it completely changed the way we have been rearing animals for ages. I have also used ABS semen given by End Poverty and I was quite surprised to see the new calf which weighs 30 Kg. I have never had such a healthy calf in the past. I am truly amazed at the difference that EP’s Shwetdhara is making towards my earnings in dairy
Sumitra is the Country Director of iPartner India that has been a friend and supporter of End Poverty since its inception in 2009. iPartner India is involved with End Poverty to provide programmatic and technical processes support and financial support for its projects and in reaching organizational development goals. Sumitra finds that the organization's work for girls education and women's livelihood is making an impactful change in a difficult geography.