Case Studies

Case Studies

 

 

 

 

NAME: Renuka Devi, Ganda Devi and Kausalya Devi Initiative: Village Development Village: Ghospur State: Bihar Women Transform Ghospur Village in Bihar “If we won’t, then who will? Many people also compliment our determination and that we have been able to build a relationship with local government.” (Renuka Devi) “We got orientation and awareness from women leaders from other villages on how to work together to improve your village through mapping, identifying problems and solutions.” (Ganga Devi) “Earlier we used to only worry about our own families, but through this initiative we know that we can do a lot for the community.” (Kausalya Devi) Ghospur village is vulnerable to recurrent floods. There was no proper road or infrastructure and the community was living in difficult conditions. This village is far away from the nearest town,Birpur, and it was difficult to carry patients and pregnant women to take to hospital. There were about 100 households, dependent on agriculture. Over the last two years, changes in vision, attitude and leadership are visible and women are in the lead making this change. Two years ago, Ghoghardiha Prakhand Swarajya Vikas Sangh (GPSVS)and SSP facilitated the setting up of a Self-Help Group in Ghospur. Kausalya Devi, Ganga Devi and Shanti Devi took the lead in learning how to organise and mobilise women members, need for conducting vulnerability mapping, attending training on disaster preparation and looking for sustainable livelihoods. More than 30 women participated in the mapping exercise. The many problems identified in the mapping was lack of roads, anganwadi, raised hand pumps, strong houses, insufficient water for irrigation, unsafe drinking water leads to water borne diseases and increase health expenditure, lack of toilets, sand deposit in agriculture land, lack of ambulance service, lack of high land in time for flood and loss in agriculture. As their understanding of their own risk and vulnerabilities improved, the SHGs called upon community leaders and ward members to join their members in discussing these problems and identifying solutions.

NAME: Shila Devi   Initiative: Eco-friendly Farming Village: Godiyari District: Darbhanga, Bihar

SHILA DEVI, ECO-FRIENDLY FARMING PIONEER FROM DARBHANGAShilaDevi lives in Godiyari village, by the Bagmatiriver which floods its banks every year. People in her village have been adversely affected by unexpected weather changes, decreased agricultural yield and therefore, income, at a time when input costs of chemical fertilisers and pesticides are very high. In 2014, SwayamShikshanPrayog and KanchanSeva Ashram partnered to introduce sustainable agricultural practices in climate change-affected and disaster-prone communities. They selected 20 women from the area to participate in a training programme on sustainable practices in agriculture. Shila Devi was one of them, and this proved a life-transforming experience for her.

How to make bio-pesticide Neemleef (Azadirachtaindica) - 1 kg, Green Chilli – 200 gm, Jaggery - 100 gm, Rejected dry tobacco leaves – 500, Akaunleef  - 1 kg,  Cow urine – 10 litre,  Gur 150 gm, 10 litre cow urine. (Mix this ingredient in 10 litre cow urine and keep it for 20 days and use it).

Shila Devi has one cow and one acre of agricultural land where she and her husband, Shri Ram Chandra, cultivate mustard, wheat, onion and vegetables. In Lucknow, she learnt how to prepare bio-compost using local leaves as well as natural pesticide, and decided to prepare her own. When she started using the bio-compost, neighbours asked her about the ‘new medicine.’ Shila Devi shared her knowledge. The response was very positive as pest attacks reduced and yield increased. She felt encouraged to prepare larger quantities of the pesticide for outside sale. She says, “This bio-pesticide is the best alternative to chemical pesticides buy from market that is costly, damage crops, environment and affect our health.” The production cost of the bio-pesticide is Rs. 10/- per litre but Shila Devi is able to sell it for Rs. 30/- per litre. In six month, she has been able to purchase one buffalo mainly in order to use its urine to meet growing demand for the pesticide. She now earns Rs. 3000/- per month by selling bio-pesticide and Rs. 6500/- per season from vegetable sales. Around 40% of the farmers in Goriyari are using this pesticide and she has trained eleven women in other villages to make this pesticide for their use and for sale. As a leader of Ahilya Mahila Mandal (Self Help Group), Shila Devi has been encouraging community to take small steps to address issues relating to the impact of climate change and floods on agriculture affected by floods and climate change. She has set in motion an interest in eco-friendly farming practices such as the use of bio-pesticide and vermin compost, that is improving soil fertility and crop health. Most important, she has trained eleven other women in this work, all within one year.

NAME: Ranjana Devi and Lalita Devi Initiative: Resilience Building  Village: Malkoshkapur State: Bihar MALKOSHKAPUR’S WOMEN BUILD RESILIENCE “Whenever you do any good work in the village think about development” (Ranjana Devi) “When we cultivated vegetables last year we got good profit of Rs. 4000. If we expand to more areas we can get much better profit.” (Ranjana Devi) “We contributed money and work in field together. We want to take our community forward.” (Lalita Devi) “We need unity and strength in collective work. We also have to empower with information from meetings and learning visit.” (Lalita Devi) The model village of Malkoshkapur, located in Supaul district near the Nepal border, regularly experiences flooding, even more frequent thanks to climate change. Sand deposits from the Kosi floods have destroyed the fertile land, soil and the environment, considerably reducing family income. Here, women leaders are paving the way for implementing sustainable and innovative ways to deal with floods and are motivating other communities to follow suit. Prior to 2008, there were no Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in this area. After the floods that year, a Madhubani-based NGO, GPSVS entered this village and mobilised the women into SHGs in 2011. This cooperative effort brought significant change to their lives. They learned that they can mobilise around local risk linking with de At a learning exchange between the Malkoshkapur SHG and women’s groups in JagirAraji village, the women conducted vulnerability mapping in the village and identified priorities for action. Some risks identified were weather changes, flooding, poor infrastructure, sanitation, drinking water, health and livelihoods. The mapping and dialogue processes engaged ward members and community leaders as well.

NAME: Rajashree Mane Initiative: Reduces the expenses by growing organic and eat good food Village: Ansurda Taluka: Tuljapur District: Osmanabad

“Agriculture is our land; we have to awaken our field. You change your life at house hold level then you change the community.”

“You can reduce the expenses by growing organic and eat good food.”

Rajashree Mane of Ansurda, a village of 160 households, is a model leader. She belongs to a village where the women were active in development activities even before SSP’s entry. SSP and the Women’s Federation from Tuljapur encouraged them to start Krishi Ghat (Agriculture group), and they enthusiastically did with 16 members in 2014. The first initiative of Krishi Ghat was to take women to Krishi Vigyan Kendra to get training in inter-crops, preparation of land, waste management, soil testing and seed preparation.

SSP facilitated the training where 6 women attended from this village in 2014. These leaders motivated other women to start agriculture with fewer chemicals. They are not using chemicals now. Instead they are preparing own bio-compost and organic manure to use in their small piece of land got from their husbands to do experiments in agriculture. Their main crops are soyabean, jowari, harbara, tur and moong. Rajashri has been cultivating brinjal, tomato, and green chilly in 4 acres of land; and wheat and vegetables in another 20 gunte as mixed crop. She also cultivates Jowar, Wheat and vegetables as mixed crop in season wise. She got training on vermi compost at Taluka Agriculture office 6 months ago.

Rajashri’s family supports for her initiatives. Her husband informs her about new schemes and she share the information with other women in meetings. Rajashri is transferring her knowledge to neighbouring villages.

NAME: Archana Patil Business: Farming  Village: Devsinga Taluka: Tuljapur District: Osmanabad

Climate Change Adaptation Leader from Devsinga

“Women should do farming. We need to cultivate to consume our own food. Who will make it for us?”  Archana Patil comes from Devsinga in drought-prone Marathwada where climate change has meant decreasing rainfall and soil degradation. Archana has worked as a post master for the last 10 years. She finds time in between official work and development initiatives in the village. She motivates other women community about government team, taking poor community to offices and departments. Hardworking, enterprising and committed, as a leader in the Krishi Mahila Mandal and Self-Help Group, she has motivated others to be active and keep learning. Archana and her husband own 10 acres of land which 5 acres are irrigated. The two of them prepare bio pesticides (Dash parni) to use in own field. Through continuous inputs and care, the land has become fertile and productivity and quality have both improved.Archana took one gunta land from her husband and introduced new crops using her own seeds, growing palak, mirchi, kothambir, etc. on an experimental basis. When the productivity increased in the second season, she started in one acre. Using her own seeds she cultivated tur, moong and vegetables.

“We should be courageous to do innovative work. Even if we don’t have anything, we can make miracles,” Archana says.

Apart from the farming business she also has 10 animals and started milk production and fodder cultivation. Poultry farming was also started with the help of a bank loan. The Krishi Mahila Mandal was formed by the Women’s Federation in Devsinga with SSP’s encouragement. It started with 15 women members to address various issues in cultivation, labour and marketing on a collective basis. Each member contributed Rs. 50 per month towards savings. They use the savings to give small loans to members for purchasing seeds, preparation of land, buying motor and irrigation pipes, etc. SSP also contributed Rs. 25,000 as Community Resilience Fund (CRF) to women’s groups to implement innovative practices in agriculture and livelihoods. To facilitate the learning process, SSP took women leaders to KrishiVigyan Kendra, Tuljapur and Agriculture University, Parbani in 2013 and 2014. Women groups selected for the training on soil and water testing, land mulching, seed germination test, preparing amritjal, amrimitti, vermin compost, animal care and fodder management. They got the training on seed preparation, Amrit Jal, Amrit Mitti, Vermi compost, soil testing, bio pesticides, animal care and fodder management. Like Archana, other women have taken land from their husbands to farm with the new practises that have learnt-organic inputs, soil testing, seed germination and vermin compost, for instance. Due to her effort, the practice has been transferred to more than 15 villages.

Archana taught new practices to 15 village communities and more than 2000 women are aware about the initiatives in Devsinga. In 2014, 200 women members from Jalna district visited Devsinga village to see the best practices thru MSRLM programme. Archana has participated in All India Radio discussions and been interviewed twice on Azola preparation and bio pesticides. She has published articles in Agrovan and Adhunik Kisan. She received the Krishi Gaurav Award from Agrovan in 2013 and recognition from Parbani Agricultural University in 2014.

NAME: Savita Namdev Chame Business: Tailoring services and General Store Village: Bhudora Taluka: Aausa District: Latur

 

 

Background: 

Savita, a resident of Bhudora Village, around 9 kms away from Aausa taluka in Latur district was married when she was 12 years old. She has three children- two daughters and a son. Earlier Savita and her husband used to work in the farms but since the daily wage for working on the farms, owned by others were very less - around Rs. 10 per day, it was not feasible for them to continue working. Providing education for their children is the most important goal for them. 

Her business and role in the family: Since, Savita had to attend to her children at home, she wanted to do something productive and as well earn for her children while staying at home and it was with this zeal she started a small business of tailoring: sewing dresses, blouses, pico and falls which she has been engaged in, since 11 years. Savita wanted to earn by herself and have a sustainable business as well, as she says “ghar baithe baithe apne vyawasay ke liye.” For this, her husband provided her with the first Sewing machine. Gradually, with her income over the years from the tailoring business, she decided to take a loan on her sewing machine showing its stable income, and helped her husband who worked as a driver and provided services for others, get a new own vehicle - Tata Ace – for him. Now, he provides various services through his own vehicle. After clearing the interest on the loan and earning some income, her husband invested Rs. 10,000 and also took Rs. 20,000 from the Self – Help Group – Jagriti and added a general store - with imitation jewelleries, women’s accessories and sarees expanding to the existing tailoring services. She also bought and added a new sewing machine.

Engagement with SSEN - How has E - School helped her business? Savita was always looking out for opportunities to earn for her children and to be self- sustainable. When our team went to the villages to introduce and inform about the E-School training and discussed about its content and curriculum to the women, Savita felt that it would help her learn more, develop better knowledge and grow her business. Therefore, she enrolled herself in the E-school and attended the ten- day Entrepreneurship training program. According to her, in terms of her business, she had been doing well but she points out that after the training, provided by the E-school of SSEN, which she successfully completed in January 2013, has positively impacted on her business as well as on her personality.   The training has helped her in many ways:

  1. Knowledge about Whole sale markets - Earlier she would just purchase the goods from Latur market worth how much ever money she had. But now she says, she exactly knows where to go, in which whole sale market and calculate before hand and make purchase. Also, the first time she had gone to purchase items she had to take help of another person who had knowledge about the existing whole sale market and pricing but after the training she does everything by herself and there is no need of external assistance. She claims, if only she had attended the training before, there would have no need to take that person’s help in the first instance too!
  2. Calculate profit and loss – She now has better knowledge of calculating profits and loss during all her transactions; in the wholesale markets or while dealing with the customers.
  3. Better ability in the Display of Products in her store, in a way to attract customers.
  4. Also, she says that her confidence in talking to the customers has increased and that she has learnt a better way to converse and interact with them about the products which she says makes a huge difference in her business.
  5. She has also started keeping records of her business which was absent earlier and started keeping track of the profit margins. She could not provide a rough idea about how much she used to earn before but now she was capable of doing so. Savita now earns around Rs. 3500 to Rs. 5000 per month varying to a normal day or festival times.

Future goals:In future she wants to expand this same business of general store and tailoring services and have a larger store. Already, with strategies such as, keeping sarees for sale, where customers will now buy sarees and ask for the tailoring services too together with selling bangles, artificial jewelleries and other women accessories, her business is therefore doing well. Also, a point to be mentioned, she has kept the amount Rs. 2 lakhs as fixed deposit for the education of her eldest daughter.

NAME: Vanita Mansetty Business: Farming Village: Chivri Taluka: Tuljapur District: Osmanabad

 

 

Story of women leadership in sustainable agriculture – Chivri village, Osmanabad, Maharashtra

 

Chivri is a small village situated near Tuljapur in Osmanabad district. Agriculture is the main source of income for the community. Due to high use of chemicals in agriculture, changes in climate and over utilisation of water for cash crops like sugar cane affected the community badly. They face water scarcity and drought situation every year. This lead to low output in agriculture as well as income. Water for drinking and irrigation is another serious problem in the village.

 

How the changes happened To address these issues, SSP mobilised women groups to learn innovative practices to implement in the village. It was not easy in the beginning. Women Federation leaders like Godavari and Leela used to visit this village and try to mobilise women groups to address the issues faced by the community. But the community was not interested to do any activity apart from normal savings in SHGs. But Godavari did not give up the idea of motivating and transforming the village. She used to visit and in one occasion she invited women groups to participate in an agriculture fair organised by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Tuljpaur in 2013. The fair was jointly organised by Women Federation, Tuljapur and KVK. The event was an exhibition organic agriculture products cultivated by women groups and learning and sharing events among the groups. The event was also recognition of women groups from KVK as change makers in local development. Four women including Vanita Manshetty and Amarja Tai had participated in the Krishi Melava and found interesting on the collective initiative started by women groups in agriculture from other villages. This has prompted the leader Vanita Manshetty to think seriously to do something in the village. The same night around 11 pm Godavari got a call from Vanita saying that they need to form women farmer group in the village. Godavari was surprised by Vanita’s call and her encouraging voice.

Vanita Mansetty – The leader from the villageVanita is a leader in the village who took initiative to form Krishi Mahila Mandal and implementing sustainable agriculture activities. Earlier they were doing agriculture with lots of chemicals fertilisers. Now they reduce chemicals thru using cow manure and in the field. She has 5 cows and it is sufficient to get manure for the cultivation. She did soil testing on her land at KVK, Tuljapur. Based on the result and scientists advice, she prepared land with balanced organic manure. Vanita also started preparing local seeds to use in her own field. Seeds of Tur, soyabean, green gram, red gram, urid are some she preserve and use. She has cultivated Kala Chena in half acre last year and got good profit. This year she got 50 quintal of Kala chena. There is an increase of 4 quintals due to proper planning in farming by her. Vanit says, “Normally in one acre we get only 1 quintal. But thru organic inputs we got 4 quintal now. ” She believes vegetable cultivation is the most important activity that rural women should take. The reason she says, “It gives you regular income, cash comes in your hand and it is healthy to eat. Vanita got a profit of Rs. 2000 from the cultivation of palak, tomato, kothambir, mrchi in 3 gunte. The expense was Rs. 5000 for seeds, labour and organic fertiliser.

Learning visits Women groups attended various trainings organised by SSP and KVK in regular intervals. This has opened an opportunity for women groups to experiment new agriculture practices in their own land. As a learning enthusiast and active leader, Vanita visited Latur, Kolhapur, Barabangi to learn new practices in February and March 2015. Women groups also went to Kolhapur to see 1 acre model of agriculture. They found 80 varieties in 1 acre with no chemicals. They tried to do the same kind of initiatives in their village. “Learning and teaching should be always there to make changes within the community”. – Amarja. Impact Awareness programme organised by SSP has helped women groups to do adaptive agriculture practices. After the change, women members are discussing health, nutrition and agriculture related activities in the SHG meetings. Through continuous interaction and learning they started thinking about how to produce local good quality of food crops to address food security and health. According to a women leader “Whatever food needed by the household should start cultivating by themselves. These initiatives provide daily fresh vegetables, it increase nutrition status of the family, and get additional income.” Through vegetable cultivation, they get additional income and healthy food. Earlier they used to spend around 1000 rupees every year for health expenditure. Now it is being reduced to Rs. 500 and women’s HB level is normal now. “Our confidence increase when we see other leaders’ activities. If they do, why can’t I? ask Vanita”. With her leadership they have formed 20 groups in 2 neighbouring villages with 25 members. One major change in their life is shifting from chemical to organic practices. Now she can take own decisions on what to cultivate, use of money from vegetables. She never went outside village till 2013. Now she is visiting various places to learn and share best practices. Confidence has increased as a leader and she is recognised by family for her efforts. “I changed myself and my daughters also observing the change and they are proud about her activities. I am happy and my family is happy.” – Vanita

 

 

 

 

 

NAME: Usha Kamble Business:Kirana Shop and Flour GrinderVillage: Bhudora Taluka: Aausa District: Latur

 

 

Background:

 

Usha Kamble, resident of Bhudora village in Latur has been looking after her Kirana shop for past 15 years now. She married at a very early age of 9 years when she was studying in standard 3 and her, to-be husband was studying in standard 9 at the age of 14 years. She is a mother of five children - three daughters and two sons, four of them married now.

 

Her business and role in the familyHer husband used to work in the Mill, but after working for almost 12 years the mill shut down and they had to work in their farm. They have around 12 acres of farm land and produce Jowar, tur, sun flowers and more. Since the farm was 2-3 kms aways from the house, and transport being a problem for Usha, it got difficult for her to continue working. So, she started a kirana shop at her house. Also, with the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) which her husband had received when the mill shut down, they invested that money and bought a Flour (Atta ) Grinder machine.

Why this business?Usha had decided to open a Kirana shop as there were no other kirana shops nearby their village. Also, having gained work experience in the Mill, they had an upperhand in the idea of investing and getting an Atta – Flour grinder at home, as they could now grind the flour at home and sell in their own kirana shop.

Engagement with SSEN- How has E-School helped her business? It was our mobilizing team who, when addressed to the women about the E-school and the Entrepreneurship training curriculum, explained to them about its content and how it would help them and their business to grow, Usha was convinced to attend the training hoping it would make a difference to her business. She now says that after completing this ten- day Entrepreneurship training which she had undergone last year, it has turn out to be very helpful. She firmly says that now she knows what type of products to bring to the shop, from where to get the products and how to give offers on different type of products so as to attract customers. She also mentioned that after attending the training, she has now understood more about the goal setting and various other concepts which has helped their business to grow. She tells us, that their monthly income from the mill and the shop, together has increased by Rs. 1000-2000 per month.

Ideas for Expansion vs Challenges With the help of the training and knowledge about market- customer demand, Usha wanted to further expand her business by making noodles- as she already has the flour grinder, and the shop to sell it, but due to lack of finances and financial support she had to let go of this idea. She wanted to introduce noodles and not anything else, as she says they have a lot of demand in her village. For this, she wanted to take a loan from the SHG – on the kirana shop- but since all the women in the SHG had different businesses and failed to take decisions. Therefore, the noodles making idea had to be forgotten. The only challenge she faces, is- in terms of finances. Thus, shes taken two loans from the bank till now, Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 50,000 but has successfully both have been cleared off.

Why a success? Therefore, training has immensely helped her in expanding their business and has provided her with better outlook in the way business is carried on– Analyze the demand and how to expand the business. Also, it was seen that her husband was equally helping her in the business, which can be one important factor for the success of her business. She now has four of her children married, staying in a pucca – one storeyed house with all the facilities - T.V. refrigerator and water purifier – swach. She is also saving money in the co-operatives in case of future uncertainties.

 

 

NAME: Savita Futane Business:Tailoring services Village: Gangapur District: Latur

 

 

Background:

 

Savita is from Gangapur village in Latur. She got married soon after she was 18 years old. She had her first daughter after 6 years of marriage and later had another daughter.Savita felt the need to have some amount of money for herself, ‘ haath kharcha’ as she describes - like the monthly pocket money. She wanted to have this own, extra money so that she will be able to provide her children whenever they asked. She is also an Asha worker in the village.

Initiating her business and role in the family With two children growing up, Savita had to stay home and look after them, but with the will and passion to do something by herself, she started with the small home based business of handicrafts - decorative pieces- using ice cream sticks, thermocol and many more, commonly used and demanded during village weddings. Since, the demand for these handicrafts products would be very seasonal, Savita had to think about another alternative. Slowly and gradually, she saved enough money and initiated her tailoring services- specially Punjabi dresses and blouse. Her business has been running for over a year now. Her husband, used to work as an Auto rickshaw driver but he sold the auto rickshaw and now works as an electrician on contract basis.

Engagement with SSEN- How has E-School helped her business? Savita had taken up the entrepreneurship training from the E-school SSEN last year, and she believes that the training has helped her in manifold. According to her, some portions of the curriculum such as maintaining Customer relationship and product display, showcasing and designing were the ones which interested and helped her immensely. Her customers infact, asks her to suggest designs for their dresses now. Also, she was very happy mentioning, that earlier, customers used to ask for credit or use her services on credit and she could not deny or say anything but now she very well knows how to distinguish between these customers, talk politely and handle them accordingly. Knowledge about Customer relationship and management has become a very important instrument for her. She no more works on credit! She said that before training around 10-20 customers used to come but now, after the training around 50-60 customers have started coming.

Future goals and Challenges She wants to send her children to bigger schools in future and also build a proper ‘pucca’ house as they are staying in a kutchha house at present . In terms of her entrepreneurial skills, Savita wants to expand her ongoing tailoring business by adding cosmetics, imitation jewelleries and women’s traditional wear store. The main obstacle for Savita and her family is their financial condition.

 

 

NAME: Rajashree Maruti Anantwad Business:Shop and Vegetable StoreVillage: Bori District: Latur

 

 

Background:

 

Rajashree married at the age of 15 years and now it has been 20 years they have got married. She has three daughters – eldest is 13 years, 6 years and youngest is 5 years. She was engaged in tailoring business and her husband has a Ration shop and was also working in the Bank but on daily wages. Even though after working for many years, he was not recognized as a permanent staff, he decided to leave the job and do something on his own. At this juncture, they took a loan on the sewing machine – her tailoring business and started a shop. They decided to invest and start a shop as they knew that the area near their village have two schools and a college and thought it would be very profitable for them. Advantage of the location settings.

 

Engagement with SSEN – How has E-School helped her business?After Rajashree attended the E- school – entrepreneurship training, she tells us that it has really helped her in Product pricing, studying and analyzing the rates during purchase from the market, to sell to her customers and also learnt about customer management. She tells us how she purchased goods for her Shop for the very first time. She narrates to us that they had taken Rs. 5000 as initial capital and went to Latur market to get products for the shop. They just asked the person in the shop to provide them with products and goods worth the amount. They possessed no idea about how business was to be run, the market rates and at what prices are they supposed to buy. But now, she says she has learnt about the pricing and how much to purchase and at what price through the training. Also, she says, now they have better knowledge about the whole sale markets and not only about t he market but they also know which products to purchase and which ones they shouldn’t. She also used the knowledge of customer attraction and is using it well as she has put some wooden benches in front of the shop and also keeps the vegetables for sale. She says that when people come to the shop, they will see the vegetables and thus might purchase them too. Therefore, the training has helped her to think in a very entrepreneurial way – able to calculate the profit and loss and work towards expanding their business.

Way ahead She continued the tailoring business for only four years as she says it was not so profitable for her. Both husband and wife believe that since they have three daughters, they have to look after them properly. Priority is their children. They have always tried to do something or the other which will help them increase their income. They stay in a two room kutccha house at present, but have already started building and have already laid the foundation for a proper pucca house. Their dream is to provide good education to all three daughters. She has already committed to a LIC policy in the name of her eldest daughter for 20 years and wants to send her for engineering course as her eldest daughter wishes to. Similarly, they plan to work, earn and do the same for the other two children and provide them a better life.

                     

NAME: Sheetal Futane Business:Dairy Village: Gangapur District: Latur

 

 

Background:

 

Sheetal was born in Latur. She studued till 11th standard in Latur and then got married and came to Gangapur village. She is now married for 12 years. Her husband and her in-laws have their own farm land and are engaged in farming. But the village suffers from the problem of water scarcity.Therefore, as an alternative, in the last 5 years, her in-laws have simultaneously started with the dairy business. They chose dairy and not anything else as the waste of the cows can be used in the farm as manure. And the produce or the waste of the farm can be used for the cows.

 

Engagement with SSEN- How has E-School helped her business?Since, it’s a joint family, Sheetal was at first obligated to help her in-laws and get engaged in the dairy business. She then attended and completed the Entrepreneurship training last year and shares with us how it has now benefitted their business. She first mentions that the training itself was very good and she gained knowledge on maintaining Customer relationships, expanding the business and how it enhances their daily livelihood. She says the training was really helpful for her as now she has around 12 customers whereas earlier she just had 7 customers. Also, she says after the training, their income has definitely increased and with that increase in income they are now able to afford and send their children to an English medium school in Latur. Since, Latur is around 12kms far, they are even able to hire a pool-in van for their children to go to school. For the problem of water scarcity, they have tried digging 2 -3 borewells but the water is still scarce in the area. She honestly tells us that due to water shortage they cannot completely depend on the output or produce from the farm. Also, if the dairy business would not have progressed and if she had not attended the training she says they would not have been able to afford her children’s education in the present school.Entrepreneurship Training has thus played a very important role in Sheetal’s life and in providing a better education and life for her children.

Way ahead Sheetal is highly interested in learning beautician courses and wishes to start a beauty parlour of her own in future.