Green Suc­cess

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

loans are help­ing fe­male farm­ers of the Dalit com­mu­nity to play their role in poverty alle­vi­a­tion and en­sur­ing food se­cu­rity by cul­ti­vat­ing win­ter vegetables. A group of 30 fe­male farm­ers has been at the fore­front of this cam­paign as they cul­ti­vate vegetables such as brin­jal, beans, pump­kin, cab­bage, cauliflower, arum, car­rot, tomato, potato, okra, cu­cum­ber, ginger, turmeric and paddy. They are helped in their ef­forts by an NGO Self Help As­so­ci­a­tion for Ru­ral Peo­ple through Ed­u­ca­tion and En­trepreneur­ship (SHA­REE), which is work­ing to in­volve women in en­sur­ing food se­cu­rity.

Five fe­male farm­ers were given awards for chang­ing their lot by cul­ti­vat­ing green vegetables and sell­ing them in the lo­cal mar­kets.

A fe­male farmer, mother of four chil­dren, started cul­ti­vat­ing vegetables on a to­tal of 4 katas of land by tak­ing a loan of 8,000 Takkas from a lo­cal NGO in 2007. She is now an af­flu­ent housewife, who sends her chil­dren to school and owns six goats.

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