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.