Project Plan Update
Project Objective #1: 100% of the project families will have significantly increased their income levels by the end of the project period.
Self-Help Groups (SHGs) are continuously doing different activities to increase their group fund which is further used by themselves on loan basis to make the extra income. Implementation of Improved Animal Management (IAM) learning has supported improvement in animal quality as well as production. Livestock raising and vegetable farming have been major sources of income and adopted by all project families. Some of the project families have started poultry farming, grocery selling and other micro enterprise using their SHG fund for more incomes. SHGs are focusing on child education and health care facilities due to increased income. Increased income from multiple sources has been effective in improving the overall status of the project families; some have them have added assets.
Project Objective #2: 100% of the participating families will have improved their nutrition, hygiene and sanitation by the end of the project period.
Personal hygiene and balanced diet has been highly focused by all families. Animals are treated in an improved way; regular shed cleaning and feeding of improved fodder/forage has improved animal quality. Due to the effective service provided by Community Animal Health Workers (CAHWs), animal mortality has been decreased with improved quality and production. Fresh vegetable, milk and milk products and eggs are becoming a regular part of the project families' meals. Common diseases have been minimized significantly due to the focus on sanitation and personal hygiene. SHGs have started taking health care facility from nearby sub health posts.
In its first three months, EADD II focused on refining project strategies to optimize resources, ensure efficiency and monitor progress. These initial steps are vital to laying a foundation that will give farmers the ability to connect with a professional and modern dairy sector. Implementation efforts included:
Sudama, 50, lives with her husband and three children in Belha village, India. A few years ago, the family sank into poverty when they borrowed money for their daughter’s marriage. Moreover, water shortages in their village significantly reduced the harvests from their family farm, forcing the family to also work as laborers to survive.
Heifer International’s partner, Ghoghardiha Prakhand Swarajya Vikas Sangh (GPSVS), formed Farmer Clubs in Sudama’s village. Sudama and her husband joined and learned improved agricultural techniques like the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and the System of Wheat Intensification (SWI). These skills helped improve their farming, but it was not enough to fully support their family.
In April 2011, Sudama joined a Heifer self-help group and attended all the mandatory trainings. She received a cow that is now producing about two gallons of milk per day. Sudama sells the milk at the dairy cooperative (linked with Sudha dairy) where she also serves as its secretary.
Sudama also started a small shop that sells compost to farmers, and became a Community AgroVet Entrepreneur (CAVE). Now, she provides basic veterinary care within her community, earning between 30 to 50 Indian rupees (about 50 to 83 cents) per day.
Sudama’s household income has increased to about 7,000 Indian rupees (about $117) per month. She repaid the loan for her daughter’s marriage, and is now supporting her children’s education and saving for the future.