The original families have now had the privilege of becoming proud donors by passing on livestock, grass seed and vegetable saplings to a new generation of families in need. The sale of livestock and vegetables from their farm has earned project participant families an average of $2,993 during this reporting period. The increased income has also influenced the families’ food consumption habits by incorporating milk and fresh vegetables into their diet. Thirty-five families initiated vermiculture, and 40 families started using organic compost in their farms, reducing the amount of chemical fertilizer used in the community. Project participants are very aware of the impact of applying healthy practices in their households and communities. The addition of 23 concrete toilets and 35 improved cooking stoves built during this period will have a positive impact on improving the quality of life for beneficiary families. The communities involved in the project are enjoying a more harmonious life. Project activities emphasizing values-based development have resulted in the eradication of discriminatory behavior, disputes and domestic violence in participating groups. Many women have learned to read, write and have also become adept in basic numeracy skills, making their daily lives a lot easier. Infrastructure improvements in participating communities were evident during this period. The Laligurans and Kopila Women’s Group were awarded a grant for $1,392 from the Municipality Office to black-top more than half a mile of a community road. They also received $487 for controlling soil erosion on the riverbanks. Additionally, the Godavari Women’s Group received a plot of land worth $6,961 where a community building will be constructed. These are indicators of stronger group-cohesion and long-term vision for sustainable changes made possible by leveraging community resources and Heifer’s support.
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