Prakash, the leader of the project sent me this story a couple of weeks ago. I found it really moving, but also incredible - how simple measures seem to be making a big difference for individuals, and by extension whole families on the ground. Here's the story of Bhagubai -
Mrs. Bhagubai Ashok Tajanpure was residing at Saikhnidi. As her husband is not educated or skilled he was working as wage labour. But it was not possible for him to maintain his family in his small earnings. Therefore Bhagubai forced to roll bidis to supplement her husband’s income. Her all three children are taking education and therefore both- husband and wife’s- income is not sufficient and they were living in extreme poverty. Their house was just like a hut, which was not safe, secure and suitable to live. In winter and rainy seasons they are facing maximum problems due to this low quality housing condition. They are always scared in nighttime.
Once Mrs. Bhagubai came in contact with NISD’s staff and enrolled her name in the SHG. NISD also helped her financially to purchase 5 goats, which afterwards increased upto 25-30. Her husband started looking after the goat as he got full time work and good and permanent income source out of goat sale, milk and manure. This increased their saving.
But still their house problem was not solved because there income was not sufficient to construct house by taking bank loan. In the SHG meeting she came to know Habitat joint housing project initiated by NISD in that area. She raised some money from her relatives, took loan from NISD Bachat Gat Mahasangh and applied to Habitat’s support. By noticing her need NISD sanctioned her proposal and assisted her. Her husband and she both worked as labour on the construction.
Now Bhagubai says that she never expected that she could build such house but because of Habitat and NISD’s support she could able to build her dream house. Now we have safe, secure and good house where we can sleep fearlessly, she added.
Let's carry on helping to make people's dreams a reality!