Kusum is proud to be working her own land.
Educated until: 7th std.
Address: At Sabalewadi, Post. Sangnore, Tal. Junnar, Dist. Pune.
Mrs. Kusum’s family consists of herself, her husband, her two daughters, her son and her in-laws. They live in Sabalewadi village, described as "a tribal and most backward area of Pune district." Kusum’s family lost their fertile land due to construction of Pimpalgaon Joge dam. The fertile land was submerged, and all that remains is on the slopes and barren. This meant Kusum had to work on others' fields, walking 14-15 km daily one way. Their life as wage labourers was very difficult, as only Kusum and her husband could work to support the seven of them. Also, because they had to leave the house very early and returned very late, they were not able to look after either the children, or the elderly in-laws.
A few months back Kusum joined a Self-help Group and started saving Rs. 20 per month from her meager income. NISD’s representative told her about the Land Leveling Scheme implemented by NISD and how it could will help to make their remaining sloped land productive. Kusum discussed with his family members but they had no money. Kusum’s Self-help Group helped by giving her a loan. Thus Kusum leveled 2 acres of unproductive, barren land. Family members started cultivating this land, growing crops such as millet, wheat and various vegetables. They produced a paddy in the rainy season, and reaped much food and grain. From the profit they not only repaid the loan but also dug a well in their field to solve irrigation problem. Now both husband and wife work in their own field as proud farmers and fulfill all their family needs from the income. Kusum can now take time to care for the children, their education and her elderly in-laws.
This is all thanks to the Self-help Group; only possible through the generosity of the donors.