Impact Stories

May 6, 2019

She was on a ‘Vision’
by Ashutosh Mishra

“Kis kis ko rokoge? Charai to sabhi karte hain!” “Humara dada to chale jate hain Bambai, kaam ke vastey – kaun karega kheti?” “Paani kahan hai ke kheti karoge?” The questions were pertinent; the answers seemed complicated. But with Balbina, even the most complicated issues would find easy solutions. Every effort of her was helping her fellow villagers collectivise for betterment of their lives, and Balbina was setting new standards of living for everyone.
May 6, 2019

The Long Walk…To Relief
by Jayashree Mohanta

Women in Bandih village, were allowed to defecate only at dawn and after dusk. The nearest bushy area where they could get some respite from the onlookers’ intrusive eyes and pervasive remarks was three kilometers away from their huts.
April 22, 2019

The Silken Threads Smoothening Her Path
Story & Photos by Souparno Chatterjee

“Mera beta chala gya hai, tu bhi apne ghar ja. Ye zameen mai apni beti ke naam kar dungi” said her mother-in-law after Ramesh’s death. But […]
April 8, 2019

Something She Learnt, Some Examples She Set
by Bibek Das

“If you want to stay here, you need to take care of Maa. She is ill and needs care and medication. You will have to manage […]
February 25, 2019

Battered And Bruised, Yet She Stands Tall
by Sushmita Dutta

Rising early, heading to the bushes to answer nature’s call, cooking, husband’s farm, working in others’ farm as labourer, MGNREGA job-site, ration shop, village well, forest, […]
January 22, 2019

Tulashi’s Tale: from Iron Mine to Mining a Miracle

I live in the Jamudiha village in the Keonjhar district of Odisha. My village is an archetypical representation of deprivation in this area: rocky landscape, little cultivable land, rain-fed agriculture, high distress migration and desperate labour work in the mines. I am from the Bhuyan tribe, which means ‘children of the soil’. Some believe that our ancestors sprang out of ‘Mother Earth’ miraculously and thus the name.
January 22, 2019

In the shadow of Mount Abu, Phula shines as an Entrepreneur

The legend goes that it was Phula Bai who decided that the Garasias make the place, with a flowing stream at the foothills of Mount Abu, […]
January 22, 2019

Murky to Sparkling Water in School

Rashmi’s children were already adults and students in the school were unrelated to her. Yet she could not reconcile the fact that they were forced to drink contaminated water in school every day. The spark to change in Rashmi had been lit some months back in the trainings on citizenship.
January 22, 2019

Their notion of “birthright” undergoes a paradigm shift

Padmabati had a dream. She dreamt of a small family built with love and care. A distant relative, from a village about 12 kms from her […]