Impact Stories

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 […]
January 17, 2019

Standing together, these marginalized women are an invincible force

(Why have you gathered here? What do you want?) said the Police Officer to members of Ekta Mahila Sangh, the block level federation of women SHGs […]
January 7, 2019

Harvesting “Trust”

Keshabati Mohanta is from Naubudani village of Chakidi Gram Panchayat, situated amidst thick hilly forests, in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha. Like the majority of her fellow […]
December 21, 2018

What have you done for your country? – Reminisces of a Development Professional

It was September 2016, a usual Tuesday afternoon at Dina Tola; the villagers were waiting to collect their monthly quota of ration from the fair price […]
November 17, 2018

Flight to Freedom – Shibam Jha

She had wings but did not fly; for she was too scared where she might land. Little did she know that her flight would change her […]
November 12, 2018

Laxmi Mahila Samiti: Leveraging Linkages for Livelihoods

The journey of the last decade had brought a sea change in the lives of women of the Laxmi SHG. Strong association with their group and […]