Rayagada is a tribal populated district in the southern part of Odisha. Each year it gets around 1200 mm rainfall. The primary occupation of the people of Rayagada is agriculture followed by wage labor. Paddy is the dominant crop, primarily grown for consumption though cotton is also cultivated in large patches, for commercial purposes.
How it started Lakhimani Murmu, is an active member of Maniyardi Kadamjharna SHG in Maniyardi Village of Binpur II block of West Bengal. An ever-smiling Lakhimani, lives in a mud-house surrounded by forest, with her husband and two sons.
Sumitra Devi is a farmer belonging to the Rakhiniketan self-help group of village Betulkhurd, Gola, in Jharkhand. Her family owns 3 acres of cultivable land but due to lack of irrigation facility and shortage.