Impact Stories

June 22, 2020

The Wheels Are Turning
by Prabhat Priyanshu & Ashisa Ratha, Mahagama

These were some of the most common answers we got while analyzing how the COVID-19 lockdown has impacted people in some of the far flung villages of north-eastern Jharkhand, also referred as Santhal Pargana. And even without conducting a survey one could tell that more than 70% of the rural poor depend on remittances to run their household expenses or to fulfill their aspiration of leading a ‘better life’!
June 21, 2020

Single, But Not Alone
by Vijay Kumar

“Khana kahan se ayega Maa? Kya raat ka khana chhod de? Paisa bachega” (How are we going to get our food now? Should we skip dinners […]
June 20, 2020

Liberty
by Mohini Saha

“Baanj, Baanj” (Barren, Barren) was the torrent of abuse every day. It had been 8 years of her marriage. A married woman with no child is […]
June 19, 2020

Anima, Archana and Asima: Aspirations of loose characters

For the women of Brahmondiha village, Self Help Groups (SHGs) are much more than a mere instrument of saving and credit. They are a vehicle to […]
June 18, 2020

The Sweet Taste of Bitter Gourd

Madarkonta village of Bastar is at the heart of the “Red Corridor” in India. This is the village of the culturally rich and colorful Bison Horn […]
June 16, 2020

Cocooning A Dream; Can She Unleash It?

As Shivkali washed the dishes and did the laundry in the house of the Bada Sahib of the village, this Gond tribal woman secretly cocooned a […]
June 16, 2020

We are there: 24×7
by Anup Das, Deosar

It was an early morning call from Nazma Khatun. Her voice was trembling on the other side of the call. She is an SHG member from a small village called Deogawan in Deosar block of Madhya Pradesh. When the nationwide lockdown was first announced in March, our phones got flooded with similar calls from the hamlets.
May 8, 2019

‘One Home – Hundred Women’
by Ajay Gupta

About 500 people, mostly belonging to the Madiya Gond tribe, inhabit the Katakanda village in Darbha block of Bastar district in Chhattisgarh. Being marginal farmers with an average annual income of Rs. 30,000 and literacy level as poor as 26 per cent, the Katakanda villagers lacked the confidence to address issues that had kept bothering them since ages. Even, raising their voices for the malpractices in the local Ration shop was something they avoided.
May 8, 2019

Co-travelers of Infinite Uncertain Nights
by Smruthy V Sasidharan, Sarai

March, April, May are months with special relevance for families in Nayatola, Bikhjhariya, and several other villages of Sarai tehsil in Madhya Pradesh. Most of them, being marginal or small-holder farmers, depend on their neighboring forests to collect Mahua and Tendu leaves, along with a variety of other non-timber forest products.
May 8, 2019

Sanitizing PDS shop: Shakti women lead the Way!
by Anif Khan, Swaroopganj

The Government of India introduced the Public Distribution System for the distribution of food grains at affordable prices and management of food-scarce situations. Over the past few years, the term PDS has become interchangeable with the term “food security” and also an integral part of the government’s policy for the management of the food economy in the country.