Impact Stories

May 6, 2019

Every Day Is ‘Children’s Day’ For Him
by Shailendra Singh, Surjodoy Nandy, & Dhiraj Kumar Mahato

The year 2010 marked the first panchayat elections for Jharkhand. Though villages now had Panchayats, but the pace at which they worked was very slow. Lack of institutional capacity, coupled with insufficient devolution of funds, restricted the effective functioning of the panchayats.
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.
May 6, 2019

She Dares to Dream. Big!
Story : Dolagobinda Panda

Three months of back-breaking work under the scorching sun and lashing rains, on a piece of four acres of upland to grow paddy. With that effort, at the end of each monsoon, Basanti’s reward would be roughly 35 quintals of paddy. Her 0.4 acre homestead would help her grow maize, worth Rs. 6,000.
May 4, 2019

The Magic of the Iron Wok
Story & Photographs: Ajay Gupta

According to National Family Health Survey more than 68% of the women in Bastar are anaemic. Most women belong to the Gond tribes, followed closely by the Halba and Dhurua tribes.
May 4, 2019

Stepping Out Of The ‘Lakshman Rekha’
by Hemant Dewangan

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.