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Sushilatai, 48, is a resident of Kawalewada village in Tiroda, Maharashtra. Her family owns 3 acres of land and 4 buffaloes. They are primarily into agriculture and dairy farming. As their land is rain dependent, it can only produce one crop a year due to scarcity of rainfall in the region. Although, during the Rabi season they somehow manage to grow some vegetables but, in summer their only means of livelihood has always been through selling off milk.  However, the income generated has been too meager to sustain a family of seven members.

I am elated that today with Adani Foundation’s support and intervention, I am able to start my second vermi-compost unit on my own. This has not only elevated the financial status of my family, but has also increased my self-confidence.
-Sushilatai

As Sushilatai’s situation is common across most of the households in the region, Adani Foundation intervened to develop alternate livelihood avenues. Initially, it  conducted training programmes at Gou Vidyan Kendra, Dewlapar, Nagpur educating the women on integrated cattle and agriculture based livelihood. Even though, it was the first such programme, there were 35 women from the surrounding villages who participated. Sushilatai was one of the most enthusiastic participants who later went on to lead the group. The women were given knowledge and training on various livelihood options such as vermi-composting, making dhup (Incense), collecting and processing gomutra (Cow’s urine), soup preparation, etc. AF also provided inputs and seeds to the women for growing vegetables in their backyard kitchen gardens.

Sushilatai was so enthused by the programme, that inspite of being occupied with daily chores and responsibilities, she started vermi-composting at her home. She also used the compost and seeds provided by AF to grow vegetables in her kitchen garden. Further, she started making Dantmanjan (Tooth paste) with cow dung for her family. When her neighbours got intrigued, she gave some of the toothpaste to them to try and they were really pleased with the results. Her neighbours also tried the vermin-compost  and gave her positive feedback. Now, Sushilatai sells Dantamanjan and Vermin-compost in the village.

“I am elated that today with Adani Foundation’s support and intervention, I am able to start my second vermi-compost unit on my own. This has not only elevated the financial status of my family, but  has also increased my self-confidence.”, Sushilatai says. 

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