Featured Stories of Change

From Farmer to Facilitator

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As a newly-wed it was an uphill task for Reshma Dondu Rao at Village Varap working at the paddy fields all day. During the harvest a hefty share was taken away by the village landlord leaving behind very little for this family to survive on. Like many others in the village this family was caught in the vicious cycle of money lending and a debt trap that kept increasing its tenacious grip at every harvest.

With the intervention of Aid for change’s partner organization Sakav the village Self Help Group began to take root and soon the middleman was done away with. Villagers could now access easy loans on a minimum interest and a new … Continued

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Courage of her Convictions

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Hausabai is in her early forties and lives in Vasanwadi village in Beed district. Lean and energetic, she works as a cleaning maid in a hospital and as a house maid in two homes nearby. Hers is a story of grit and determination.

Married to Milind Vir at the age of 15 years Hausabai put up with verbal and physical abuse for more than twenty years in her marriage. Her children were also targets of physical beatings by her husband. But a year … Continued

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Father beats mother so I have to stay here

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A weather beaten road leads to Ghutsavli village in Beed District (Maharashtra) where 7th grader Rohini Machindra Borwade tries to adjust living with her maternal uncle while her mother Shakuntala is away all day working as a day labourer in sugarcane fields.

As a child Rohini and her brother have witnessed their mother being beaten by her father who she feels is mentally unstable. She hastens to add that her father has never beaten her or her brother, he just beats up … Continued

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A Witness of Change

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While Tulya Linde Dore is not too sure about his age, he is acknowledged by all at Boricha Mal village as among the elders who have seen a splattering of tribal hamlets transform into a village.

He reveals that a decade ago this village had no road and every monsoon when the river would flood its banks he had to wade his way to a shanty that had turned into a puddle. “It was risky crossing … Continued

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Agents of Change

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In another incident, a widow found friendship but instead of rebuilding a future together, the man was more interested in her property. During a Diwali festive night his assault left her in a critical condition at hospital. She was given medical assistance, a police case was filed and a new job was provided. Today she is rethinking of a settling down.

Being the agents of change, such stories of hope for women victimized by domestic violence is fuel which drives the counselors of ‘Samvad’ – an advice and counseling center for women, established by NGO Masum and supported by Swiss Aid. … Continued

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