Featured Stories of Change

From Farmer to Facilitator


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


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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Flowering a Ray of Hope

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Forest land that was lying idle in the past is being put to good use by tribals of ‘Boricha Mal’ village. Today they supplement the growth of paddy with vegetables under the horticulture project implemented by Sakav in partnership with Aid for change, for a region that is home for marginalized adivasis from the Thakar tribe.

In the midst of the legal battles to claim rightful ownership of land under the Forest Rights Act these green patches growing near river banks and foothills are contributing towards food security and income for the adivasis. One such initiative … Continued

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No more debt trap for Bailmare Family: Thanks to Ecological Farming Technique


Bailmare family hails from Vidarbha, notorious for cases of farmer suicide. This family due to their strong family ties, commitment to ecological agriculture, have not only come out of the indebtedness but made agriculture a profitable venture and the family has progressed in all aspects. They have set an example for all the farmers in the region.

Bailmare family live in a village “Bailmarkheda” in Amravati district of Maharashtra where average rainfall is just 800-900 mm per year that too just for 40-45 days (average). A family of 5 members i.e. Sudhakar and Usha Bailmare along with … Continued

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Father beats mother so I have to stay here


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


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


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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