Brief Background
Ramnath Devsharan, 56 years of age, of Lilasikala village, Myurpur Block, belongs to the tribe of Gaur. He lives with his wife, 2 sons and 2 daughters. Ramnath owns an acre of land which could not fetch enough for the sustenance of his family. Stuck in the vicious cycle of poverty, he struggled to meet his family's needs and to provide education to his children. Thus he was forced to go out to work as a daily wage labourer to earn and support his family.

Journey of Success

Like other farmers in the village, Ramnath was unaware of the successful combination of modern techniques and indigenous practices of agriculture. As Ramnath came to know of the Wadi Programme, he expressed his interest in the project. After attending an exposure trip to an existing wadi farm, and various farmers meeting and interactions with the programme officials, he finally participated in the Wadi Project in July, 2015. He and his family started working on their one acre land and planted saplings of 50 mangoes, 10 lemons and 10 guavas. But just like any other typical wasteland, there was no water. Thus in order to maintain and provide sufficient water for his farm, the Project dug a well which not only gave sufficient and easy accessibility of water, but also made it possible for Ramnath to implement intercropping. He cultivates a variety of crops such as pumpkin, lady's finger, onion, chili, etc. He has also developed two vermin units which he sells among the wadi farmers. Thus from the overall activity he now earns a steady income of about Rupees 3000 to 5000 monthly.
As a result of the Wadi programme, Ramnath not only has a steady income, but is also empowered to raise his voice to seek his Rights to the benefits available under various government schemes. And thus came the convergence of the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) Scheme with the Project. By implementing the Project, Yusuf Meherally Centre (YMC), became instrumental in bringing the IAY scheme and the tribal community together. Under IAY,

Ramnath and his family were provided with a two room cemented house facility, instead of their previous kuccha house, thereby an improvement in the quality of their life as a whole. Through the Project's water conservation campaign, he learned to realise the importance of saving every drop of water and ultimately use his new house for roof water harvesting. Ramnath understood that without the help of this Programme, he would not have had the knowledge of intercropping, modern techniques, and farming methods that helped increase his income. He has also proved that adoption of the wadi programme is definitely a successful model in generating income and thereby enhancing the livelihood of the tribal community.

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Brief Background

Ramrup, belongs to the tribe of Gaur from Lilasikala village, Myurpur Block. He lives with his wife, 3 sons and 2 daughters, and has his parents to look after too. He owns one acre of wasteland and before he came in contact with the Wadi programme officials, he had never tried cultivating vegetables and other cash crop in his land. He is also a part time carpenter but because of lack of resources he could not continue working as one. Being the sole earning member in the large family and unable to meet the family's needs, provide for his children's education and care for his aged parents, he was forced to migrate to the city in search of work as a daily wage labourer leaving his family behind in the village. His city earnings were a meager 1000 - 1500 rupees monthly. Besides his struggle for existence, he fell ill and was unable to work in the city. He, therefore, returned to his village with little hope of earning enough to support his family.

Journey of Success

Ramrup had a desire to live with his family in his own village and cultivate in his own land. But since he neither had the resource nor his land was productive, his dream of meeting his family's needs remained unfulfilled. He came to know of the Wadi programme, and became interested. He went for an exposure trip and underwent several training sessions and orientation programmes for cultivation of horticulture along with vegetable farming and became a beneficiary of the Project in 2015. And, thus, established his own wadi. He was provided saplings of 50 mangoes, 10 lemons and 10 guavas for his wadi. Because of his hard work, he maintained an excellent survival ratio in his wadi. He also adopted intercropping in his farm where he cultivates vegetables like chilli, lady's finger, brinjal etc. With hardwork, he now generates a steady income of about Rupees 3000 - 4000 monthly from his one-acre farm.
Also with the help of the Project, he was provided tools and resources to take up carpentry again, thereby generating additional income apart from his wadi. Presently, he is able to support his family and meet the education expenses of his children through the earnings from his own land. This move has helped secure their livelihood.

A happier Ramrup: