Appeal Manjhi family goes from being debt-ridden to making Rs.76,000/- in a year!
Appeal Manjhi is 52 years old. He belongs to the Manjhi tribe and lives with his family in a little village called Puri.
Puri is a small village in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh. The Manjhi tribe depends on the forest for their livelihood. The area is rich in non timber forest produce. Appeal family used to work in the forest. But most of their produce went to a few businessmen at a nearby town called Kudumkela.
This was the reality for most of the Manjhi tribals in Puri. The businessmen in Kudumkela provided cash, clothes, and other requirements on loans. The loans were repaid with forest produce.
This led to the family living hand to mouth. They longed to live without having to worry about their next meal. Their problems became worse when Appeal son, Rajnikant got addicted to alcohol.
It was during this time that Janmitram started the agriculture development program in their village. They worked to make better use of the degraded and waste land by developing horticulture and vegetable promotion.
Appeal wanted to take their help and develop his land. However, the program failed as villagers were unwilling to cooperate with Janmitram.
But Appeal vowed to change this with help from Janmitram. He planted fruits and vegetables on whichever parts of the land he could. In the first year, the produce was not good. Puri was a place where open grazing was common which affected his crops.
His son Rajinikanth also squandered the minimal earnings they received on alcohol.
In spite of all this, nothing could derail Appeal from the path he chose.
With the support of Janmitram, he brought up the issues he faced with open grazing in the panchayat. He erected a fence around his land. *Janmitram helped Appeal choose crops that improved soil such as sunflower, pea and cauliflower. He erected a hut in the field and kept around the clock vigil. He then helped his son stop his alcohol habit with constant motivation and got him to work on the farm with him. *
All the hard work paid off and that season he sold a whopping Rs. 76,000 worth of vegetables.
His farm inspired those around him. In the next season, many other residents of Puri replicated Appeal farm. Most of them enrolled in the Janmitram program and succeeded in earning well.
Over time, more and more villagers began to shift to agriculture until the old system was completely done away. In 2016, the whole village produced 26 tons of onion alone!
f you do good, things will turn good for you,says Appeal, with a toothy grin.
Appeal Manjhi appeal in Puri is now unanimous. He is however, most proud of his son Rajinikanth who left alcohol and turned into a passionate farmer.
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About The Program
What the beneficiary gets
Janmitram runs the wadi program with the objective to optimize use of the degraded/waste land by integrated horticulture development and vegetable promotion in tribal areas.
A survey is conducted in the villages and farmers are selected based on prevalent tribes.
The list of beneficiaries is then drawn up. Janmitram works with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for funding and support for the wadi programme.
The resource material and capacity building is done by Janmitram with the support of NABARD. The tending of farms is done by the farmers. They sell the fruits and vegetables produced through the federation and benefit from selling their produce at good prices
Janmitram also provides support in marketing and linkage of their crops.
Donations to this program support the cost of vegetable seeds, cow-dung fertilizer, and pesticide applications for the farms.
When you donate to this program, you help a farmer become self reliant.