Radha Devi is a progressive Goat rearer from the Gulalpur village of Sadar Munger in Bihar. She has been working as a Pashu Sakhi (goat health worker), a concept implemented by SEWA Munger with primary support of ITC Sunehrakal Mission since 2019.
Improper drainage systems and damaged roads in Mubarakpur lead to perpetual waterlogging, creating adverse conditions for working women. “What will change this time?” was a question, field mobiliser Pushpa was confronted with upon her arrival in Mubarakpur a few years ago.
In November 2020, as the nation suffered from the pandemic and the economic shock, two blocks of Nehru Nagar, Patna received warnings of impending penalties if they continued to access electricity illegally.
“I don’t share personal details with just anybody,” said Gunja Kumari Ben, a resident of Bhagalpur, Bihar, as she was approached for a conversation. But when we came to know that she was being approached by SEWA Bharat, Gunja Ben visibly let go of some of her inhibitions.
Kripa ben was married off at an early age in a conservative family. She stays with her in-laws, husband, and a five-year-old daughter in a rented house on the outskirts of Farukh Nagar, Haryana. As the norms didn’t allow Kripa ben to work outside the home, the entire family was financially dependent on her husband’s earnings, who worked as a driver.
Soniya ben stays with her parents and children in Farukh Nagar after leaving her husband’s home because of domestic violence. Since then, she has wanted to be financially independent and build a secure future for her children. But fewer years of education and lack of information made it difficult for her to pave a path towards it.