30 September, 2020

Singhpur's women take the first steps towards self-sufficiency

Singhpur's women take the first steps towards self-sufficiency
Ishwar chahega toh is baar phasal acchi hogi. Mehnat ka phal hamesha meetha hota hai (God willing, this time we’ll have a good crop. Hard work always yields sweet results)," says Tara Bai, 30, lovingly stroking the tiny adrak (ginger) plants in a one-acre tract of land in village Singhpur of Sagar district, Madhya Pradesh. Four other members—all tribals and all women—of her Bhola Bhandari Sabji Utpadan Samhit Samooh nod their heads in agreement. For Tara Bai and her colleagues, this represents their only hope of freedom from what had become a vicious circle—their labouring in the fields only to find others enjoying the fruits.

Located almost a kilometre off the highway connecting Bhopal with Sagar, Singhpur is a small village of about forty houses. Barring three families, the village consists entirely of Gond tribals. Most of the families do own land but still end up working as labourers. Reason: lack of money to buy the "inputs" for their farms and also sustain themselves from the sowing to the harvesting season. Every year, rich landowners from the nearby...



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