Women are writing stories of change with the pen of Sakhi Mandal.


Women are writing stories of change with the pen of Sakhi Mandal.

Sometimes change happens because of the situation, and sometimes people with ‘Great will-power’ makes it happen. And the story of Beronica will definitely inspire you and force you to think in a broader aspect. 
Beronica belongs to village- Reshia (Kolebira) of District Simdega born in a very poor family. Poverty and helplessness forced her to indulge in selling local liquor to earn some money. She was engaged in this work from last 10-12 years. All was going well until she faced some health issues and admitted to hospital. Doctor said that her continuous contact with local liquor made her ill and suggested to keep her away from such things.  As it was her only source of income she was in a dilemma whether to give priority to her health or to earn money for her family. As she is uneducated and not comfortable in doing other work she was left with no option.
Then she got to know about Sakhi Mandal, she came in contact with CRP Didi and Didi motivated and guided her how to earn her livelihood. After joining ‘Jyoti sakhi mandal’ she learnt 2 most important thing of life, she says- saving is the only help of future, and education is the most important assets of life”.
After joining Sakhi Mandal formed by JSLPS, she took small loans and streamlined her farming by purchasing good quality seeds and some equipment for farming. It helped a little to increase her income and also gave her strength to fight against poverty. But the biggest change that took place in her life is overcoming her health issue.
Now, to change her life she decided to take big loan and invest in some productive business. She asked for a loan of Rs 20,000 in the meeting of Sakhi Mandal. The proposal of piggery was appreciated by women of Sakhi mandal and hence approved the loan. Beronica purchased a total of 10 pigs and she utilized the rest amount to feed them. She recently sold 3 pigs for 16-18 thousand rupee each which helped her to increase her income as well as her lifestyle.
Today Beronica is very bold and determined, she is now able to send her children to English medium school for quality education. Beronica’s future plan is to take more loans for Goatery. She was a victim of Alcohal and she suffered a lot, so she always aware and motivate people around her to stop the consumption of alcohol.
 Beronica says, “As the idea of joining sakhi mandal changed my life, I want to contribute a little in changing others life too”.

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