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A Case Study of THE ANDHRA PRADESH RURAL LIVELIHOODS PROJECT
Ch. Yadagiri, a resident of Bujulapuram village in Mothkur mandal of Nalgonda district is a 32 year old Dalit. He worked as a teacher in a school and earned Rs.1, 000 per month. In 1996 when Yadagiri married Padma he was in dire straits. His income was just not sufficient to run his household smoothly.
During that period, SEERD an NGO, which is implementing watershed activities in the village, organised a Kalajatha programme to motivate the community by making them aware of the many development issues. After seeing this programme, Yadagiri met the off cials of the organisation to get some advice on how to improve his livelihood. In November 2003 they sent him for an initial training programme for
45 days to become an agricultural paraworker.
Thereafter he attended many training programmes:
• Training on bio diesel plantations as a resource person.
• Training on NPM practices at Bhongir.
• Training on book-keeping at CLRC.
• Training on agriculture at Chowdarapally for 45 days.
• Training on SRI paddy cultivation at KVK for 5 days.
• Training in Nalgonda on micro-irrigation and sustainable agriculture for 10 days.
• Training on NRM at Myrada, Ananthapuram for 2 days.
• Training on medicinal plants at Zaheerabad for 2 days.
• Training on CLDP and sustainable agriculture.
Thus Yadagiri learnt a lot. He now charges farmers a fee for his services, such as Rs.25 for collecting samples for soil testing. He works as the village book-keeper and gets Rs.750 per month. His wife is a member of a self-help group. She borrowed Rs.5, 000 from the village organisation supported by APRLP to start vermicompost production. As he is experienced in this activity, they laid vermicompost beds
in their backyard. They sell two quintals of vermicompost per month at Rs.350 per quintal. Now because of his experience in agriculture, he is Agriculture member of the watershed development team (WDT) and is paid a salary of Rs.2, 000.
In the village houses are being constructed under the Indiramma Housing Scheme. Since bricks are necessary for this he motivated his wife to take up brick making. She borrowed Rs.15, 000 from her group, employed ten workers and started brick making. She pays Rs.100 to each labourer to make the bricks. They earn Rs.5000 in 20 days by making and selling these bricks. His wife looks after this activity when he is away. Thus the couple has a stable livelihood and so leads a comfortable life.
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