Building Sustainable Livelihoods
Sharmila Kakode resides in an interior village ‘Varakhadi’ of Madhya Pradesh. People from this village earn their livelihood from agriculture and allied activities. Like other people in the village, her family of eight was also dependent on agriculture and was deeply in debt due to the agrarian crisis. Sharmila was always looking for options to become an earning member in the family and this is when she decided to bring a change in their life by starting animal farming. She came to know about ESAF Small Finance Bank and took an Income Generation Loan (IGL) of Rs. 20,000 to buy five goats. By adopting agriculture and complementary goat rearing, Sharmila has become an example of mixed farming. This has proven to be an important source of livelihood for her family and presently she has 10 goats and earns around Rs. 5,000 per month.
As a farmer/animal rearer, agriculture produce with livestock manure, this is a peerless example of organic farming and continuous effort is underway to add more livestock. “We got the support at a time when we were finding it difficult to make ends meet through farming. Now with additional income sources, our regular and essential requirements are sufficiently met. Today I am a proud owner of 10 goats,” she said thankfully.