Becoming the Bread Earner

A death in the family is never easy to cope with and can have long lasting effects on those who are left behind. This impact is amplified when the one who passes away is the sole bread winner of the family. Nevertheless, for Mahadevamma of the Obanahatti village in Karnataka, life had to move ahead quick with two sons and a daughter’s mouth to feed. She came to Chaitanya soon after the sad demise of her husband, with a plan in her head. She has been one of the earliest members, having been associated with Chaitanya for nine years now. With the first loan amount of INR 10000 rupees that she received, she invested in a bore well for her small agricultural land of two acres, having moved into a shack on the same field to save on rent costs. Income for the repayment of her EMIs came from the small amounts of vegetables and other short term crops she grew partially on her field while the rest of the field was used for a long-term crop. “At the end of the first cycle of my loan I earned 2 Lakh rupees from onions and had repaid my loan also” she says proudly thinking back to eight years ago.

Mahadevamma never lost her hope and drive to give a better life to her children. Though she still lives in the house on her field, she has systematically worked hard to achieve her goals. In the past eight years, she has set up two more bore wells for her fields and continues to harvest both long- and short-term crops. She has recently started her own brick forming business and employees anywhere between 3 to 9 people, depending on the demand for her bricks. Her eldest son is married and lives with her while working as a construction contractor in the local area, her younger son works in the industrial town of Hosapete and her daughter is happily married in a nearby village.