“Now we have the savings to live. We are free from the four walls of the house.”
On palm-covered Mahinsa island lives Basanti. She was married at 14 before giving birth to her son & two daughters. She says “Earlier we were dependent on our husbands. When the NGO came we got financial support & now we are self-dependent because we are earning. Earlier we were very idle, now we are active.”
Project Eco, the project Basanti took part in, offered start up training & materials for cultivating crabs & ground nuts, toilet as well as hand pump installation & encouraged mentoring of school children through eco-clubs. Basanti uses the extra income to fund her childrens education, & towards healthcare costs.