The Seeds Are Growing!
During the month of October, most of my activities were related to Income Generation. The loan project (seed money) has been very effective and inspiring. Community members are directly or indirectly involved in Transformational Community Development’s (TCD) Income Generation program.
This month, I worked on microbusiness expansion. TCD members who have taken seed money are encouraged to return it to the TCD committee on time in order to be able to reinvest in others’ seed project needs. While working with community members, I taught them about beekeeping, goat keeping, and the micro-shop business. The community’s women are involved in the micro-shop business, are self-sustaining, and are practical and educated. Beekeeping is a little bit hard and risky, but it gives a good income. In off-season time, it is hard to save bees, and they need good care and feeding. I taught beekeeping TCD members about these steps to improve their hives.
I taught the community to be self-sustaining when it comes to food, to eat vitamin- and protein-rich foods, and to feed children a vitamin- and nutrient-balanced diet. I have taught about kitchen gardening, and for the community members’ inspiration, I gave them vegetable seeds. I also encouraged them to buy a variety of vegetable seeds and plant them in the garden. This is a suitable season for mustard, garlic, onions, and carrots. Most of the community families have grown their own food with the seeds.
I continued to meet with committee members, reminded them of their responsibility, and encouraged them to do the TCD work.
Balapuspika* lives in Ramantar Village, and she has a beautiful family of six members. She had no family income source, so it was very difficult to manage family members’ basic needs and expenses. She was very upset because of financial problems, but when she joined the TCD classes and learned the lessons, she wanted to be involved in Income Generation. TCD supported her with seed money, and she started to keep goats. She started with three baby goats, and now she has eight. She is very happy because she raised a family income source. Now she has added poultry too. By keeping goats and poultry, her family has been able to manage family expenses, and she says that it is all because of TCD that she is able to live sustainably. She wants to give thanks to GHNI for the help.
Written by: Sudip
GHNI TCD Worker
*For the purpose of safety and wellbeing, “Balapuspika” is a pseudonym for the individual being helped by this project.
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