A Small Chance is All I Need

Children relaxing on a carpet while they engage in their studies.

“My name is Salmee*, and I am going to tell a story about my family. There are a total of eight members in my family, and I am a member of the Transformational Community Development (TCD) class. I got married when I was 13 years old, and now I am a mother of six children. Since the family was big and the children were small, there was not enough food in our house because only one person was working. Sometimes, he couldn’t get a job, so we lived a miserable life. 

I was given seed money from GHNI, and I bought a goat. This has helped me increase my income, so I can start cultivating a rice paddy with this income. We solved most of our financial problems, and the lessons of TCD have brought about change in my family. Now that daily life has changed, I have learned many great TCD lessons that have helped me a lot. I am very happy.”

During these last three months, we taught about safe drinking water and looked at the needs and circumstances of the community. I taught seven people how to be safe from the cold by drinking hot water and drinking more water as the weather changes. 

This month, I visited parents and children in their homes. There are many challenges in teaching the community, but they are trying to learn, and the results of the three-month assessment were positive. All the children did very well on their exams. 

The community lacks knowledge, so I taught about vitamins and types of healthy food. I taught four people that greens and lentils have more vitamins and are good to eat.

Income Generation group members have raised more income, and they have learned about micro businesses. After TCD started in the community, many people benefited from it.

Transformational Community Development (TCD) Update:


The well was fixed, so there is now safe water for drinking, cooking, and washing.


I conducted awareness classes on a balanced diet and how to produce fresh vegetables for daily use. This will help them to be healthy and strong.


Training classes on community health and personal healthcare have been helpful for the community.


I conducted training with the parents on the importance of education for their children.

Income Generation

Some members of the community have bought cows to generate more income. Goat farmers are also doing well. Small-scale businesses have helped members to be more engaged and increase their family income.

Thank you!

Written by: Mary


*For the purpose of safety and wellbeing, “Salmee” is a pseudonym for the individual being helped by this project

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