In the field of learned Beekeeping activity.
Kamala Devi young women of 34 years, educated only 8th Class, is a resident of village Sari (Gwad) in Ukhimath block of Rudrapayag, Uttarakhand, She has a family comprises of two daughters, son and in laws. Her husband works for local areas, however his salary is not sufficient to fulfill needs of family. She is having a old model house. Thus what little the family earns is utilized for survival and there is no money left for savings. The grown up children’s requirement was something that start bothering spouse day and night and she started looking for but she couldn’t find any jobs.
In mountain beekeeping is one of the traditional activities practiced at subsistence level. Many households are acquainted with bee rearing traditionally. Kamala is also familiar with bee keeping but she never thought that beekeeping could be one of possible source of income to be started with little investment and efforts. Incidentally she came across to AT India bee keeping program being implemented in Rudraprayag presently. She was wondering as to how beekeeping can fetch income as it was never taken up for business. She was taken for exposure to see commercial level beekeeping, afterwards she expressed the desire to take up honey production however her poor financial condition continue to bother her.
AT India field extension team met her at her home and explained process of beekeeping. Having understood technicalities in beekeeping she wasn’t seemingly enthusiastic. After several consultative meetings she hesitantly expressed her inability to do anything because her poor financial condition. She said that she hasn’t money to purchase extra bee colonies and will not be able to earn sufficient income even if project provides her a single colony. The team arranged a meeting with her SHG and informed them about UshamathMahilaMahasangh Ltd (UMM)-a micro-finance institute providing micro-credit at an affordable rate to women entrepreneurs. The discussion in the meeting proved a motivating factor and she received a loan of Rs. 25000. With technical assistance from AT India she created an different type of 18 bee colonies. Ms.Devisays that she produces yearly 90 Kg honey. Total income of est. Rs. 27000.
With the proper trainings and guidance Kamala has been able to become self-reliant. The relentless efforts on her part to learn the weaving skills has made her a role model for many other vulnerable women in this region.
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Mr.Dashrath Singh 38 years old men he is resident of Kinjani villageAugustmuni blockRudraprayag district.who is a handicraft man . He earning income unable to secure a permanent of work. The family growing month by month however the income is declining correspondingly for a family of 4 members who were fully dependent on her income. Mr.Singh the active member of a Producer group (PG) formed by AT India in supported by A T India funded project in Kinjani village Rudraprayag district. Mr Singh attend PG meetings regularly and keen to start income generation oak rearing activity.
Mr. Singh is involved in oak cocoon production since April2017 .First crop oak rearing of cocoon production is 19000 ps.Her income of Rs. 17,100 by sale of Cocoon.And second crop (July –August) production est. 25000 Cocoon.He is quite happy with the income he got and motivated to increase oak cocoon production in near terms.
According to Mr. Singh, Todaysatisfy cocoon production job and over life. “My wife and children also support me in my rearing (Cocoonproduction) business and we have planned to upscale our business as we are on the journey of success together”.