Ghasni Devi, Paramtoli Hamlet, Tati Village, Angara block, Ranchi District
Ghasni’s family was engaged in cutting-selling of wood, cattle rearing and marginal agricultural activities for livelihood. When her family separated, the cattle were sold and a little piece of land where they did vegetable cultivation seemed to be slipping from their hand. Their average monthly income would range to about Rs.1000-1200.
Ms. Ghasni had a will to study and her husband supported her. They took a loan of Rs.25,000/- so that she could complete her education and her husband provided tuition classes for two years to increase their income. Later, they also opened a shop in the village. However, with two children, an education loan, and failing shop, things were not getting any better till 2010, even after four years of struggle. In 2010, Udyogini started building capacity of the community on scientific method of lac cultivation.
On the lookout to find a suitable opportunity Ms. Ghasni heard about the opportunity through her SHG. Both wife and husband attended the meeting. Following six months constant intervention through trainings-campaigns resulting in Ms. Ghasni and other women like her to engage in lac farming in 2011. They started with investment of Rs.4,500/- to inoculate 15 kg of lac. By the start of 2013 they had 2 quintals lac worth Rs.90,000/. They sold 80 kg of broodlac @ Rs. 450 per kg, 6 Kg scrap @ Rs. 350 per kg and 7 kg phoonki @ Rs. 700 per kg amounting to an income of Rs. 43,000 in one cycle alone in 2013.
As a tactical motivated Brood Entrepreneur and with an approximate 6 times multiplication rate (inoculated lac to produced lac), they have inoculated the rest of 120 kg for a large scale production and progress further in this self sustainable occupation. 100% scientific cultivation of lac with the support of Udyogini has resulted in financial prosperity, increasing their income remarkably, bringing together their separated family, returning of the education loan (Rs. 25000 for Ms. Ghasni’s studies) and helped them avail proper healthcare and enabled them to educate their children in a desired school.
Today she is a role model in her SHG and village exhibiting how a scientific meticulous approach with proper use of pesticides, host trees and brood for only six months in a year can turn out to be a doorstep solution to the day-day to livelihood problems faced by them.
“Pehle toh lakdi bhechnei aur sabji bechenei bhi jana padta tha, joh kaam kabhi sochei nahi thei ki karenge woh karkei bhi khaanei ke liye kuch bachta nahi tha…Dono bachhi aaj school mei hai, yeh television set aur mera aaj ka zindagi…peeche dekhne ka jarurat nai pada jab se lac ka kaam shuru kiya hai.”
Earlier we would go for selling wood, vegetables and all odd jobs but still could not save anything. Since we began with the lac work we have not turned back, now my children go to school and we bought a TV set recently.