Babita Devi, Nawa Toli,Block Kamdara, in Gumla district, Jharkhand
Babita Devi, a VLSC entrepreneur residing in the village of Nawa Toli,Block Kamdara, in Gumla district, Jharkhand is an energetic woman with the zeal and a hope to address the needs of the community. Babita has three adolescents in the house, two of them studying in the government school, while the eldest daughter is pursuing her Nursing Degree from Hyderabad. She introduced VLSC in her village in June 2013 and it’s been two years since her VLSC is serving the community.
She aggregates Rice, Pulses, other grains from the community members and sells it in the block market. She has built her place in the community because they recognize her valuable contribution. She has reduced their drudgery by buying their produce at doorstep which has helped them save money that was earlier spent in transportation and the amount that the poor producer had to give to the middleman for selling the product is also saved with the introduction of her VLSC. With the huge amount of aggregation, she earns up to Rs. 1 lakh per year which suffices the family food requirements as well as for the education of the children.
Speaking about the change that she sees in her life,she says earlier she was not confident and people called her uneducated but now slowly over time, people treat her as one of knowledgeable person of the village.