Micro Credit - Starting a Business+
OLD AGED EARTHQUAKE VICTIM+
Memabhai Menadbhai Ahir is a 70 years old watchman who lived in the remote village Rampar of Anjar Taluka. He has lived alone half of his life. He has lost his eye vision and is suffering from ammonia after the 2001 earthquake, so he cannot perform his watchman duty any more. When the PRAYAS team met him in the village he told them about his daily struggle to survive and about his needs for medical as well as livelihood supports. The Prayas team decided to try and help Memabhai and provided him with Rs.100/- per month from their own pockets. We are doing whatever we can, even though we know the support is very small and cannot meet his burning needs of aid.
STRUGGLE OF A WIDOW+
Ratan Ben Gopal Bhai Suther is a widow. She has three young children and lives in Rapar Khokra Village. In the 2001’s earthquake she lost her house and her hard earned sewing machine. With no bread earner or any other means of income, the future did not look bright. PRAYAS meet her and invited her to work in her village as a volunteer under the Human Rights Project. The work in the project rebuilt her self-confidence and gave her will to try and create a new life for her family. She joined a SHG and restarted her tailoring work with the help of a micro credit loan provided by the group. Within very short time she was able to repaid the loan.
LIVELIHOOD SUPPORT FOR A MULTI-DISABLED+
Jethalal Ramji Jogi is multi-disabled. He studied until 4th standard but unable to get a job he is fully dependent upon his old parents. His 60 years old father is a broom maker and his mother works as a daily wager. Both the family and the local community felt that a small shop would be useful to reduce the responsibilities of his parents and make Jethalal more self depend. After an analysis of the matter, it was concluded by the PRAYAS staff that livelihood support could make a difference for the family. A cabin with goods worth in total Rs. 6904 was hence provided. Daily income from the cabin is now around Rs. 150. His old mother is happy that she needs no longer work outside the home, and they are both grateful that their son is now independent and able to take care of himself.
STORY OF A SELF-DEPENDENT OLD AGED+
Khatijabai Idalbhai Nore is 60 years old and lives with her family in Khirirsra Mowar Vand of Anjar. She often borrowed money from villagers for her day-to-day needs because she was only able to earn around Rs.30-40 from her small jobs. Through a door-to-door survey by Old Age Care Support Team Prayas became aware of her situation and provided her a camel cart. To the great, but happily surprise of the Prayas team Khatijabai paid the 3000/- back only a month after the support. Her daily income increased till Rs. 150/- as she now cuts woods, which she sells in the market.