Success Stories

 

Hunting to cultivation

Hunting to cultivation

Sivapuram Chenchu Gudem is a tribal village, in Kothapalli mandal of Kurnool district. The source of household income for most of the families was hunting. Though having one acre of land for each household that is allocated by the government, they were totally dependent on the low income getting from hunting.

 
 

Eradication of Migration through Collective work

Eradication of Migration through Collective work

Shankar Nayek, one among the 528 farmers of Integrated Tribal Development Project in West Bengal belongs to Gobindapur village of Paschim Medinipur district. He was a pump mechanic who used to travel from one village to another in search of work and his income was hardly 2000 to 3000 per month.

 
 

Toll Gate to College Gate

Toll Gate to College Gate

Sushanth Reddy, a government school student of Kurnool district is very talented and meritorious who got good marks in his SSC exams and later admitted into government junior college for accessing intermediate education

 
 

INCREASE IN FISH PRODUCTION: A case study of Chandra Gudem village

INCREASE IN FISH PRODUCTION: A case study of Chandra Gudem village

Chandra Gudem Reservoir is a major Tank of Mylavaram Mandal, Krishna district under Andhra Pradesh Community Based Tank Management Project (APCBTMP) implementing by Ramky Foundation. The Morusumally Fisheries Cooperative Society covers three villages under the project

 
 

New Hope, New Beginnings, New Life!!!

New Hope, New Beginnings, New
Life!!!

This is the story of Mrs.Nisha Rajak, 27 years, who lives in Parasoria village. Nisha comes from a very poor economic background, and has seen a lot of struggle through her growing years.

 
 

RF Helped me realize my Green dream

RF Helped me realize my Green dream

Mrs. Sanjali Bahu is a small farmer from Amoda village. She became a member of Sri Ganesh SHG in the year 2012. During the SHG group in 1st of week of June,...

 
 

Residents Solve Water Logging - With a little help from Ramky

Residents Solve Water Logging

The residents of Purvi Ramsagar, Ward No: 38 in Gaya were facing water logging and its associated problems for more than a month. Since mid January 2011, continuous flow of water from the Gaya Municipal Corporation's...

 
 

An act of catalyst - A women enterprise launches itself

An act of catalyst

Providing right direction at the right time holds the key to success in the promotion of social enterprises.
Ms. Mariyamma, Secretary, Venella Mahila Swayam Sahayak Sangh acknowledges this with gratitude...

 
 

Success Story of Saraswati

Success Story of Saraswati

Saraswati is educated till the 7th standard. At the age of 14 she is married off and was living a happy life with her husband. A year after her marriage she is blessed with a baby boy. ...

 
 

Empowering a Village - The Ramky Foundation Way

Empowering a
Village

Lingamguntla village, Narsaraopet Mandal, Guntur district is characterized by all the tyrannical infrastructure bottlenecks one can imagine in an Indian village. People, most of them Dalits, have meager means of...

 
 

Women Power at Jawaharlal Nehru Pharmacity

Women Power at Jawaharlal Nehru Pharmacity

Jawaharlal Nehru Pharmacity (JNPC), located in Vizag, A.P is a dedicated Special Economic Zone for Pharmaceutical companies. The sprawling 2,400 acre facility is equipped with state of the art...

 

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Residents Solve Water Logging - With a little help from Ramky

Residents Solve Water Logging

The residents of Purvi Ramsagar, Ward No: 38 in Gaya were facing water logging and its associated problems for more than a month. Since mid January 2011, continuous flow of water from the Gaya Municipal Corporation's water supply was creating an overflow of drains resulting in water logging and foul smell.

The residents had complained to the respective authorities, but to no avail. Later, they lodged a complaint with Ramky Enviro Engineer's Limited, Gaya. REEL's laborers found that without repairing the drain and installing a channel pipe from the water source to the drain, the problem could not be solved. When REEL communicated the same to the local people, the response from them was unreceptive and hostile. The crowd was led by the local Police Officer Mr. Arun Kumar who prevented REEL's laborers from taking any action and asked them to leave.

On 7th February, 2011, the Project Associate and Ward in-charge of Ramky Foundation visited the area during a door-to-door awareness on waste management and explored the situation. He found that skepticism and mistrust were the main causes of the problem which could be tackled. He personally met Mr. Arun Kumar and explained to him the actual reason behind the water logging. After the discussion, Mr. Arun was convinced about the goodwill of Ramky Foundation and REEL and promised to help. He spoke to his neighbors and explained the situation. Local residents Mr. Vijay Singh and Mahadev Prasad came forward and asked for financial support from residents. A total of Rs.1100 was collected and a plastic pipe was bought with the amount. The manpower from REEL helped solve the problem successfully.

Ramky Foundation's small effort not only helped REEL to keep the place clean, but also facilitated service users to take the lead in solving their problems.

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An act of catalyst - A women enterprise launches itself

An act of catalyst

Providing right direction at the right time holds the key to success in the promotion of social enterprises. Ms. Mariyamma, Secretary, Venella Mahila Swayam Sahayak Sangh acknowledges this with gratitude. ‘Thanks to Ramky Foundation, we are masters of our destiny now’ she iterates.

The Venella Mahila Sangh was formed with ten ladies belonging to the SC community in Keshanpally Village, Dachepally Mandal, Guntur District on 7th January, 2010. They created a revolving fund in 10 months with a weekly savings of Rs.100 each and started lending internally among the members.

The field team of Ramky Foundation identified this Sangh as a potentially enterprising group and enrolled them for a free training programme in tailoring, embroidery, maggam work and paintings. The training helped the members get the first spark of entrepreneurship in them and they started production of multiple products individually. They could also find some buyers in the local market.

After the initial experiences of these individual exercises, the group approached Ramky Foundation for further assistance in finding markets for their products. The Foundation team applied for the Rural Mart Scheme under NABARD on their behalf and got the project sanctioned. The Sangh members got infrastructure assistance to open their own store. The Foundation further provided them assistance in garnering orders for school uniforms from different organizations and agencies supporting education.

In June-July 2010, Ramky Foundation got 7.5 Lakh rupee worth orders for them from agencies like Rajiv Vidya Mission, Social Welfare Department and the Department of BC Welfare.

Now the Venella Mahila Swayam Sahayak Sangh functions as a cohesive group of like-minded women determined to rewrite their own destiny by their own efforts. They share their earnings equally as they share their hopes, dreams and concerns in the work space. ‘You people showed us a way to come out of the miseries we were in. Now I can provide education for my daughter, she no longer has to go for daily wage labourer' says Padma, a proud mother in Vennela Mahila Sangh.

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Women Power at Jawaharlal Nehru Pharmacity

Women Power at Jawaharlal Nehru
Pharmacity

Jawaharlal Nehru Pharmacity (JNPC), located in Vizag, A.P is a dedicated Special Economic Zone for Pharmaceutical companies. The sprawling 2400 acre facility is equipped with state of the art facilities making it an ideal location for companies to operate with global standards. The facility hosts 58 companies, most of them international heavy weights.

While allotting this land for the SEZ, the local residents were relocated to a nearby area, which is now known by the name of Pharma city colony. Basic infrastructure including residences was provided to all who were relocated. The SEZ also had two neighboring villages - Thadi and Thanam, with population of 5000 each.

Once the SEZ became operational, the companies in SEZ found the local residents to be resistant and demanding. They decided to pacify the residents by providing the jobs in their facilities. This strategy turned out to be a failure when it was realized that most of the jobs were bagged by non-residing supporters of local politicians, who used this opportunity to get jobs for their political affiliates. The local residents felt cheated and at times they turned aggressive towards the company officials and employees of the companies.

This was the scene when Ramky Foundation (RF) ventured to find a lasting solution for the problems that arose out of distrust and apprehension from the local residents. RF appointed a Community Development Officer (CDO) to look into the issues in a subjective manner and build mutual trust among the communities and JNPC management.

The CDO took note of the burning needs of the villages and took up a number of welfare initiatives. Meritorious students were offered scholarships and donations were given for the purchase of teaching and study materials. Health awareness and check-up camps were organized at routine intervals for the villagers.

The RF team realized the need to offer sustainable livelihood options for the neediest ones of the village and it was felt that intervention among the women folk in the village was the best way to initiate positive change.

And so, 1200 women from the villages were organized into self-help Groups (SHG) and these groups were affiliated into a Mutually Aided Co-operative Society (MACS). RF began providing capacity building training for all the MACS members from September 2010 in a variety of skills and capacities like book keeping, management of SHGs, awareness of schemes, etc.

The training started bearing fruit when a group of 50 women ventured to take up an idea put forth by the RF team - to start a supermarket! The whole idea was to manage the complete value chain. Members of the MACS would supply pulses, cereals and vegetables to the supermarket.

The produce was mainly grown in 20 acres of land leased out by RF to the MACS members and others in the village. RF convinced all the companies to purchase groceries for their canteens from MACS supermarket only. The supermarket managed to get a decent customer base from the local residents as well. A great number of women benefited from this initiative.

Members of MACS were a confident group by then. Selected members of the group were made members of the Human Resource committee of JNPC, which also had representation from all the companies functioning in the SEZ. This proved to be an ideal forum to put forth the concerns and grievances of the local residents in front of the SEZ management and the companies. Arrangements were made to report every job vacancies before the committee, which helped the local residents to grab them before anyone else does.

An incident that happened during the period of capacity building training is worth mentioning here. The local men planned for an agitation calling for address of a number of demands. But the agitation never happened, as the women folk of the villages stopped their men and assured the issues will be handled the best way possible. The Ramky Foundation had already won their trust.

In a very short span of time, it really has been a remarkable journey for RF at JNPC. “Come to JNPC one can clearly see how important Corporate Social Responsibility is, and how it can make a lasting impact on the lives of those whom we serve” proudly says P. Vinay Kumar, the champion of RF’s success in JNPC. He reiterates ‘All it takes is persistent effort and good intention, with a lot of passion to serve!”

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New Hope, New Beginnings, New Life!!!

New Hope, New Beginnings, New
Life!!!

This is the story of Mrs.Nisha Rajak, 27 years, who lives in Parasoria village.

Nisha comes from a very poor economic background, and has seen a lot of struggle through her growing years. Economic constraints force her to discontinue her education after her 7th standard and she is married off to an illiterate man at the age of 16. Her husband works as a daily labour for a meager income of Rs. 2000. Four years of marriage and three children later, the income remains insufficient to take care of the basic necessities of the joint family of seven members. The mounting economic pressures take a toll on the family as Nisha’s husband turned to alcohol, domestic abuse and dowry harassment.

In May 2012, Ramky Foundation started the tailoring & embroidery training center in the village. Nisha was one of the trainees who attended the classes sincerely. Despite opposition from her husband, Nisha was determined to make the best use of the training. After three months of training, Nisha was well equipped with the required skills in tailoring and embroidery.

Taking a loan from SGH, Nisha purchased a tailoring machine and today, she gives training to other women in the village. Additionally, she attends the dress making work and this makes her monthly earning approximately Rs.4000/- to 5000/-.

With pride and gratitude, Nisha says, “RF has given a new life to me and my family. There is peace today and my husband respects me for the work I do. As a mother I am able to afford good education for my children. Thanks to Ramky Foundation.”

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RF Helped me realize my Green dream

RF Helped me realize my Green dream

Ramky Foundation organized 4 Self Help Groups in Amoda village, Sagar district, in the month of March 2011. Ever since, RF organized several training workshops for women to empower them in terms of skills enhancement, capacity building, gender equality etc.

The following is a case study of one such woman who realized her dream with the initiatives of Ramky Foundation.

Mrs. Sanjali Bahu is a small farmer from Amoda village. She became a member of Sri Ganesh SHG in the year 2012. During the SHG group in 1st of week of June, Mrs. Sanjali shared her dream of vegetative farming and promoting kitchen garden.

Mrs. Sanjali in her words (June):“I have 1 acre of land and have a dream of cultivating my own vegetables. But I have no knowledge of cultivation. Also my financial condition is not sound enough for buying seeds and cultivating vegetables”.

Looking at her passion for vegetable farming, Ramky Foundation provided her training in 3rd week of June, 2012. The Agriculture Officer from Zilla Panchayat acted as resource person and package practices in vegetable farming and kitchen gardening were explained to all women. After the training, RF supplied vegetable Seeds to cultivate Chilies and Tomato in ½ acre each to Mrs.Sanjali Bahu.

Under the technical guidance and with financial help from Ramky Foundation, Sanjali started cultivation. It took 4 months, and the crop started yield. Totally 5 quintals of tomatoes and 5quintals of Chilies were produced in 1 acre of land and the entire produce is sold by her in the village market for local consumption. This was her first attempt at cultivation. Today, she is successful with improved earnings.

Sanjali expresses deep gratitude for RF as she says, “I am thankful to RF for fulfilling my dream. Growing vegetable farms has not only helped us in using the produce at our home but also enhanced our income levels. I am now contributing around Rs.3000/- per month to the family income and this has lessened my husband’s burden.”

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Success Story of Saraswati

RF Helped me realize my Green dream

Saraswati is educated till the 7th standard. At the age of 14 she is married off and was living a happy life with her husband. A year after her marriage she is blessed with a baby boy. However, her Mother-in-law’s constant nagging became a norm in the house, and made her life miserable. One day the Mother-in-law connived with her son to throw Saraswati out of the house.

Saraswati, worked as a cook in a church for 3 years and also worked in various households for her and her son’s survival. Somehow she managed to bring back her husband and started staying with him in Hyderabad. Both lived happily and were blessed with another baby. Unfortunately, due to her mother in laws torture, her husband commits suicide.

Saraswati marries her brother-in - law after her sister’s death to fulfill the loneliness in her life. There were many conflicts between the couple and they get separated. At this point she meets a lady named Monica from Srikakulam.

Both were alone and decide to stay together in order to fulfill her childrens’need. Saraswati decided to work but didn’t know what to do as she was not much educated. Monica lured her into prostitution, explaining how it will secure her children’s future.

From then on, Saraswati became a sex worker, but was not aware of safe methods and protection to be taken to safeguard from HIV. She happens to know about Ramky foundations Ti project from another HRG and learnt about various services including health test, condoms distribution and medicines availability of Ramky Foundations TI project.

She visited RF office and learnt about different methods and protection to be taken for an HRG. Later after administering an HIV test, she came to know that she is HIV positive. She was given ICTC counselling and required medicines.

Saraswati says “My socio-economic conditions, made me choose this profession. I was not aware of the disease, which I was affected with, but now with the help of Ramky Foundation staff I can understand and advise others about the safe methods, timely treatment to a longer life. I thank RF staff who are guiding us as teachers and counselling us as mentors.”

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Toll Gate to College Gate

Toll Gate to College Gate

Sushanth Reddy, a government school student of Kurnool district is very talented and meritorious who got good marks in his SSC exams and later admitted into government junior college for accessing intermediate education. Severe poverty conditions forced him to go to work so as to contribute for his family income. He used to attend the college infrequently, which led to his failure in intermediate exams.

In search of livelihood, he approached Ramky Group in 2013 to support in providing employment in Toll Gate near Narketpalli, which turned unsuccessful as he was a minor. But Ramky Group did not let him go empty hands and enquired his conditions that forced to work by stopping education and decided to facilitate financial assistance to continue his studies. RF not only provided financial support for his education, but also bearing the other cost required to continue his studies such as hostel facility, study material support, coaching required, etc. With this support, he again applied for intermediate exams and by passing it joined his graduation in SSN College to pursue B.Com computers. Now Sushanth is studying third year of his course and he happily express his gratitude towards RF that “My dream of accessing higher education was interrupted due to poverty and I never imagined of continuing my education. But Ramky Foundation made it possible with its total support in facilitating education to me. I respect the great values that RF is maintaining towards community, as I am the best example.

From then on, Saraswati became a sex worker, but was not aware of safe methods and protection to be taken to safeguard from HIV. She happens to know about Ramky foundations Ti project from another HRG and learnt about various services including health test, condoms distribution and medicines availability of Ramky Foundations TI project.

She visited RF office and learnt about different methods and protection to be taken for an HRG. Later after administering an HIV test, she came to know that she is HIV positive. She was given ICTC counselling and required medicines.

Saraswati says “My socio-economic conditions, made me choose this profession. I was not aware of the disease, which I was affected with, but now with the help of Ramky Foundation staff I can understand and advise others about the safe methods, timely treatment to a longer life. I thank RF staff who are guiding us as teachers and counselling us as mentors.”

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Hunting to Cultivation

Hunting to Cultivation

Sivapuram Chenchu Gudem is a tribal village, in Kothapalli mandal of Kurnool district. The source of household income for most of the families was hunting. Though having one acre of land for each household that is allocated by the government, they were totally dependent on the low income getting from hunting. The land owning by them was uncultivable due to various reasons such as not having interest in farming, lack of proper infrastructure and facilities to cultivate the land, etc.

When Ramky Foundation approached the farmers to take up horticulture plantation with the aim of converting them as farmers under Integrated Tribal Development Project, all the villagers except Nimmala Venkateshwarlu were totally against the Foundation with the misunderstanding that we will take over their lands allotted by government.

Nimmala Venkateshwarlu is the only person, who understood the aim of the project and came forward to take up horticulture plantation in his one acre of land. Immediately after taking approval from him and his family in 2010, all the works such as developing the land, digging of pits, plantation of Mango and Sapota, irrigation, trainings on farm based activities, protection of plants, application of pesticides and fertilizers, etc, were happened so fast that within few years of time rotation, his uncultivable land has become a green orchard. Total of 39 manglo plants and 30 sapota plants were raised in his land along with Teak as the border plantation. Within four years, each plant in his field has produced 30 kgs of fruits, which made Venkateshwarlu very surprised. He expressed his gratitude to Ramky Foundation that ‘I never imagined my land growing as a green orchard. I am surprised to see better yield in my farm”.

Venkateshwarlu’s story inspired many people in the village. In 2014, after experiencing fruitful results in his farm, the other 43 households came forward to take up horticulture plantation in their lands. Now there are no hunters in Sivapuram Chenchu Gudem; all are farmers.

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Eradication of Migration through Collective work

Eradication of Migration through Collective work

Shankar Nayek, one among the 528 farmers of Integrated Tribal Development Project in West Bengal belongs to Gobindapur village of Paschim Medinipur district. He was a pump mechanic who used to travel from one village to another in search of work and his income was hardly 2000 to 3000 per month. Seasonal migration was another problem to Shankar Nayak’s family and other villagers, where all the male members of the households used to migrate in search of work during off seasons of agricultural activities.

In 2015, a hope for life had been vision by Shankar Nayak, when he came to know the WADI project implementing by Ramky Foundation. He along with his five brothers approached the Foundation and expressed their interest to take up horticulture plantation in their six acres of land.

Ramky Foundation initiated the plantation of 450 saplings of mango and Cashew in their six acres of land (each brother has one acre of land) and all the six brothers were provided trainings and exposure visits on farm based activities. They well understood the role of farmers in the successful implementation of the project and accordingly participated actively in each and every activity of the project. They themselves did every work starting from pit digging to irrigation supply and harvesting to marketing collectively without investing on outside labor, which resulted in cutting down the input cost. One submersible pump was provided to Gobindapur cluster for irrigation purpose through the project. Though it is the responsibility of all farmers of the cluster to safeguard the motor, these brothers are taking special care in its maintenance and watching regularly to avoid the problem of theft by constructing a small hut beside the pump. The plant growth in the WADIs is good and 92% of mortality was recorded.

They have shown keen interest in taking up intercropping with the financial support provided through the project. Ramky Foundation motivated them to raise multiple crops as part of inter cropping in order to sustain from ups and downs in market prices. Accordingly, they have grown pumpkin, cucumber, gourd, okra, green leafy vegetables, bitter gourd, etc, and experienced good output. They harvested around 30 quintals of pumpkin, 50 kilograms of cucumber, 2 quintals of Okra and the harvesting of other crops is going on. They earned Rs. 35000/- income alone from pumpkin cultivation and another one lakh rupees is expected from remaining crops. One of the brothers has taken the responsibility of marketing and selling the produce in local bazars

Now, everyone in the family is happy. Mr. Shankar Nayak says “we used to migrate to other areas in search of work during off seasons of agricultural work. Now we need not to migrate as we have work in our own farms throughout the year. Also, we need not to worry about our income, as we are earning good income through inter cropping and other activities of the project. We hope for good yields in our horticulture plantation also, which will start yielding in few years”.

Not only Shankar Naik’s family of Gobindapur village, all the tribal families of the project area won’t be migrating to other areas in search of livelihood.

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INCREASE IN FISH PRODUCTION: A case study of Chandra Gudem village

 INCREASE IN FISH PRODUCTION: A case study of Chandra Gudem village

Chandra Gudem Reservoir is a major Tank of Mylavaram Mandal, Krishna district under Andhra Pradesh Community Based Tank Management Project (APCBTMP) implementing by Ramky Foundation. The Morusumally Fisheries Cooperative Society covers three villages under the project tank with 245 registered members, of which 78 are from Chandra Gudem village. Out of these 78 members, 63 are having land in the Tank Ayacut and 15 are non- Ayacutdars. Earlier, they use to release 30mm size (1”) fingerlings in Chandra Gudem Reservoir before taking up APCBTMP project by Ramky Foundation and they were totally unaware of the advanced practices in Fish cultivation.

Through the implementation of the APCBTMP project, they have been provided trainings regarding new technologies in fish cultivation with best fisheries practices, controlling of diseases and feeding, book keeping, records maintenance, etc. They were also provided exposure visits to Kakinada and Kaikaluru to study various methodologies in production and Marketing of Fish.

In August 2013 they released 60000 fingerlings of 100 mm (4”) size in the tank, which has 36 ha of effective water spread Area. Half of the cost of fingerlings of Rs. 59840/- was provided through the project and the remaining half of the amount was bear by the beneficiaries. In the harvesting season in May 2014, they got the outcome of 165 quintals of fish (average of 459 kgs per Ha/EWSA), whereas earlier they used to harvest only about 26 quintals (average of 128 kgs per Ha/EWSA). The fish production and income generation before and after the implementation of the project is shown below;

Year Fish production (in kgs) Sale Price(Rs /Kg) Income (in Rs)
2012 – 13 2775 30 83250
2013 – 14 16524 40 660960
    Additional income 577710

Sri. Saggurthi Mohan Rao, Chairman of the FCS, Morusumally sums up their experience of implementing innovations in fisheries under APCBTMP that “we learnt about best practices in Fishery through the project and experienced good results. We demanded for better rates with buyers as we produced better quality of fish this time through trainings and exposure visit under the project”.