When a farmer commits suicide, it leaves the entire family in a situation of distress. The widows not only just loose their husbands but also their means of livelihood and most importantly, they loose their hope.
Adopt-a-widow is about bringing hope to such widows by helping them start-up a small business for sustainable means of earning and supporting their families.
Problems Faced by Widows
- Loss of Husband
- No emotional/financial support
- Very low/no source of income
- Inability to feed themselves and children
SIF Initiatives/Solution: Help widows start a source of income
SIF investigates areas with high suicide rates and interviews the families of the farmers who committed suicide. We spend enough time with them to understand their socio-economic condition and also collect data on land area, loan amount and number of family members. We provide loans to these identified widows such that, they can start a small business as a continued source of income to support themselves and their children. Such businesses include sewing, grocery store, cattle farming etc.
Adopt-a-widow is an ongoing project. We will continue to visit the areas with high suicide rate and identify widows to donate money to them such that they can have a sustainable livelihood.
We have been identifying widows every year and giving them hope by means of loans to start or expand their source if income. We have helped 65+ widows so far and will continue to work towards it. Here are details of some of the widows that received help from SIF.
Name and Address: Sridevi, Inaganooru, ODC Mandalam, Anantapur
Provided Support:1 buffalo
Cost – Rs. 40,000
Expected income – 54,000 per year
Name and Address: Ramula Naik Chandranayana Palli Tada, Talupula Mandalam, Ananthapuram
Provided Support: 6 goats
Cost – Rs. 30,000
Expected income – 30,000 per year
After year long effort, SAM (South Asian Moms) was able to raise funds to support 6 ladies.
- Nirmala Kohchade, from: Jalka, Maregaon, Yavatmal, Maharashtra needs assistance to buy seeds for 2015 season
- Maya Kanake, from: Nimni, Zari will be given goats
- Savita Bhoyar, from: Yevati, Ralegaon would like to start flour mill business
- Meena Madavi, from: Marathwakdi, Kelapur would like to start goat grazing business
- Laxmi Ade, from: Aakpuri, Yavatmal wants to start noodle making business
- Jyoti Dhole, from: Kotha village in Kalamb, Maharashtra would like to start noodle making small business.
|Smt. Vandana Kisan Bontawar|
|Name||Smt. Vandana Kisan Bontawar|
|Address||At. Telang- Takli, Po. Umari, Tq. Kelapur, Distt. Yavatmal|
|Name of Deceased Farmer||Kisan Nanaji Bontawar|
|Son/Daughter||3 daughters - Puja (Std- X) , Ashvini (Std-VII) , Rutu (Std-VII)
1 son - Gajanan (Std-VI)
|Date of Suicide||10- May- 2008|
|Progress||4 goats donated to her and now she has 10 goats|
|Smt. Sandhya Narendra Batak|
|Name||Smt. Sandhya Narendra Batak|
|Address||At. Khutapuri (Manikwada) , Tq. Ner, Distt. Yavatmal|
|Name of Deceased Farmer||Narendra Shivlal Batak|
|Son/Daughter||2 sons - Kshitij & Ruturaj|
|Date of Suicide||25-Oct-2009|
|Progress||Now her monthly income is Rs. 3500/-|
|Smt. Vijaya Sudhir Padhen|
|Name||Smt. Vijaya Sudhir Padhen|
|Address||At.Po. Mozar , Tq. Ner , Distt. Yavatmal|
|Name of Deceased Farmer||Sudhir Jagannath Padhen|
|Son/Daughter||2 sons - Pratik (Std-VIII) & Bhushan (Std-V)|
|Date of Suicide||30-Dec-2006|
|Progress||Now her monthly income is Rs. 4500/-|
|Smt. Sunita Gunwant Jadhav|
|Name||Smt. Sunita Gunwant Jadhav|
|Address||At. Konghara , Po. Umri, Tq. Kelapur , Distt. Yavatmal|
|Name of Deceased Farmer||Gunwant Baliram Jadhav|
|Son/Daughter||3 Daughters - Ajita (Std-XII), Tammana (Std-IX), Laxmi (Std-IV)|
|Date of Suicide||16-Feb-2014|
|Progress||Now her monthly income from her small business is Rs. 4500/-|
|Smt. Sunanda Subhash Dhenge|
|Name||Smt. Sunanda Subhash Dhenge|
|Address||At. Po. Mangladevi, , Dist. Yavatmal|
|Name of Deceased Farmer||Subhsh Anandrao Dhenge|
|Son/Daughter||2 sons - Amol (Std-XII), Rajesh (Std-X)|
|Date of Suicide||22-May-2011|
|Progress||Now her monthly income is Rs. 4000/-|
Shrimati Vandana Kisan Mohurle is from sonbardi. Taluka in Kelapur District of Yavatmal. Her husband Late Kisan Laxman Mohurle had committed suicide by consuming poison on 06th Nov.2011. she has a daughter Vrushali (Age 12) & a son Lokesh (Age 10). she has 2.5 Acre of land & did not received any type type of government aid. We provided her financial help to start a vegetable shop. Now her monthly income is around Rs.6000-8000/- and she is doing well now.
November 2012 – Visit to Yeotmal (Maharashtra-India) to help the victim families
Articles on SIF’s visit to Yeotmal region in Vidharbha, Maharashtra to help the victims from farmer’s family.
Article on SIF’s visit to Yeotmal region in Vidharbha, Maharashtra to help the victims from farmer’s family.
January 2012 – Fundraiser
We planned our first fund raiser which was a grand success. The event titled ‘Rhythm ‘N Raaga Presents “Sargam 2012” a Live Concert’ was held at UALR Stella Boyle Auditorium, Fine Arts Building, 2801 S University Ave, Little Rock AR 72204 on Saturday, January 7, 2012 from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM. Rhythm ‘N Raaga is a local musical group formed here in Little rock which specializes in South Asian music and we were very fortunate to tie up with them for this event. The minimum goal for the event was $2600 in order to help 4 families identified by Wainganga Sanstha.
The 4 families were that of Mangala Betawar, Nirmala Shende, Geeta Chincholkar and Vandana Shende that were identified to be genuine. We ended up raising close to $5000 due to the generous donations by the people of Little rock.