I belong to a very poor family. My father was so poor the family could not even get a proper day’s meal. So, most of the days we had to wait to get any food.
As a result, I and my brothers and sisters were often sick. I lost 3 of my brothers due to illness at a young age. Treatment and medicine was a dream as we didn’t have any money.
When I got married I came to live with my in-laws. I found myself bound again with the same problems because my husband was also from a poor family. When my children were born, our family grew but his income didn’t increase.
One day he decided to start a business from which he can make some more income for the family. But we did not have any savings and no one was interested in lending us money without high rates of interest. So, we could not realize our dream and our condition remained unchanged.
Then I came to know that there are a new couple in our village who are working for a NGO and who were looking for people who can join in their savings group. I was interested and decided to hear them out. So I went to meet with them along with some of my neighbours and they told that they were trying to help us. They asked us to form groups where we can get literacy training, make savings and can even take loan from our own savings in time of need and they will also give us training for income generating projects so that we can invest our money in different activities and get better lives.
Without delay I enrolled for a group. Suddenly I felt hopeful. Here were activities that can make a difference and I can take part in changing the fate of my family at last.
Uzzala Rani Das