Health is a critical need that sends families into irredeemable debts. In hard times people need to be supported thro' that. A good ayurvedic clinic in the village has showed a great demand for these medicines.
Kala’s young husband is into drinking and she is trying to bring up her two small daughters on her own. Her health is compromised, but there is no money to address that. Annapurna after a broken marriage has been trying to rebuild her life singly.
Varalu has with much sincerity taken on some tutions we have asked her to. She has started making pickles against orders we can organize. She has taken responsible charge of the ayurveda work in the village. She has gained the confidence that comes out of being able to earn for her children, as well as doing meaningful work.
Annpurna has been processing and marketing pickles, amla products, tamarind etc. that we have been able to find her a market for. Eashwaramma, Lakshmikantha and others now wish to also do such production. We need to work out more products and a wider market.
The cloth bag enterprise is sustaining more and more families, including Annapurna and Varalu.
A glass of milk daily for all the children along with some basic ayurvedic medicines has so substantially addressed their health condition, and they no longer suffer from malnourishment and anaemia.. There are deeper problems to address - why there is no milk at home for the children, why even if they have cows they have to sell every drop as that is the only source of income for the rural community in these droughts.
Health needs of the community are being handled.