And Varalu moves on from strength to strength. As each person she treats recovers well, people from neighbouring villages are coming for ayurvedic medicines to her. The Balija community, the Reddy community and others. Her clarity of diagnosis and instruction and gentle firmness is a combination that is rare. Now I have asked her to do a regular survey of the health situation in the village and the expenses incurred by the families. When we sis this last year it threw up surprises ! In the clutches of a predatory allopathy people were spending 500/- for a fever, and many thousands for other conditions when scans were recommended. I can also then give her some money for this - and having to singly bring up three children, heaven knows I need reasons to give her money she can earn.
With her limited literacy, she is slowly moving mountains and mindsets.