This is a story of a drought prone area in a remote village of Beed district. The village consists of a large majority of migrant population where men and young boys go out of the village for work more than 6 months in a year.
Water harvesting in a drought prone village
Village Zhapewadi, Beed district, Maharashtra
Designing a water conservation plan of 8 check dams for the village through frugal innovation, all built from sacks of sand.
The success built a lot of confidence in women and they were energized to take up new projects. Due to the water conservation a lot of problems faced by the village were curbed. The water table in the village increased and there was now an abundance of water in the local agricultural fields. The women wanted toilets to be built for their households. They were aware of the government schemes and negotiated with the Gramsevak to sanction the funds. 40 toilets were sanctioned and the family, through their participation in labor costs built the toilets. Today the village is aiming to be a 100% defecation free village. The total project cost was only Rs. 1234/- and in return the women got respect and dignity from the men for doing something which would have taken them years.