“Where there is water, there is everything. Now, the animals have water. The women don’t have to walk for kilometers to fill their pots and household needs. Earlier, we had to go to small wells to fetch water for our livestock. It was a difficult exercise as we had to carry 10-15 water pots. It will also help us with farming and make the soil fertile,” says farmer Jagdish from Mohanpura village, Kota district.
Sapna is very grateful for these sessions and check-ups. At 28, she is pregnant for the third time. She can’t forget the first two difficult pregnancies. “I didn’t know about the right diet, the use of blood and BP tests, need for vitamins and calcium tablets,” she says.
Arti Devi from Loni village is upbeat that she can now stitch trendy clothes. “I get orders for blouses, suits, frocks for children. I have bought a second machine and am earning better. I can manage my household expenses in a better manner,” she says. Like her, Preeti Devi is also dreaming of a better life.
Anuradha from Heerapur village, Uttar Pradesh, is a first-time mother-to-be and used to have low hemoglobin in the first trimester of her pregnancy. “The first three months of my pregnancy were difficult as I wasn’t aware about a nutrition-based diet. Now, I eat a lot of vegetables, fruits and grains. After following didi’s instructions, my hemoglobin is somewhere around 9 and I don’t feel dizzy anymore,” she says.