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IMPACT FEATURE # 005

posted Apr 4, 2018, 2:39 AM by Don Bosco Development Society

By: Karen Laurie

The Mission of the Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) is to provide hope for those with little hope of a future, and the Salesian-run organisation - working in communities in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh – has successfully lived up to its mission, arming the poor – like Sharmila Thale - with tools and skills to make a livelihood.

Thale, a member of the Shri Ganesh Self-Help Group (SHG), resides with her family at Wadala in Mumbai. Few months ago, she lost everything due to a short circuit accident in her area. The fire destroyed all that she possessed, her home, household items and other belongings. When her family was rendered practically homeless, she approached DBDS and its Executive Director, Father Rolvin D’Mello, for help.

DBDS, true to its calling, came to her aid, when she shared her dream of starting a small sandwich business to provide for her family. DBDS first trained her to manage the small-scale business, and then provided a sandwich maker – through sponsorship from AUXILIUM INDIA (Seregno, Italy), which is a voluntary organisation that has worked in conjunction with Don Bosco for a decade.

This helped her start a small stall where she began selling different types of sandwiches. Today, Thale earns around Rs 900 per day. Her story does prove that hard work, mixed with a helping hand from concerned institutions like DBDS, helps dreams come true.

“I am very grateful to Don Bosco Development Society for training me in this business and helping me become self-reliant,” she said. Father D’Mello too expressed his joy adding, “We are glad to see Sharmila standing on her own feet and I am grateful to AUXILIUM INDIA for their help and support.”






IMPACT FEATURES #004

posted Jan 20, 2018, 8:34 AM by Don Bosco Development Society

15-Jan-2018, Mumbai: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai participated in the exhibition-cum-sale event organized by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) from 12th-14th January 2018. The event was organized by Urban Poverty Alleviation Department, under Women & Child Development Ministry. A good number of slum women trained in Business Entrepreneurship participated in the exhibition. It was a great opportunity for these Self-Help Group (SHG) women to display and sell their products to earn some extra income.

Self-help groups (SHGs) are becoming a successful model for empowering the disadvantaged groups. Women members of the Self-Help Group (SHG) in Mumbai city are now well organized and are reaping the benefits of micro business. Around 17 SHGs from DBDS have come a long way since they started out as minor concern. Now, they have grown enough to exhibit their products at an expo being held in the city.

Most of the products on display were related to Sweets, Snacks, Spices, Jewellery, Clothes, Handicrafts and liquid soap etc. Sizeable amount of sale was reported by SHGs in the event which was open from 11.00 am to 9.30 pm every day. “I received a small credit from the SHG’s savings for doing business. Today I sold Indian Spices & Snacks which I had learnt to make in one of the income generation training conducted by Don Bosco Development society. Thanks to them for their support and encouragement” said Vidhya Agawane – a project beneficiary who participated in the exhibition.

Ms. Surekha Pednekar (Programme Coordinator-DBDS) and all Field Staff encouraged women to participate in this exhibition. All women from slums are learning business skills; they are focusing on improving their household income. This will have a huge impact on other dimensions of their life. Our 17 SHGs from Matunga, King’s Circle, Pratikshanagar, Antop Hill, Wadala, Dharavi and Kurla participated in the event and were very happy to be part of this exhibition . Such is the quality and pricing of the SHG products, that people from various walks of life, thronged the stalls and bought the products.






IMPACT FEATURES # 003

posted Jan 6, 2018, 6:29 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Jan 20, 2018, 8:36 AM ]

The Fight for Health 

Taradgavhan is a small village in Shrigonda block in Ahmednagar District. It is 45 kms away from Ahmednagar District and 40 kms away from Shrigonda block. The population of the village is 922 with 219 families. Female is 428 and male is 494. There is a primary school in the village. After the primary education children have to walk about 10 kms to Ghogargaon village to another government school. There is no health clinic / PHC in the village. The people of the Taradgavhan have to rely on Ghogargaon village for everything. There are no Bank and Post Office in this village. Since one month, they have newly elected Sarpanch. The sarpanch was elected by the villagers. The name of the Sarpanch is Mr. Navnath Doke. Taradgavhan village is mainly dependent on the rain water for the agriculture. After December the people have to rely on tankers for the drinking water.

In the beginning of November, the villagers named Sunanda Thorve, Pooja Doke and Digamber Doke were sick with fever. They took treatment from the nearby clinic from Ghogargaon village. There was no improvement seen. The patients were taken to Ahmednagar to doctor Walke. He checked the people and took few tests. All the patients were diagnosed with dengue.

The villagers gave this news to Sarpanch of the village, Mr. Navnath Doke. He discussed this issue with the villagers. The villagers and the sarpanch gave the news of the outbreak of the dengue fever in the local newspapers. After publishing the news in the newspapers an immediate action was taken by the Primary Health Sector at Mandavgan.

Some of the government officers such as Block Health Officer Dr. N. M. Joshi, Main Health officer Dr. P. V. Shinde, Gramsevak of the village Mrs. Dyaneshwari Gaikwad, Health Supervisor and eight Arogya Sevak came to the village. They guided people on preventive measures to avoid the dengue fever. The whole village was fumigated, Blood check-up was conducted of the clinically suspected people and stagnant water was also checked to prevent breeding of Aedes Mosquitoes. All the people were also given Abet tablets to control the Dengue fever. The department provided their support continuously for five days. The whole village was made clean.

The whole village, Sarpanch, Mr. Navnath Doke were very grateful to all the government officers from Public Health Sector for their immediate action on the issue.

Sarpanch of Taradgavhan Mr. Navnath Doke felicitated by villagers 
and PLE Animator Sachin Sable

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News of Taradgavhan Village Case study 
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IMPACT FEATURES # 002

posted Sep 21, 2016, 9:22 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Sep 21, 2016, 9:26 AM ]

SUCCESSFUL FARMER

Name: Sambhaji Maruti Landge (Ahmednagar)
Age: 45 years
Religion: Hindu (Maratha)
Occupation: Farmer

“My village falls in drought prone zone. I could take only one crop in a year and for rest of the year I would work as labourer. Now my life has changed after the intervention of BGVK in my village. I now take four to five crops in a year.” Sambhaji






Sambhaji hails from village Pimpalgaon Landga in Ahmednagar. His family consists of his wife, two daughters and a son. He hails from a lower middle class farmer’s family.

His village falls in drought prone zone and since childhood hew saw villagers practicing rain fed agriculture. Families would migrate to cities in search of jobs during the lean season. His family practiced the same. It was a difficult time for him and the other families in his village. He supplemented his income by working in an agro based company but couldn’t meet his family’s needs.

In 1997, he met the field officer of BGVK (Bosco Gramin Vikas Kendra, Ahmednagar) in his village and BGVK adopted this village under its rural development activities. BGVK conducted a rapid assessment of the problems faced by people and consulted them on the possible solutions to their problem. A micro level plan was prepared with the participation of village. BGVK implemented integrated watershed project in the village which created awareness on water conservation and water management. Watershed structures were constructed, pasture development was promoted and controlled grazing was practiced in the village. These efforts led to an increase in the water table and also increase in the availability of surface water in village. Now, Sambhaji is able to take five crops in a year.

Sambhaji underwent training in Poultry management at BGVK and started Poultry to earn some extra income. He planted Pomegranate trees on 1 acre and cultivated Soyabean, Tuar, Cabbage, Bhendi (Ocra), Bajra and Bhuimug (Ground nuts) on rest of the land. This has increased in income many fold.

Sambhaji is a great source of inspiration to youth. He has been attending BGVK’s training programmes on livelihood diversification, leadership, village governance etc. Since 2010, he has been regularly attending Farmer’s Exposure visits organized by BGVK and has motivated other villagers to adopt modern farm practices.

In 2015 he built a RCC concrete house, owns a four wheeler and a two wheeler, he has his own tractor too. He is now giving best possible education to his children. He is now well respected in his village and has become a role model for the farmers in his village – Thanks to BGVK, Ahmednagar.

IMPACT FEATURES # 001

posted Sep 9, 2016, 5:44 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Sep 9, 2016, 10:12 PM ]

SHABNAM BEAUTY PARLOUR – Young Achievers 

She also met young girls and women in her area to understand their needs for a beauty parlour. Quickly she realized that it would be a good business in her area. She took a loan of Rs.45,000/- from her parents to set up a Beauty Parlour. Today her parlour “SHABNAM BEAUTY PARLOUR” is a well-known among young girls and household women. She works on part time basis and has also kept an assistant to help her. She provides services like facial, clean-up, waxing, mehandi, haircut, manicure, pedicure etc. She is able to earn upto Rs.6000 per month on an average. 

In addition while doing her course in DBDS she got motivated to study further; and is also studying for graduation in Khalsa College, Matunga. “I am very grateful to Don Bosco, not merely for giving me an occupation in life but for what I am today”, said Shabnam Shaikh on the inauguration day of her beauty parlour.


Shabnam Shaikh resides with her family in the Bangalipura slum at Antop Hill area in Mumbai. Her family consists of her parents and 2 brothers. She always wanted to be self-reliant and stand on her feet. After completing her HSC exam, she started looking for job but couldn’t find one as she had no experience. During this job hunting period she met Basanti, Social Worker of Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai. 

Basanti informed her about the job oriented Beautician course in DBDS, which was Government of India certified. Soon she enrolled for this course and underwent 4 months of intensive training at DBDS. She also underwent entrepreneurship training with DBDS, which brought out the real entrepreneur in her. After learning Beautician skills she undertook an area survey to test the feasibility of setting up a Beauty Parlour in her area. 


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