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


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.


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


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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