From the Dark Shadows of Poverty

Apr 15, 2019

I am Suresh Gopinath Khaire. During the worst drought in 1972, my parents migrated to Urulikanchan. After studying upto Standard V, I joined BAIF as a farm labourer and started learning about the benefits of crossbred cows I purchased a heifer from my savings and she gave birth to a female calf. In the next 3-4 years, I had 5-6 crossbred cows in milk production. I left my job and concentrated on dairy husbandry. Being landless, for successful dairy husbandry, production of fodder is essential. I negotiated for cropping of fodder with a large holder who had 10 cows. I took up the work of milking his cows at Rs.200 per cow per month. From my savings, I purchased 150 sq. metre land and constructed a house with 5 rooms and a toilet as well as a cattle shed to house 5 cows. Presently, I have 5 cows and 2 heifers. I sell 45-50 litres of milk every day to the local dairy and earn a net income of Rs.7,000-Rs.8,000 per month. In addition, I earn Rs.3,000-Rs.4,000 per month by milking cows belonging to other farmers. I am able to provide education to my children and save for the future.

Transforming Lives and Livelihoods

Transforming Lives and Livelihoods

It is a pleasure to present the first four editions of the collection of case stories from the HDFC Bank Parivartan project initiated with the support of the HDFC Bank CSR and implemented by the BAIF Institute…