Philips Hembrom from Barmanni village, Munger, struggled to support his large family comprising of his wife and five children from mining activity.
He joined the wadi programme. His wadi comprises of mango, jackfruit, guava and papaya and vegetable crops such as Bottle gourd, Ladies finger, Bitter gourd, Ridge gourd, pulses and mustard. With the income from wadi, Philips purchased two cows. His wife is a member of the SHG formed by BAIF and she makes 300 leaf plates per day which
fetch her INR 64,800 in six months. The total annual income of the family from wadi, sale of milk and leaf plate making is INR 1.34 lakhs (0.134 million).
His stable income has enabled him to fund his son’s higher education at a private college in the nearby city of Bhagalpur. He has also been able to ensure the marriage of his 4 daughters. However, Philips feels that his singular achievement has been the addition of another 44 community members in wadi cultivation.