A group of naturopaths from Australia visited Jandaksha Trust today. After a presentation in the JDT office, the group headed into Badanga (बडंगा) village, about 22 kilometers to the west of Udaipur.
In Badanga, we met with about five local women. One woman is trained as a midwife and described her work working with pregnant women and newborns. In the past, women would have their children at home, but with greater knowledge of the health risks of pregnancy, more women are going to the hospital for childbirth. In fact, several local women will often carry the pregnant woman on a stretcher to the hospital in Udaipur city.
The local women also described their desire for a self-help group in which savings can be made. Often times, villagers take loans at high interest rates from banks and private lenders. If the women all contribute to a savings account, loans can be made at 1% interest rate to fund business ventures, construction projects, weddings, and medical emergencies.
Badanga's women also hope to find more opportunities to earn money at home. On top of house work, farming, and caring for children, it is very tough for them to venture into the city for labor jobs. Thus, they hope to put their skills in handicrafts and stitching to use at home.