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Growing flowers to improve family income

Hakari grows flowers to improve the family income


Hakari, who is 40, lives with her husband and three children in a small, remote hamlet. Only two members of her family are able to support the family with their income: Hakari’s husband is an agricultural labourer and one of her sons travels every day to Udaipur city to work on construction sitefor a meagre wage. Hakari would spend her days completing household chores, grazing the family’s cattle, growing small quantities of maize seasonally and travelling long distances to collect drinking water.

Hakari is a member of her local Self-Help Group, set up by Seva Mandir, and through this she was able to take part in a project to enhance the income of rural women through poultry keeping and floriculture.

Hakari started growing flowers. Following the training and capacity building events conducted as part of this project, she was able to take her flowers to sell at the market. She was able to earn INR 9,000 (GBP 125) in just one season. In an area where the average income of a rural farmer is GBP 140, this makes a huge difference to her family’s income.