Modernizing Threshing

Jatapara Village, India


In Jatapara Village, we have been working on the Transformational Community Development (TCD) focus of health. Four families were taught how to stay healthy and how to keep their surroundings clean. In villages, women clean their surroundings using brooms. However, dust blows and is inhaled by the villagers, which causes ailments like coughing, asthma, and other respiratory diseases. The villagers were not able to understand how and why these diseases were caused.


Our TCD workers taught these families that before sweeping, water should be sprayed on the ground so that the dust settles down upon getting wet and will not blow and be inhaled by people, preventing disease. Cleanliness drives away diseases. If we stay clean, we can stay healthy as well. Three women took this advice seriously and are following it.


Turning toward the TCD focus of food, villagers are still using the same old method of threshing rice, taking many days to complete their threshing. Villagers used a threshing machine, but they were driving it with their legs, and it was very tiring and took many days to complete. So last year, TCD workers taught villagers new ways of threshing rice. They introduced a small pump set that is connected with the threshing machine and drives the threshing machine. The work that took two to three days is completed in one day now, thus saving time and labor. So, this year, villagers prefer this method and it has revolutionized the village.