Planted Visions Bloom

Dhoker Jhara Village, India

It’s a remarkable sign of transformation when we see something happening by itself, especially after we have been trying to do this for a long time. Last month was quite surprising for me as I saw two villagers conducting business, which is non-traditional for our community.

While visiting a weekly market nearby our village to purchase some household items, I came upon a person who was selling vegetables. To my surprise, that person was a villager to whom I gave the idea to sell vegetables for income generation. His name is Manik. I talked with him for some time and he shared, “I often sell my vegetables in a weekly market like this. In the starting period, it was difficult for me to choose which vegetables I should grow to make profit. Vegetables like tomatoes and leafy vegetables are profitable, but cost more. They cannot be preserved for a long time, so that’s why I started growing vegetables that can be preserved longer, like potatoes and onions. Now I have enough experience to grow on a large scale.” He thanks the entire GHNI team for helping him recognize his potential. Like that man, I found another young man named Bablu selling spicy chickpeas during the sports day held in our village.

These examples show us that the visions we plant in villagers’ minds to grow their lifestyles have started growing. They are making their visions come true!