CSR Success Stories
Hana Hansepi (Dima Hasao, Assam)
Reaping the fruits of her hard work; literally!
Hana Hansepi, aged 45, hails from Umrongso in Dima Hasao District of Assam. She is a widow and a mother of 3 girls, all aged between 13-18 years. The eldest of them could not pursue studies after completing class 10th. The other two are still studying in a local school. Life wasn’t easy for Hana after her husband died. She cultivated seasonal vegetables in her one acre of land, earning just enough for sustenance of her family. She was concerned about her daughters as she could barely save anything for the future.
In 2018, as a part of the Tribal Development Project, which Dalmia Bharat Foundation undertook in her area in partnership with NABARD, assistance was given to develop a Wadi (Plantation agriculture) whereby she planted horticulture crops like Litchi, Guava, Lemon, etc. on her 1 acre piece of land. Along with that, she started to cultivate turmeric, pineapple and seasonal vegetables as intercrops. She was provided the saplings under the project and her family labored to plant those saplings.
While the fruit trees are maturing, she has started earning Rs. 50,000- Rs. 60,000 per annum from the inter crops and the border crops alone. Once the plantation matures, her income is expected to be anywhere between Rs. 150,000- Rs. 200,000. That will give her an opportunity not just to meet her present day needs, but also to save money for the secure future of her family.