Durga Bai lives in Vali village of Kurabar block. Durga Bai’s husband works as a driver and her three children have grown up and are working or are married. Before beginning her work as a para worker with Jagran she was working as an agricultural laborer. She has joined a SHG named Baba Ram Dev Samuh as a member and has been associated with Jagran since the last 10years. Involving with women collectives has helped her save money on a regular basis and has improved her monthly income.
Apart from this she has been able to improve her knowledge on social issues, health and hygiene and social evils prevalent in the community. After joining as a female health worker with Jagran she has helped in the penetration of the female health program in the community and in creating awareness about menstrual hygiene in the community.
She has not only improved her own knowledge but is instrumental in disseminating this knowledge in the community and amongst the SHG members. Working with Jagran has motivated her to continue her education and now she is appearing for 12th board exams from Open University.
After joining the SHG she has taken loan many times for the marriage of her daughters, for buying buffalo and for construction of her house. She was also being given a sewing machine worth 5500 under a livelihood scheme sponsored by Jagran. She sewed cloths and made masks during the COVID pandemic which helped her survive the economic crises brought about by the pandemic.
She says initially she was earning Rs 4000 in a month but now she manages to earn Rs 9000 in a month due to the exposure and support she received over these years.