Saving Lives: A story from the Health Team
The story of Sanju Devi
Sanju Devi is from a very poor family in Paini village, a Dalit by birth, one of the poorest groups of families.
She has three children and her husband is a labourer. He earns only 250 rupees a day (less than four pounds). It was very difficult to support his family. Sanju attended a sewing centre supported by the health team and learnt sewing skills, and then joined the Self Help Group that Health for All supports. She received a loan from the Group, and purchased a sewing machine.
She started making cloths for women in Paini village and started to earn 200 rupees a day, almost the same as her husband. Later she purchased an “interlock stitching machine” and was able to increace her earning to 400 rupees a day. She has become the main earner, and improve the lives of family, directly as a result of the Self Help Group.