I was born in poverty...and after struggling for many years, I am out, and proudly present this wonderful project to help my people get adequate, long term, family income. As project coordinator, SNET Trust, I, and their expert Farmer Help Group will deliver a plantation of 50 fruit bearing trees to each of 150 farmers. We will assist them in planting, using locally sourced, organic fertilisers and pest deterrents. They will be educated about value added processes, gaining good value at markets, and expanding their plantations at no cost. 1050 family members will be helped with incomes increasing 5 fold and more. Outcome:They will be able to afford better nutritious food, clothing and necessities and education for their children. The tensions, malnourishment and depressions of poverty will be eliminated. Please help us to supply plantations of cash crop trees that will support impoverished families for generations.
For more detail, read the following:
Hi! I am Vaibhav Kalingada.I was born in 1993 at Kalambhai, a rural backward village in Maharashtra (India), two hours north of Mumbai. I am from a poor tribal farmer family.
I was born in poverty. I struggled hard for years to come out of poverty and now I am out! Now I want to help my People do the same!
I determined at an early age that I would find a way out of what I call “miserable poverty.” With a great will I found ways to enter the main culture and get a degree in engineering, bucking the cultural prejudices of “being inferior and incapable”. I received constant ridicule and disbelief that I could outperform my mainstream friends with higher grades and acumen. But to my credit, I did. I became educated and I stand tall despite popular cultural beliefs that I am a backwards person. I consider my people/our people, are “forwards class Nature-all” people.
My only passion is to make my people happy and bring them out of poverty.
I suggest, we just need a living, growing asset that can lead into dependable long-term income.
Project Background and outcomes
Tribal farmers living in the forest area north of nearby Ganeshpuri (Maharashtra, India) have been suffering in poverty for generations. They are ignored and disenfranchised by the main culture. They have been farming for ages, but they haven’t been able to generate enough income or asset to climb above the poverty level. They need a big boost that doesn’t cost much and will last for a very long time.
Planting fruit-bearing trees is a successful way for farmers to generate additional income. Planting income producing fruit trees is like putting money in the bank and drawing interest for years to come. We decided to provide this financial boost by giving a plantation of Papaya, Moringa, and Mango trees. These are all trees they know how to grow but haven’t had enough extra money to buy good quality trees. All these trees have good market and nutritional value. By growing these trees in big numbers their annual income will be increased from below $300 up to 5 times and beyond.
Shri Nityanand Education Trust was founded in 2006 with the expressed goal to provide basic educational, health, vocational and agricultural support to impoverished communities in the outback of Maharashtra state of India. SNET continues to provide inspiration and hope to these communities through programs, such as our Fruit Tree Project, that encourages individuals and groups to become self-sustaining.
a) Distribution of trees: to 150 qualified farmers. Each farmer (woman or man) receives;
PAPAYA-25 quality trees, high yield, popular “red lady”
MORINGA (Drumstick)-25 quality, high yield, all season trees, and
MANGO - a high quality high yield, much preferred mango tree
SNET will grow seedlings and distribute 1-2-month-old plants to farmers.
Selected farmers will receive trees, education about planting, growing and harvesting, making all organic pest deterrents, fertilizers, tonics, seed inoculants, and more.
b) Project monitoring
SNET’s farmer help support team will monitor farmers progress with the trees.
They will assist them in making organic fertilizers, organic pesticides, growth hormone boosters, and seed health inoculants. SNET has already been helping these same farmers for two to three years to return to natural farming and are experts in this area. This will be a long-term cooperative enterprise, not a “give the plants, take the photo, and never return” effort. SNET will coach the farmers in plantation thinking, cooperative farming with others, effective direct marketing for best profit, and no-cost methods of increasing plantation size.
c) Total budget: Initially we help 150 carefully selected farmers.
The all-expense project cost is $100 US per family = $15,000 US
· 1050 farmer family members will be helped, plus relatives and friends.
· Average annual income will shift from 300 USD to 1400 USD, an almost 5-fold increase.
· Family food will be much more nutritious, leading to greater health and happiness.
· Farmer families will experience improved morale, self-respect, community respect, and reduced alcoholism, depression and suicides.
· Sufficient funds will increase for families’ needs such as children’s school uniforms, education expenses, and family health costs.
· Farmers will be able to buy higher tech devices that upscale their ease and income, such as, drip irrigation systems, small cultivators, solar dryers, etc...
· Neighbors will be inspired to grow their own plantations. The idea of becoming “Plantation Rich” will develop. Later super long-life trees such as bamboo, jamun, etc. can be added (40 to 90 years production life).
· Farmers will be encouraged to save and share their seeds so that others can start plantation incomes.
· As the density of cooperative plantation masters grows, buyers will come directly to the farmers and compete for purchase.
And now back to Vaibhav:
“It is such good fortune that I have come to work with such a good NGO that is already helping my people. When villagers see the results of their neighbors’ success in growing an orchard of food-giving, money-giving quality trees, they will be supercharged to join in this wave to create better living for their own families.”
Simply planting the seeds from their quality species of papaya and mango trees and sticking a small branch of moringa in the wet ground, will give them more trees in the future. More trees equal better income. More trees mean more employment for neighbors and will result in greater prosperity for the whole village.
This is a natural way for these farmers to stand tall in self-respect. Let’s support our Nature loving, Nature living humans to get a foothold to climb into self- sufficiency, even wealth, for family health and happiness.
Vaibhav is asking for our assistance. The depth of his heart for his/our people is magnificent. “My only passion is to make my people happy and out of poverty level. Who can help me with that?”
This is an opportunity to be of great service to our collective humanity for a relatively small contribution. OUR TREE FRIENDS WILL DO MOST OF THE WORK, and enrich the soil, provide oxygen, and bring their gifts of generosity and equanimity. For about $100 US, the cost of a nice dinner for two, we can give a family, wealth-education-and self-reliance for generations.
Together we can have a wonderful time starting and fostering our Tribal People’s emergence from what Vaibhav has experienced as “miserable poverty.” How many families can we enjoy helping into happy healthy lives? We start with 150 families and watch it “snowball” from there. Please join in by contributing. Thanks for your attention and caring.
Please view SNET’s website to become acquainted with our staff and our many worthwhile projects. Www.snetseva.org
Dewa (David) Haley Project Director
Vaibhav Kalangala Project Coordinator
Shri Nityanand Education Trust, Farmer Education Team