“I am Salamma from Parvathadevarapalli village in Mamillapalli area. When I came to this village as a daughter in -law, my husband and my father in-law were working in farmers’ houses as contract labour. With the savings from his wages my father in-law bought some land. Of course, it was a dry land. There were bushes and boulders in it. We did not have good rains and we never cultivated it. Therefore, all the family members including me continued as wage labourers.
Meanwhile, I became a member of RDT’s women sangham. I also became a group leader. I had the opportunity to avail a loan from the women’s development fund and bought milche animals. I sold milk. With that money, I bought 5 acres of irrigated land. I continued to sell milk and got some more income. With that, I cleared our dry land of boulders and bushes and made it cultivable. Now we have 270 mango plants in half of the wet land and are growing tomatoes in the other half. We are also growing millets in the dry land. With these initiatives, I became the leading farmer in my family ahead of my husband and father in-law. I am proud of that. Of course, my husband helps me in spraying pesticides, riding the bullock cart and transporting the crops. I have 3 daughter and 2 sons. The daughters are married and sons are still studying. It gives me immense pleasure to have become a farmer in the same village where I was once a labourer.”