Sustainable Livelihood for the Tribal Women at Alibaug, Maharashtra
Katkari is one of the primitive tribes in Maharashtra, which is socially and economically excluded. Daily wages is the main source of income. Shrigan Village is situated on the Mumbai Alibaug highway, every year many tourist from Mumbai and Pune have routine to visit Alibaug specially in summer holidays. SOS India FSP team suggested tribal women in the area that there is a business opportunity involving tourists. SOS India motivated tribal women and guided through training. Ten of the families, supported under FSP, started small fruits vending and vegetables vending activity/business nearby road side.
Manjula Santosh Naik is from one of those ten families in the same village. She is living with her husband and three children. She is 34 years old and educated up to class 7th, earlier she was engaged in daily wages work with her husband. Wages were very low and uncertain; she faced challenges to fulfil their family needs. Now for four years she is doing seasonal fruit vending stall near highway, from January to June all six months she sells watermelon, papaya, mango, etc. She has been purchasing all fruits from Vasi wholesale market near Mumbai. Even during this Covid-19 pandemic & lockdown duration she had purchased 8 tons of watermelon & earned a good profit.