Laxmi's husband was working in the Middle East, sending some money every month to support the family.
"I was living with my in-laws together with my four children. I had no decision-making power in the family. Every month, my husband sent USD 110 to my father-in-law. Most of the money went to pay for the education of my children."
"When the project first came to our village development committee, the project officers approached me because they knew about me through my social work. When they told me about the project, I was really interested because I thought I could get some technical knowledge and skills in agriculture and maybe find a way to make a living from it. After discussing the issue with my husband on the telephone, I decided to join the project."
"I communicated with the project staff and then helped them organize a group meeting in my village development committee. As the project focuses on aquaculture, all the members were supposed to have a pond so I started cleaning up the old pond that was never used. My children helped me. I prepared the dike according to project specifications and planted vegetables", recalled Laxmi.
With this Laxmi started culturing fish and growing vegetables and people started to take notice. "They began to realize that I had the technical knowledge and skills to do aquaculture and dike cropping. This made me feel confident and happy."
From an overgrown pond sitting idle, Laxmi with the right knowledge and support was able to take control over her and her family's life. She is now an example to others in her community with the village development committee appointing her a trainer on fisheries.