SEDS facilitating a pump installation.
Mallapalli is an average size village in Gorentla Mandal. The population is about 3000 and there are 600 families. It came to the notice of the SEDS staff that there was a problem with the drinking water supply. The village was deprived of drinking water because the only working hand pump could not cope with the demand of the village. People went to nearby M. Kothapalli for their water which is a one kilometer trip. The government was approached but did not come to help.
So SEDS facilitated the VO to address this problem. We gave them instructions where to apply for help and how to make their case. The work started in February 2010 and ended on the 15th of April. RDT from Anantapur was notified and they drilled a bore well, 460 feet deep, cost Rs. 30,000. The Panchyat President bought the submersible pump and the pipeline for Rs. 20000. The cost for the labour for laying the pipeline to the village and installing 6 taps and a starter for the pump was Rs. 8000. This was paid for by the Village Organisation(VO), Adima Yesoda Lakshmi. In this VO 23 SHGs are present with a total of 230 members.
After some counseling by SEDS these women were able to do the necessary work themselves. The experience they gained in this process, where to apply, who to consult, how to make their case and how to finance the project, will serve them well in the future and might even be more valuable than the water they got.
This is a case study on empowerment and will be used as an example to other Village organisations.