After our wedding Kisan often struggled to find work locally and so he travelled to India to earn enough money for us to survive. I would be left alone at home because we lived separately from our families. Life was very hard, I felt lonely and had very little money, sometimes I couldn’t afford to buy food and if I got sick I struggled to buy the medicine I needed.
One day some people from Bersewa Church of Mahendranagar (who had received Integral Mission training from Sagoal) came to our village and told our community that they were interested in providing some piglets to the five poorest families. They asked us to suggest who these five families should be. I was invited to be a part of the committee to help decide, as a group we chose 5 woman headed households, as without husbands these families had no one to provide them with any income, making life even more of a struggle than it was for others, including myself.
The women raised the piglets and started to earn an income for themselves by selling the pigs. Bersewa Church asked that when the piglets started producing young that each family would pass a piglet onto another family in the village. A year later I also received a piglet.
7 months later my pig gave birth to 13 piglets. I passed one onto another family. After 4 months I sold 10 of them and earned 50,000 rupees (£315). After covering all my costs of rearing the pigs I was able to spend the rest of the money to build a roof for my small hut.