A Second Chance for a Dignified Life

Fifty-three-year old Satyam hails from Pedathadiwada village, in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh. He is blind from his left eye. He can see only from his right eye. When the Leprosy Mission Trust India (TLMTI) started its Community Empowerment programme in Pedathadiwada village, Satyam showed interest. During that time he did not work and depended on his wife and mother for his livelihood. A father of twelve-year-old girl, he would often borrow money from friends and relatives. When TLMTI facilitated the formation of a self-help group (SHG) in 2013, he became a member. Eventually, he was elected as the president of the 10-member SHG, which was named, Taj Mahal SHG group. Supported by TLMTI, the SHG took a loan of Rs 50,000 from the bank. Satyam received his share of Rs 5,000 and got the electricity wiring fixed in his home.

Because of TLMTI’s training on rights and entitlements, Satyam came to know about National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) for disabled people. TLMTI supported him in accessing disability job card, and now he goes for NREGS work. He is also getting disability pension of Rs 1,000 per month.

His earnings and the disability pension now give him enough to support his family. Through TLMTI, Satyam got a second chance to take care of his family responsibilities, despite his disability.