Glorious victory of Thanima JLG Updated On 2017-11-11

Name of JLG : Thanima

Total No. of Members : 5

Name of members : Reena Thomas, Sheeja Glady, Selin George, Molly Thomas, Merry Thomas

Block : Perambra

Panchayath : Chakkittappara

Total area of cultivation: 6 acres (JLG)

Life has dramatically changed for the members of Thanima JLG in a span of seven years from 2010. They are the resident of the Chakkittapara Panchayath, which covers the north east hilly tracts of the Kozhikode district. This group is practicing organic farming in an area of 6 acres in which they mainly cover nendran banana in 3.5 acres and tapioca in 2.5 acres. They are practicing mixed farming in both these fields with various vegetables like cowpea, bhindi, brinjal, chilli, tomato, tubers like amorphophallus, yam and spices like ginger and turmeric. They maintain a well established homestead farming in their house which make sure food and nutritional security. In addition to this, they are cultivating cocoa individually in an area of 10 acres and started a processing unit with cocoa drier.

The secret of their spectacular success is through the adoption of integrated farming system approach which includes poultry, goat farming, apiculture, composting, dairy farming etc. The production of value added products planned keeping in view of the market demand. They produce chips, squash, jam, honey etc

Support from Kudumbashree:

This group started farming with availing a loan amount of rupees 40,000/- from NHG in 2010 and now they are earning an annual income of rupees 6 lakhs. They are availing area incentive and interest subsidy from Kudumbashree District mission which helps them to improve the farming activities as per the demand. They sell their products in Kudumbashree weekly markets.

Awards received:

  • Kudumbashree Best JLG award in 2017
  • Chakkittappara Grama Panchayath Best JLG Award 2015
Best Farmer Updated On 2017-11-10

Name: Manju Mathew

District :Idukki

Block: Nedumkandam

JLG: Priyanka

Total Members: 4

Started cultivation in: 2000

Total cultivation area of Priyanka JLG: 3 acre

Farming and allied farming details

Mrs. Manju Mathew, who has been an organic farmer for close to 17 years, has 1 acres of yard long bean farm, 85 cents of banana, 50 cents of chilli & brinjal, 50 cents of tapioca 15 cents of gingerfarms, among others. More than that she has 10 cents rain shelter farming, bio fertilizer production unit, virgin coconut oil production unit, agriculture nursery unit named Harithashree.

Support from Kudumbashree

Received Rs.35,000/- revolving fund for the agriculture nursery to start in, Rs.1,00,000/- for farming as a JLG member and presently working as a president of JEVA team, Idukki, on behalf of which getting&providing trainings and taking classes for farmers. Shesellher agriculture products through Kudumbashree weekly markets.

Kudumbashree helped herto enhance the opportunities for her empowerment by improve the skills and capabilities to support farm based activities. Now she has sustainable earning from agriculture nursery.

Honours and awards received

  • Kerala Govt. state level young farmer award for women in 2015 for her comprehensive farming practices.
  • Kudumbashree best master farmer award
  • District ATMA award
  • Kudumbashree best JLG award
Best Farmer Updated On 2017-11-09

Name: Rekha Laiju

District : Alappuzha

Block: Kanjikuzhi

JLG: Hariyali

Total Members: 5

Started cultivation in : 2000

Total cultivation area of Hariyali : 1ac

As a JLG member of Kudumbasree, Rekha Laiju began to cultivate since 2000. She is an upcoming successful women entrepreneur, a good motivator and also an innovator. Her family consist of 5 well supportive members. She was inspired in farming since her childhood by her parents.

Kanjikuzhi in Alappuzha district is best known for its vegetable farming. Since Rekha Laiju is basically from a farming background she already have a passion in agriculture. She is cultivating in 50 cents in which she farms ginger ( 10 cent), vegetables (25 cents) and banana (15 cents).


"Conditions are ripe for triumph. We will win. And we will wield great power here".

Through great determination , family support and efficient use of profit from selling vegetables they constructed a vegatable compost for their own garden.

They also formed a ME vegetable cluster unit for processing vegetables and producted pickles and jams.

Hariyali also maintains a good linkage with krishi bhavan and they also sell their products via Krishi Bhavan.

Moreover they sell their products in Kudumbasree weekly markets.

Achievements from Kudumbashree

Through her passion she is earning a stable income in which she is proud of her goal.

Her self satisfaction and self esteem has increased.

A women from village became more self confident in every field that she wants.

Story of BIndu Updated On 2017-11-08

Name: BIndu. M. Binu

Chaithanya JLG , Ward 7, Malayalapuzha CDS

I have been part of NHG network, through my NHG Kripa since 2002, in the earlier time, I used to be a passive participant of the NHG group and most of the activity were involved around thrift activity. Even though I belong to a farming family, I had never undertaken agriculture activity on my own. Most of the time, I used to assist my father in tapioca farming and other family farming. However during year 2012, when I heard about JLG and lease land farming, I was interested in undertaking farming on my own group. I discussed this idea in my NHG groups and with no hesitation four other supported my idea and together we registered our self as Chaithanaya JLG. In the initial year finding the appropriate land for cultivation was as issues. Most of the land that were available were kept fallow for large period and hence the land development was seen as big challenges. However we resisted this challenges and were determined to convert a fallow land and start vegetable cultivation. In the first year, the profit were not much as most of the cost were provided for land development. Also the lack of appropriate skill and knowledge often lead inefficient crop management. However over the years we gained fruitful experience and the able training support of Kudumbashree ensured that we are able to undertake the farming activity in most optimum manner

During the last season we as group was able to cultivate in more than 6 acres of land leased from different owners. Unlike the earlier years now we undertake multiple cropping with banana and vegetable being the major crops. As per the recommendation of the master farmers, we had planned out banana cultivation as per the demands of the Onam season. According during the Onam season of 2017, we were able to sell more than 14000 Kg of banana which helped us to get a net return of more than 7 lakh rupees, after repaying for the bank loan and other expense, each of us could carry more than Rs 80,000 as Onam return. Apart from the banana cultivation the regular yields from the vegetable cropping undertaken by our group provides for a steady income throughout the two cropping seasons

Drawing inspiration from our activity, presently there are more than 72 JLG in our CDS.