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A photo of 22-year old Rajesh hangs on the wall of his family home in the village of Kharihaniya. For many of Kharihaniya's men, a lack of employment oportunity at home, forces them to seek work in far-away cities. Rajesh works as a casual labourer in Mumbai.

Ostracized, largely illiterate, ignored by an indifferent administration, without land adequate to support their families' needs, the Dalit residents of Kharihaniya village regularly suffer from hunger. The land around the village floods every monsoon season, destroying crops and forcing resident to vacate their homes and move to higher land. Without local opportunities for work, many of Kharihaniya's men have migrated, undertaking menial jobs in far off cities including Mumbai and Chennai. Only about 25% of those living in Kharihaniya village receive subsidized food as part of the PDS (Public Distribution System) even thought the circumstances of most would entitle them to such assistance. Intervention by Oxfam partners (Grameen Development Services) led to the establishing of a local SHG (Self Help Group) three years ago. The SHG allows women to save and borrow and invest in their farms while offering an opportunity to discuss problems and share ideas.

Photo: Tom Pietrasik
Kharihaniya, Marajganj District, Uttar Pradesh. India
February 27th 2011
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A photo of 22-year old Rajesh hangs on the wall of his family home in the village of Kharihaniya. For many of Kharihaniya's men, a lack of employment oportunity at home, forces them to seek work in far-away cities. Rajesh works as a casual labourer in Mumbai. <br />
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Ostracized, largely illiterate, ignored by an indifferent administration, without land adequate to support their families' needs, the Dalit residents of Kharihaniya village regularly suffer from hunger. The land around the village floods every monsoon season, destroying crops and forcing resident to vacate their homes and move to higher land. Without local opportunities for work, many of Kharihaniya's men have migrated, undertaking menial jobs in far off cities including Mumbai and Chennai. Only about 25% of those living in Kharihaniya village receive subsidized food as part of the PDS (Public Distribution System) even thought the circumstances of most would entitle them to such assistance. Intervention by Oxfam partners (Grameen Development Services) led to the establishing of a local SHG (Self Help Group) three years ago. The SHG allows women to save and borrow and invest in their farms while offering an opportunity to discuss problems and share ideas. <br />
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Photo: Tom Pietrasik<br />
Kharihaniya, Marajganj District, Uttar Pradesh. India<br />
February 27th 2011