Hutgar, a village near Sirsi, had a poor drainage system. Gulshan addressed the problem by contacting the government and demanded a solution. Initially, the public was not supportive and even criticized her efforts. Gulshan, however, did not give up. Instead, she took initiative and approached every villager and Gram Panchayat member herself. As a result of her perseverance, the local Panchayat finally agreed to fund the construction of a drainage facility for Hutgar. Gulshan’s project, costing Rs. 1,40,000, was completed in just one month. Over 300 villagers now make use of the drainage facility. Gulshan’s accomplishments have also extended beyond her project and Hutgar, as her work has inspired two other students to join the LEAD program.
In the village of Shedbalin, Belgaum, farmers used any extra money they had to pay laborers to help them peel and clean the carrots that they harvested. After six months of designing, Santosh invented a machine to help with this process. With the machine, carrot preparation only requires the help of one or two people and requires a limited use of electricity and no water. Moreover, Santosh’s machine allows 100 kg of carrots to be harvested, cleaned, and peeled in only 15 minutes. Eight farmers now use this machine and have spared the costs of employing six laborers.
Anuradha Bandari (Govt First Grade College, Sirsi)
The village of Sidhapur, in Jamkhandi, possessed no proper bus facilities. Because of this, school buses did not stop at the village, and students would be forced to walk 9 to 10 kms per day. Many students were missing their first two classes, and some students were not attending their classes at all. Shreedevi brought this issue to the attention of her college principal and the local authorities. One month later, permission was granted to allocate a bus stop in Sidhapur. 250 students now regularly attend their classes.