We empower women in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan through innovative farming methods

OneProsper empowers women in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, India to grow vegetables by providing innovative drip irrigation kits, rainwater harvesting tanks and by fostering financial inclusion.

Impact:
Increases education for girls by freeing them from water collection
Increased family nutrition
Provides women with sustainable livelihoods

Groundwater is rapidly declining
due to climate change

suffer from wasting

suffer from severe acute malnutrition

walk to collect water

Meet Our Beneficiaries

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Basanti

2.
Dhai

1.
Guddi

“I am now able to send my daughter to school”

Basanti lives in Hopardi village of Phalodi block, Jodhpur, Rajasthan which is an underprivileged community. OneProsper provided Basanti with rainwater harvesting tank, drip irrigation kit, fencing, water pump, vegetable seeds, organic fertilizer and pesticide along with training. As a result, her family is consuming more vegetables and she earned a profit of Rs. 1,825 ($27) from the sales of her surplus from her first crop cycle. She plans to harvest crops with drip irrigation three times per year.

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How It Works

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Women beneficiaries receive drip irrigation kit + rainwater harvesting tank

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Grow vegetables

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Increase family nutrition and sell surplus for Income

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Repay a portion of the cost into a revolving microfinance fund

The
innovation

Drip irrigation enables women in the Thar Desert to grow vegetables with less water.
Dr. Daniel Hillel received the World Food Prize for pioneering drip irrigation.

Cost Breakdown

Equipment

Two (2) Rainwater Harvesting Tanks (21,000 L): $900

Drip Irrigation Kit to irrigate 0.60 acre vegetable plot: $500

Water Pump: $90

Materials

Fencing: $200

Water for crops, Fertilizer & Seeds: $70

Training

Training: $50

Installation, Reporting, Field Support: $60

Travel & Administration: $30

Total $1,900 per household

As of March 2016, OneProsper has empowered 100 women in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan to grow vegetables with drip irrigation

How Can I Help?

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Select a beneficiary

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Fund a drip irrigation system for your beneficiary

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See your impact

What happens when a beneficiary is funded?

Note: The timeline for providing beneficiaries with drip irrigation depends on the time of year. The months of May and June are not suitable for cultivation because of high temperatures. The months of July-August are the rainy season.

We ensure you are updated on her progress.

Project Timeline

0-2 months
  • Funds sent to Field Partner
  • Selection of beneficiaries
2-3 months
  • Taanka construction
  • Installation of drip kits
3-4 months
  • Training
  • Sowing crops
4-5 months
  • Harvest
5-6 months
  • Report sent to donors

Empower women with innovation

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Gero Devi
Thar Desert, Rajasthan
$10 / $1900
Gero Devi, age 45, is a small farmer in the Thar Desert living with her husband and children: Jagdish (son, 25), Manoj (son, 23) and Kailash (son, 18). Gero Devi grows millet, sorghum and pulses during the rainy season. She is not able to grow crops during the dry season due to lack of water. THE INNOVATION A drip irrigation kit will enable Gero Devi to use her scarce water resource more efficiently and to grow a second crop during the dry season. Gero Devi will plant saplings of desert plum, lemon, pomegranate and garden vegetables.
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Geeta Devi
Thar Desert, Rajasthan
$125 / $1900
Geeta Devi, age 51, lives with her husband and children: Sunil (son, age 25), Naini (daughter in law, age 24), Arvind (grandson, age 5), Om Prakash (son, age 23), Indra Devi (daughter in law, age 22), Vishnu (grandson, infant). She supports her family on an annual income of about $665.00 from her crops. Geeta Devi grows millet, sorghum and pulses during the rainy season. She cannot grow crops during the dry season because of the scarcity of of water. THE INNOVATION A drip irrigation kit will enable Geeta Devi to grow crops during the dry season. She will plant saplings of lemon, pomegranate and garden vegetables. Geeta Devi intends to use her additional income to feed her family more nutritious food and for the education of her grandchildren.
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Koyali Devi
Thar Desert, Rajasthan
$25 / $1900
Koyali Devi, age 55, lives with her husband and children: Dinesh (son, age 25), Seema (daughter in law, age 24) and Rakesh (son, 15). Koyali Devi grows millet, sorghum and pulses during the rainy season. She is unable to grow crops during the dry season due to lack of water. Koyali Devi's income is less than $3 per day. THE INNOVATION A drip irrigation kit will enable Koyali Devi to grow crops for the first time during the dry season. She intends to plant plant saplings of lemon and pomegranate along with garden vegetables. As a result, she will be able to significantly increase her income and feed her family more nutritious food. TRANSPARENCY 100% of your donation will go to fund a drip irrigation for the small farmer you select. You will receive a progress update on your small farmer after the drip irrigation kit is installed (within 2-3 months).

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Raju Agarwal

Founder and CEO

Raju is an avid believer in the power of innovation to create prosperity.
Raju was moved by the sight of people living in extreme poverty during a childhood visit to India. In 2010, Raju founded OneProsper International to bring innovation to the Base of the Pyramid.
Previously, Raju started an investment company focused on residential real estate. Prior to that, Raju worked in the financial industry as a technology manager with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. Before that, Raju worked with Bank of America in San Francisco where he managed the redesign of the Banc of America Securities equity research website.
Raju began his professional career as a consultant with PricwaterhouseCoopers (Coopers & Lybrand) Boston.

Nisa Andrews

Director of User Experience

Nisa Andrews is a UX/UI Designer based in San Francisco. She works FT for Razorfish and also does self-started freelancing work. She has worked with brands such as Trulia, HP Enterprise, T-Mobile, Honda, Acura, and several startups in CA.

Kabir Sehgal

Head of Marketing

Kabir is our marketing guru and comes from a diverse technological background that puts him in a great position to help drive growth of OnePropser. Kabir has worked at Google Search, Google for Work and now YouTube leading the effort for YouTube Red growth and retention. Kabir is also the founder of Brush with Bamboo, the first biodegradable toothbrush of it's kind, Fieldstudy, a career advisement and coaching service, and currently sits on the board for Pyur Solutions and Prototype Capital. You'll be able to find Kabir in the San Francisco bay area.

Viroopa Volla

Head of Growth

Viroopa is an agricultural production, food security, big data analytics, and data visualization enthusiast. She joined OneProsper in 2016 to head development, specifically focusing on strengthening the organization’s crowdfunding campaigns.
Currently a consultant at McKinsey & Company, Viroopa is a member of the agricultural service line, working in strategy and operations roles to bring insights related to farm production costs, crop selection, and micro-market analyses to companies across the agriculture value chain. Prior to joining, Viroopa’s research focused on assessing changes in market valuations of GMO producing companies and analyzing R&D budgets of leading Agrochemical businesses.
She holds an A.B. from Harvard College in Economics with a focus on Global Health & Health Policy. While at Harvard, Viroopa worked in the Industrials Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs analyzing companies’ market valuations and was the president of the Harvard U.S. – India Initiative. Additionally, Viroopa likes to Yelp!, choreograph workout videos to Bollywood songs, and watch The Walking Dead religiously.

Neha Vyas

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter President

Neha believes that innovative technologies have the power to change the world and empower lives particularly at the bottom of the pyramid markets. Having lived and travelled in multiple countries around the world she has seen how technology is helping several families get out of poverty. She wishes to help OneProsper in their crowdfunding efforts in the SF Bay area and support a cause that is close to her heart. She completed her MBA from Stanford Business School in 2014 and is currently working with Amazon on getting new consumer electronics products to market, designing supply chains and managing hardware projects from start to end of the product life-cycle. She loves meeting people, hiking, singing, and reading.

Raju Agarwal

Founder and CEO

Raju is an avid believer in the power of innovation to create prosperity.
Raju was moved by the sight of people living in extreme poverty during a childhood visit to India. In 2010, Raju founded OneProsper International to bring innovation to the Base of the Pyramid.
Previously, Raju started an investment company focused on residential real estate. Prior to that, Raju worked in the financial industry as a technology manager with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. Before that, Raju worked with Bank of America in San Francisco where he managed the redesign of the Banc of America Securities equity research website.
Raju began his professional career as a consultant with PricwaterhouseCoopers (Coopers & Lybrand) Boston.

Jyoti Bansal

Chairman of the Board

Jyoti is Founder, Executive Chairman and Chief Strategist of AppDynamics. Jyoti is a Silicon Valley leader, product visionary and entrepreneur, he founded AppDynamics in 2008 with the vision of "Application Intelligence" to help modern enterprises go through digital transformation. From its founding in 2008 to 2015, Jyoti ran the company as Founder & CEO, during which time AppDynamics rapidly became one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies with nearly 850 employees, and 1,600 enterprise customers. In September 2015, Jyoti handed over day-to-day operations and now leads the company’s vision, strategy and innovation.

Jyoti has been a recipient of many leadership awards. In 2013, he was selected by Forbes as a "Best Cloud Computing CEO to Work For." In 2014, he was named "Best CEO" by San Francisco Business Times at the Annual Tech & Innovation Awards, and was awarded Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year™ for Northern California in 2016. Jyoti was consistently ranked as one of highest rated CEOs on Glassdoor with an employee approval rating of 98% in 2015.

Before founding AppDynamics in 2008, Jyoti held engineering roles at various Silicon Valley startups, including Wily Technology (acquired by CA Technologies), Datasweep (acquired by Rockwell Automation), and netLens (acquired by Microsoft through FAST/NextPage). Jyoti received his BS in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and is the lead inventor on 20+ US patents.

Elizabeth Burstein

Elizabeth Burstein is a Principal Investor at Wildcat Venture Partners, where she focuses on investments in health tech, marketplaces, and e-commerce. Prior to joining the venture capital industry, Liz spent four years as Product Manager at LinkedIn. She shipped core products such as Recruiter Mobile, the desktop homepage, and the messaging product. During her time at LinkedIn, Liz also served on the LinkedIn for Good team, which sparked her interest in nonprofits seeking to end global hunger and promote women's empowerment. She holds dual Stanford degrees in Computer Science and Philosophy, and completed the honors program in Ethics in Society. 

Shailendra Gupta

Shailendra Gupta was most recently Chief Strategy and Development Officer at Huddle, a venture backed SaaS company based in San Francisco. Prior to Huddle, Shailendra was SVP of Strategy at ServiceSource where he successfully led the company’s transition from Services to Software. He previously spent 9 years at Cisco in various strategy & market development roles and was at the forefront of company’s shift in focus towards software and cloud. Shailendra also worked as a software engineer for 5 years at Siemens, and holds an MBA from Wharton as well as a PhD in Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Mahncy Mehrotra

Mahncy Mehrotra is a Product Manager at Adobe Systems, where she works on building out services for the Creative Cloud. Previously, Mahncy worked in management consulting as a Senior Associate at PwC and PRTM, where she focused on helping tech companies drive improvements within their manufacturing and operations divisions. Mahncy received her B.S. in Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University, and a few years later, completed her MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Throughout her years at Stanford and at Adobe, Mahncy has pursued her passion for women’s education by volunteering her time with non-profits dedicated to providing women and underprivileged youth equal access to education.

Arezoo Riahi

Arezoo Riahi is a leader in international mentorship, exchange, and scholarship programming, having led international program activities  for nearly eight years at the Institute of International Education (IIE). Currently, Arezoo serves as Director of Techwomen, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State implemented by IIE, which bring together emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from across the globe with their counterparts in the Bay Area. Arezoo’s work emphasizes women’s leadership and harnesses the power of technology to promote social empowerment and positive change, particularly in the developing world. She studied international affairs at The George Washington University and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy.

Raju Agarwal

Founder and CEO

Raju is an avid believer in the power of innovation to create prosperity.
Raju was moved by the sight of people living in extreme poverty during a childhood visit to India. In 2010, Raju founded OneProsper International to bring innovation to the Base of the Pyramid.
Previously, Raju started an investment company focused on residential real estate. Prior to that, Raju worked in the financial industry as a technology manager with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. Before that, Raju worked with Bank of America in San Francisco where he managed the redesign of the Banc of America Securities equity research website.
Raju began his professional career as a consultant with PricwaterhouseCoopers (Coopers & Lybrand) Boston.

Arti Sharma

Arti is President & CEO of The Northern Trust Company Canada and serves as a member of the Corporation’s Canadian Management Committee and Canadian Board. Northern Trust is a leading provider of asset servicing, investment management, banking and related services to institutional clients worldwide including but not limited to: sovereign wealth funds; corporate and public pension funds; investment management firms; insurance companies; foundations; endowments; healthcare organizations; financial institutions; and, other supranational organizations.
Prior to joining Northern, she was a Principal within the Mercer Sentinel ® Group and head of the Custody practice, Americas.
Arti has over eight years of custodial consulting experience and over 20 years of experience primarily in the custody industry. She has been the lead consultant on custodian searches, benchmarking custodians, reviewing client’s current operating model and recommending future operating models.
Prior to joining Mercer, Arti was SVP, Thomas Murray North America, of a specialist custody consulting group. Her primary responsibilities included Consulting, Business Development and Relationship Management to institutional investors helping them understand non-market risks, improve operational efficiency and cost management.
Prior to that she was with CIBC and CIBC Mellon for 18 years, where she held various roles within the custody business including Product Management, Relationship Management and Business Development. She was also part of the Executive team at CIBC that was involved in the creation of the CIBC Mellon joint venture.
Prior to CIBC Mellon, she was Assistant Treasurer at Engelhard Corporation in the UK where she was responsible for cash management, foreign exchange and integration of the Treasury Dept’s within the European region.

Vilok Kusumakar

Vilok Kusumakar is Director at BlackBerry. Vilok has 23 years’ experience in various fields of Software product development and 15 years in Management. Vilok started his career in 1990 at Bell-Northern Research. Over a 18 year period at Bell-Northern Research and Nortel Networks, Vilok helped develop world leading successful Switching, Optical, and Wireless products. He held many Software R&D leadership positions and demonstrated operational excellence delivering superior results. Vilok has proven track record of building successful high performance teams and delivering best quality products to markets.
Vilok is a Board Member of OneProsper International and is passionate about philanthropic efforts which make significant impact to how we live in the world.
Vilok holds an undergraduate Computer Engineering degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University in India and a Masters in Computer Science from Dalhousie University (formally Technical University of Nova Scotia) in Canada.

Praveen Varshney C.A.

Mr. Varshney is a director of Varshney Capital.
He is also a member and past President of the Vancouver chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization and founding director fo the Vancouver chapter of the IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE). Mr. Varshney is a Board Member of OneProsper International and is on UBC’s Sauder School of Business Faculty Advisory Board, a former Director of the Vancouver Board of Trade and a past recipient of Business in Vancouver’s 40 Under 40 Awards. He is also a director fo the Varshney Family Charitable Foudnation, SVP Vancouver Partner and on the Advisory Board of Room to Read Vancouver.

Diana Barone

Founder and Executive Director

Diana Rosa Barone is the Co-founder of Hansja, an ecommerce startup focusing on sustainable products, and serves as Advisor for startups/NGOs in the Bay Area and Canada. Before taking the entrepreneurial path, Diana was the Head of Operations for eBay Classifieds, and was responsible for the launch of one of eBay's fastest growing categories, Gold. She subsequently spearheaded the expansion of eBay Gold in Germany.
Diana has previously held strategy and management roles in the private and public sectors, including Visa Inc. (Global Affluent strategy, Visa Luxury Hotel Collection), Eli Lilly (Humalog brand strategy program for Emerging Markets), VMWare, Explora, and Argentina's Securities and Exchange Commission.
Because of her active engagement, she has been honored with awards and scholarships from the Aspen Society, the Chicago GES, and jury-nominated Amartya Sen Award for social impact.
Diana is a Magna Cum Laude economist from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a degree in Strategic Marketing Management from Harvard University.

Nikhil Goel

Nikhil Goel is a Product Manager at Uber on the Ride Experience Team - he helps lead mobile & backend engineering and design teams for the consumer mobile application with millions of users globally. Previously, he was a Product Manager on the International Growth team where he focused on leading driver-facing efforts across India and emerging markets - his team was responsible for launching Uber Dost, an Android app for affiliates to make money by sourcing driver-partners.
Prior to Uber, Nikhil served as a management consultant in McKinsey's Silicon Valley Office where he advised TMT clients on growth strategy, M&A, digital distribution, and new product entry. Clients included a Hollywood film studio, a distressed payments OEM, a F500 tech company's Retail division, UK-based BLE beacon manufacturer, a global hotel chain, a primary US cable company, a major US airline, and a global data storage company's Asia business. Nikhil also holds product management and engineering experience at Google (YouTube), Microsoft (Office and Xbox), and NASA. Additionally, Nikhil has founded two startups: Chachii.com, a Mumbai-based marketplace for users to contract short-term laborers; and Bitcast.io, a marketplace for video-based educational content. Nikhil is an Advisory Board Member of OneProsper International and is passionate about leveraging technology, software, and microfinance at scale in India and emerging markets globally. Nikhil holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering and Economics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He grew up in Huntsville, Alabama.  

Lauren Weston

Lauren Weston is a development professional with a breadth of experience in leadership development, educational program design, financial management, board development, marketing and communications. She is a graduate of UC Davis with a Bachelor's in International Relations and New York University with a Master's in Fundraising. Lauren has performed in a variety of development roles with notable Bay Area nonprofit institutions, including the Hiller Aviation Museum, Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the YMCA. She has also provided project management for Sacramento area political campaigns, including school bonds and county Supervisor races. She is on the board of Mousesquad California.

Stuart Crabb

Stuart Crabb is the founding partner of Oxegen Consulting LLC, a management consulting company based in the Silicon Valley, focused on helping emerging organizations and late stage start ups build positive, resilient cultures that promote high employe engagement as they scale in size. Prior to this, Stu was the Global Head of Learning at Facebook, and before that, Global Head of Talent Development at Yahoo!.  During his time at Facebook, Stu was the chief architect of Facebook's now famous strengths-based performance management culture, their groundbreaking approach to acculturating new employees into the organization, and their approach to manager effectiveness - all critical elements that drive high performance. Originally from the UK, and a lawyer by Education, Stu now lives in Palo Alto, California, with his husband Brian and their three teenage daughters. A self-professed culture nerd and a strong supporter of applying the principles of positive psychology in the workplace,  he has worked with countless leaders and executives to help them build stronger, positive and resilient workplaces.

Kabir Sehgal

Kabir is our marketing guru and comes from a diverse technological background that puts him in a great position to help drive growth of OnePropser. Kabir has worked at Google Search, Google for Work and now YouTube leading the effort for YouTube Red growth and retention. Kabir is also the founder of Brush with Bamboo, the first biodegradable toothbrush of it's kind, Fieldstudy, a career advisement and coaching service, and currently sits on the board for Pyur Solutions and Prototype Capital. You'll be able to find Kabir in the San Francisco bay area.

Shveta Miglani

Shveta Miglani is the Head of Corporate Learning and Development at SanDisk. She is responsible for company wide programs like diversity and Inclusion training, performance management, global engagement survey as well as leadership development and employee development programs. She also manages global online and elearning programs that have an outreach to more than 8,000 employees at SanDisk. Her experience includes working with teams like Sales, Marketing, Engineering, IT and legal. She reports to the Senior Vice President of HR and supports executive level development programs, mentoring and coaching efforts. Based on her broad experience with different business units and support teams, she has been part of various leadership panels and has mentored professionals at various stages in their careers. 

Shveta is the Co-Chair of the Corporate Women's Initiative Consortium (CWIC) in the bay area to lead, discuss and share insights from silicon valley women's network groups.

Miglani earned her M.S. in Instructional Technology and is currently working on her Ph. D in Organizational Behavior and Leadership Development. 

Neha Vyas

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FAQ

Where We Work

Why the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, India?

The Thar Desert is facing the extreme effects of climate change. Groundwater is rapidly declining resulting in lower crop yields. Malnutrition and vitamin deficiency are increasing. In Rajasthan, 20.4% of children under 5 suffer from wasting and 7.3% suffer from severe acute malnutrition.

How many beneficiaries in the Thar Desert has OneProsper supported?

100 beneficiaries have been provided with drip irrigation kits in the Thar Desert as of March 2016.
In 2013-14, OneProsper provided drip irrigation kits to 80 women small farmers. Beneficiaries setup kitchen gardens of plot size 50’ x 70’. As a result, beneficiaries have increased their family nutrition.
In 2015-16, OneProsper provided drip irrigation kits and rainwater harvesting tanks to 20 additional women small farmers of plot size 0.60 acres. As a result, beneficiaries have increased their family nutrition and incomes by selling their surplus.

The Cost

What is the cost of supporting one beneficiary?

The cost per beneficiary has increased since we launched our pilot project in the Thar Desert. The reason for the cost increase is that we have increased the area under drip irrigation from 50’ x 70’ to 0.60 acres and we are now providing agri-inputs and two (2) rainwater harvesting tanks to beneficiaries. The current cost (effective April 2016) is $1,900 per beneficiary.

What is included?

The beneficiary receives the following:
Two (2) rainwater harvesting tanks (21,000 L)
Drip irrigation kit of plot size 0.60 acres
Water pump
Fencing
Agri-inputs
Training & Field Support
Reporting

Challenges to Adoption of Drip Irrigation

What are the challenges to the adoption of drip irrigation by small farmers in Rajasthan?

The challenges are:
Awareness
Affordability
Risk Aversion

How does OneProsper address these challenges?

OneProsper works with a local field partner (GRAVIS) that has established trust among the people of the Thar Desert.Our field partner’s staff meet with the village committee to explain the benefits of drip and to obtain their consent. The Field Partner consults with the village committee to select beneficiaries based on need. Field Partners educate beneficiaries on the benefits of drip, obtain their consent, procure and install the drip irrigation kits on beneficiaries’ plots, provide beneficiaries with training and agri-inputs as well as ongoing field support for 12 months.

About OneProsper

Is OneProsper a non-profit?

Yes, OneProsper is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and Canadian registered charity.

Donation

Will I get a receipt for income tax purposes?

Yes

Does 100% of my donation go to fund drip irrigation projects?

Yes, 100% of funds raised through our website go to fund drip irrigation projects after credit card processing fees.OneProsper is currently a voluntary staffed organization and relies on the support of other donors to fund administration expenses.

If I make a donation to a specific beneficiary, will the funds go to the beneficiary that I select?

In most cases, OneProsper provides the selected beneficiary with drip irrigation and rainwater harvesting. In some cases, for reasons outside of our control, it is not possible to support a selected beneficiary. For example, one of our beneficiaries had to travel to a major city to admit his infant son to a hospital. More typically, beneficiaries leave their village in search of employment or to visit relatives in another village.
In such cases, we will support another beneficiary in the same village.