SOURCE: E-BOOK ON SUCCESS STORIES RELEASED BY THE PRIME MINISTER ON CIVIL SERVICES DAY 2017
What does a school teacher, chickens and incandescent bulbs in the West Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya, have in common? Well, Dmelticy Nongsiej who lives in Steplanglur, a tiny village in a remote part of the District, decided to augment her meagre salary from teaching as a temporary teacher by starting a poultry farm as a beneficiary of the new electrification Scheme.
The Scheme provided much-needed electricity for a controlled environment with optimum heat, essential for poultry farming. “My husband is a part time driver and both our incomes put together was not enough for even our day-to-day expenses, let alone schooling expenditure for our five children. When I came to know of this Scheme, I was at first quite skeptical because we didn’t really know when it would bring electricity to our village. But things happened so fast that it was unbelievable,” she narrated. Once electricity connection was given to the village, she came up with an idea to start a small poultry farm in her backyard. And it has, ever since, been a life changing decision for her and her family.
Considering the cold climate of Meghalaya, it is important to keep the chickens in controlled environment with optimum heat using large incandescent bulbs. In the absence of heating mechanism, the chickens would die in a matter of days in chilly and windy conditions of winter. “I started the poultry rearing business with just 150 chickens and when I sold the first batch of chickens, I earned an extra income of INR 15,000/-,” she said. And there has been no looking back for her since then. Not only has the poultry farm been a source of steady income to the family, but she herself has become a role model for women in the village, especially, women who face similar financial hardships.
Now, along with her skills as a teacher, she is also a shrewd businesswoman who can drive a hard bargain.