Dropati’s life began to change when she joined a women’s self-help group run by Good Shepherd. One of the first group activities that Dropati took part in was training in fish farming and small business management.
Dropati and her husband feed the fish at the family pond
There is a large pond on Dropati’s land that had always been used to water crops and vegetables and had occasionally yielded a fish that Dropati would cook for dinner. Dropati quickly learnt that her pond could support over 100 kg of fish stock. Good Shepherd helped her access 10kg of high quality fertilised fish eggs of several species and fish feed.
The local fishery officer advised Dropati on when and how to look after her fish. In her first season, Dropati harvested 50 kg of fish and earnt $80 Euros. Next year, she expects to double her fish production and income.
Using some of her profit from the fish farm, Dropati bought additional seed to cultivate vegetables for sale at the local market. She now earns between $9 and $11 Euros on market day each week.
“To construct a new house was a dream for my entire family,” says Dropati.
A higher income is not the only benefit of Dropati’s newfound entrepreneurial spirit.
“Day by day, I realize that I have been developing confidence,” she continues. “My friends too tell me that I have improved my communication skills.”
Because of her increased income, Dropati was successful in applying for government support to build a new home.