A Testament To Freedom – Laxmi’s story

With an unsupportive husband and deep in poverty, Laxmi needed a break-through. When she came to us, we encouraged her to be a part of our local self-help group (SHG) in Borivali but she did not have the initial amount needed to join the group.

A determined heart will always accomplish what is necessary, and that is exactly what Laxmi did. We helped her start a small-scale business of making belt buckles at home, with which she earns INR 5000 every month. Since then, Laxmi has proactively taken part in all our sessions and activities. She has been a regular attendee of the health awareness and life skill sessions, learning about balanced diets, safe food handling, methods of cooking etc. She also helped to organise mass awareness rallies every year.

Laxmi not only changed her family’s circumstance, but she played a vital role in transforming the community. Laxmi took up the initiative along with a human rights group to approach the Municipal Corporation office to improve the drinking water facility in her neighbourhood. She has become a local hero for taking up the cause. Laxmi’s son has now taken after her, by helping the children in his locality with their studies.

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Dear friends and patrons,As 2022 draws to a close, I would like for us to look back at a year that heralded in new directions for Oasis India: year one of the 5-year strategic plan of new partnerships, a year of social enterprise, and organisational sustainability.While it was certainly challenging in many ways, it also showed how strong our commitment to the vision and mission are as an organisation – be it as board members, supporters, members of senior management, the national leadership team, or project staff.We can take pride in the fact that we resumed the annual Mukthi Bike Challenge this year, launched Oasis India’s 5-year strategic plan for 2022–2027, and started a new integrated community empowerment project in Assam—Oasis Academy Guwahati and Football for Life (FFL). We also initiated potential partnership discussions with PCI-Mizoram for anti-human trafficking and Thrive for Good under food security, etc. These great achievements lays the foundation for our work in the upcoming new year.There were notable life-changing stories of beneficiaries in each of Oasis India’s hubs and the many other challenges we overcame as a team. Successes achieved in a time when we were forced to adapt to very adverse circumstances So, I want to thank all our staff for the hard work and commitment they have shown over the past year. Our combined strength is what makes us flourish as an organisation.Thank you, our supporters, for walking this journey of growth and development hand in hand with us. As you celebrate Christmas with friends and family, I hope you will look back on the year with the same sense of accomplishment and joy that we all feel at Oasis India.I wish you and your family a happy Christmas season and a prosperous 2023! Best regards,Mangneo LhungdimExecutive Director,Oasis India