Chinta Devi cares for her 52-year-old husband, Mahendra Prasad, who has a mental health condition and epilepsy. The couple live with two of their daughters and their youngest son.
Chinta is an active member of Swagath Carers group which is based in Ham Nari village. She meets with other carers once a month and is part of a group savings scheme from which group members borrow, with additional support from NBJK, to take up livelihood activities.
Since becoming part of the carers project in Jharkhand, which is being implemented by our partner NBJK, Chinta’s husband has been accessing treatment and medicines for his condition through NBJK’s mental health camps. This regular access to treatment and medicine has improved Mahendra’s condition which in turn has made Chinta’s caring role less demanding.
Chinta accessed a loan from her carers group and with NBJK support set up her own local shop from which she sells snacks that generates an income for her and her family.
She said – “Before the support from the carers project my life was stressful and difficult. Now that my husband is accessing treatment and I have set up my shop, I am a lot happier and my family life is better.”
During these difficult times we are thinking about Chinta and her family, her community, and everyone at NBJK. To find out more about the partner organisation who has supported them, NBJK, take a look at their website.