We partner with over 100 women in poor villages near Kachhwa in Uttar Pradesh state, India. We treat their dairy cattle for parasites, so they produce more milk. More milk means more nutrition for children and independent income for women. Get to know them. Become a Mere Saathi Village Partner.
Arshima is Brave and Kind
Arshima Debi lives in Baraini with her husband and two children, Amit and Shritha.
Arshima lives in the village surrounded by her extended family - 11 households that together keep 10 buffalo, 9 cows, and 18 goats. Arshima helps her relatives by caring for all these animals. The animals know her and trust her.
We saw this for ourselves. Many of the families' buffalo and cows were afraid of us strangers, and we could not approach to measure their girth and apply the parasite treatment. But they trusted Arshima to do all this.
Arshima stepped up and took charge. We taught her how to use the tape to measure the animal, estimate its weight, and determine the proper dose. She learned quickly. With her children watching, she used the applicator to douse six buffalo and four cows with parasite treatment. Purging parasites can double her family's milk production within three years.
The animals knew her and trusted her. Because she cares for them several times a day, they were at ease and comfortable with her.