Hello, my dear friends. Hope you all are doing great!
My name is Jaspal, a fellow at Transforming India Initiative.
I am a 25-year-old Mechanical engineer who switched over to farming. As a first generation graduate, my family never wanted me to be a farmer. My passion for agriculture and compassion towards small & marginal farmers brought me ’back to my roots’.I was born at a small farmer's house in a village called Maur Kalan ( Punjab ). During my summer vacations, I used to accompany my father when he used to leave for his field activities. Our farm was my playground and friends were plants, birds and a pair of ox.
As was the norm, I pursued Engineering to further my educational qualification. To educate me, my father has left no stone unturned. He had to sell a portion of his agricultural land, although it was a matter of pride for him. During this phase of my life many questions like ’why the farmers are not gaining out of their hard work’, always clouded my mind.
Post my graduation, my parents wanted me to do a job, So I chose to work with farmers at the extension center of Punjab agricultural university Ludhiana http://www.kvkbathinda.com/
In the meantime, I did organic farming at our small piece of land. The motive was to inspire my father for organic agriculture. Finally, my father was very happy when for the first time in his life he had incurred zero cost for chemical and fertilizers.
Motivated from my success ( organic farming ), I was thinking how to work with farmers across the nation, I came across the term social entrepreneurship through TII. It is about developing creative solutions to the problems that society faces. It was the best moment of my life ‘this is the place I am looking for’. Although I understand my family can’t bear the fellowship fees of Rs 8.14790 lakhs, my strong belief towards, ‘where there is a will there's a way’ brought me here.
My dream is to see farmers doing smart agriculture without chemicals and get the return that they deserve for their hard work. I am waiting for those days when I will be able to work with million farmers and they will be happy like my father to see zero cost on chemicals & fertilizers.
In the first six months of the fellowship, I got the skills and knowledge required to fulfill my dream. In the next 18 months, I will apply these skills, by working at the project Supported by the International rice research institute and managed by ALC India (organizing TII fellowship). The project will impact 3000 women farmers of Kalahandi ( Odisha ) by supporting them on rice production without chemicals.
I lost my playground when my father sold a portion of his land. I want to ensure that this situation doesn’t get repeated again. And for this purpose, I need the help of
you all. With your support, I will be able to continue my fellowship and bring my dream to reality.
For my first installment of Rs. 59000 I had to sell our buffalo and for six months expenses I took the help of my friends and mortgaged my mother’s jewelry.
For the remaining amount to be paid I have approached banks for the loan but they denied as I already have an education loan of my engineering.
The need :
Currently, I am struggling to pay my TII fellowship fees of Rs. 8,14,790. I have paid Rs. 59000 as part of my fees. ALC India has provided a scholarship of 2,80,000 and Mr. Nimesh Sumati of Caring friends Mumbai donated me Rs 75000.
- I am looking at raising funds of Rs.4,00,790 to cover the remaining course fees: Rs.4,00,790
ALC India and Caring friend trusted me, can you trust me too?
I will be grateful for your contribution and would keep updating you on my work.
Fellowship Fees Breakdown
Remaining amount Rs 4,00,790
Short video clip on my work: https://photos.app.goo.gl/bGjrYaMZfWKfBeeB8
My blogs: https://medium.com/@jaspalmann
LinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/feed/
Below is the link, here you can find the documents regards loan, mortgaged and experience. for any further requirements of documents regarding my project detail or anything else, please connect me by mail.