One such group is the Aam Daar hamlet, a group of 25 families displaced from their traditional existence and moved to a 2 acre plot by the highway. They have pucca homes but no livelihood and the men are forced to work in stone mining. As a result most of the men are suffering from silicosis and TB. The children are bright-eyed and effervescent but they have no schooling and there is a serious threat of them falling into the same cycles of deprivation, abuse and lifelong poverty.
But there is a chance to make a lasting impact with a timely intervention. Equipping the Saharias with goat-farming which can provide meat (goats multiply fast!) for sale, milk for use and poop for manure. Goat-farming is a proven livelihood intervention and the families are keen to establish a cooperative that make a huge difference to their lives. If the model works then this can be replicated with other tribal communities even as Zenith, an extremely creative non-profit working on socio-legal issues in the area, continues its work on securing govt entitlements and tribal rights for these communities.