Quest to redefine my identity

21- year old Vimla Devi is a migrant worker from Nepal. She migrated to India with her family in search of better livelihood alternatives. However, her husband abandoned her, making her the sole caregiver of their children.

Vimla Devi defied societal norms and took a stand for herself

Patriarchy is a deeply engrained and highly normalised norm of our society. Women have often defined themselves with regards to men, living under their shadow when they were unable to fend for themselves.
However, Vimla Devi was committed to not fall into the malicious trap of the male dominant social strata that surrounded her. Her resolution to redefine herself by moulding her identity to her unique individuality helped her overcome the challenges that lay in front of her.

Vimla Devi carrying the relief materials provided by CASA

Things took a turn for the worst when the lockdown was imposed. The informal workforce of India, leading a hand to mouth existence, has been acutely affected by loss of jobs.
“I had faith in myself. I needed to provide for my family and I was determined to pave my path by myself.”
Vimla Devi resides in the remote village of Bosari, in Rohru region of Himachal Pradesh. She got connected with CASA’s ground partner Education Society for Information Technology (ESIT) that provided her daily wage work of digging and clearing roads in nearby remote villages.

CASA has come to the forefront by providing assistance to several migrants in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, by linking them with the Municipal Corporation of Shimla, paving their way towards permanent jobs and providing them with assured monetary security.

Many women have been provided with the opportunity to stand on their feet and ensure sustenance for their families.

Vimla Devi, a beneficiary of CASA's Covid-19 response programme

In these staggering times, migrant labourers have come forward, voluntarily, and taken up responsibilities of manual work, such as repairing unmetalled roads to mending rain water drainage systems, in exchange of dry ration and a monetary benefit of 1,000 rupees (given through bank transfer) provided by CASA, to serve their essential needs.

The dry ration and monetary help, along with government supported work, will give them food security and alleviate their situation in these staggering and difficult times.

CASA is relentlessly striving to not only provide for the unmet needs of the vulnerable communities but also to empower women to stand with conviction, independent and confident, for their families.

On the ground report by Sahiba Chawdhary, Photojournalist and Arushi Narchal, Assistant Manager, Digital Media
Written by- Isha Sharma, Intern, Communications
Edited by- Pankhuri, Communications Associate