Komathidevi born in 1952 married Kanakasunderam in 1972. They have four sons and a daughter who are currently married. The daughter’s husband has left her and she has a school going child. As a result of the conflict the family lost 25 cows, 40 goats, poultry and vehicles. At present they cannot afford to meet even their basic needs. They now live in a rented house and do not have even a toilet.
She continues to be an active member of Kannakaipuram Women’s Rural Development Society (WRDS). Komathidevi has been selected as one of the first, from a batch of eight beneficiaries from her village under the SILK Project funded by USAID with the generous support from the American people in the Karachchi Division.
She has undergone the Cornerstones training programme which has given much self-confidence and also strengthened her values of caring and sharing. Though she had previous experience in dairy farming, her experience is only on traditional system, which is really minimal care for cattle. It was good enough for the local (hardy) varieties of cattle but the milk yields were very low. Komathidevi needed to improve her knowledge and skills in order to opt for management of hybrid cows, so as to obtain much improved yields. As a result of the new knowledge gained from SILK project’s social mobilization training, she managed the construction of a cattle shed based on recommended specifications. She has also commenced fodder cultivation with 250 CO3 grass cuttings, obtained through the good offices of the local Field Staff.
She received a superior quality hybrid cow on 4th June, 2014, and named it “Seetha”. Seetha gave birth to a male calf which Komathidevi named “Thambu”. She uses the cow dung for home gardening purposes and sells the surplus. They obtain 5 litres of milk per day and sell 4 litres for Rs.200 earning a little over Rs.6000 for a month.
Everyone in the family have now acquired the habit of drinking fresh milk. With the new income they are able to meet their daily basic needs comfortably. It is definitely a new beginning for the life of this family that was adversely affected by the conflict.