Meet the farmer who is helping his village fight #COVID19 by fulfilling one of their essential needs – food.
Kantibhai Amliyar, a vegetable farmer from Usarvan, Gujarat took matters into his own hands when he saw hundreds of his fellow villagers struggle with finding the next meal due to the COVID crisis. He distributed all his harvested crops in the village for free.
“Most of our people are daily wage workers. They will only get food in the night if they get work in the morning. With no work left anymore, children and families were sleeping hungry every night”, says Kantibhai.
Travelling to the city market to buy vegetables was becoming unsafe. But fortunately, Kantibhai had more than enough produce from his farm for the less fortunate families. But, instead of selling it, he decided to donate it and made sure no one in his village stayed hungry.
“Some women told us about their struggles to feed their families. I thought to myself that others may also be facing similar problems, and no one should suffer like this. That’s when I took this decision.”, says Kantibhai.
His family members proudly supported and helped him tirelessly – right from sowing more vegetables to distributing them. His son’s friends played a big part in backing them financially, to continue restocking.
“We have distributed some 2700-2800kg of vegetables so far. By God’s grace, not a single person has gone back home empty-handed.”.
He believes that his contribution may not be substantial compared to what others are doing around the world, but he hopes to inspire more people to step up and help.
“As farmers, all we want is for people to get enough food and we will do everything we can to do that. I strongly feel that we should all come together to ensure that no one sleeps hungry in this nation of ours.”, he says.
Kantibhai Amliyar reminds us of the importance of looking out for each other like a family, especially during these difficult times. These are the #PeopleWhoRise, and Mahindra salutes his challenger spirit.
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