The Farmer

Work begins at 4:30 in the morning for Vijayalakshmi Selvaraj, who rises before dawn to milk the family’s cows before going on to tend to the goats and chickens. Life on the farm is never easy, but it’s more than the day-to-day chores that challenge her: she might need a loan to buy animal feed or insurance to protect the family’s crops against drought or blight.

Vijayalakshmi works with Accion partner IFMR Holdings to manage the family farm, save for her daughter’s future, and help her son attend a military academy.

Vijayalakshmi the farmer in India