Thank Your Hero – Pushpa Ben

Pushpa Ben outside her house in Valsad Gujarat.

Pushpa Ben outside her house in Valsad Gujarat.

Meet Pushpa Ben Basra. Pushpa Ben Basra is an ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist), an entrepreneur and member of the self-help group of Vasudhara Dairy Cooperatives.

Pushpa Ben’s commitment and efforts are helping tribal women and children in the remote village of Ozharaifaliya in Kaprada block in Gujarat to live healthier lives.

Along with 10,400 other female members of self-help groups of the Cooperative, Pushpa has promoted institutional delivery, colostrum feeding, exclusive breast feeding, and hand-washing among women in the community.

With the help of colourful posters, booklets, songs and films in Kaprada, she managed to reach out to her community in one of the most under-developed, predominantly tribal, Valsad district in Southern Gujarat.

“I did not complete my schooling and feel much less educated compared to other women in my family and neighbourhood. But I feel very proud because of the work I do which makes difference to lives of women and children in our village. My job helps me to reach out to people and help them,’ says Pushpa. Continue reading