While we were on one of our village walks, we came across a group of women digging in these strange dusty pits in the hot sun. This is a government project to make a man-made “lake” in the village. It is being dug by hand. Everyone may send one family member to be employed by the government project. Looks like fun, huh?

All we can figure is that this is the Indian government’s way of providing a type of welfare in return for manual labor. I find it a bit disturbing that the women (who also take care of the children, gather and carry firewood, cook meals, and sew clothing) are the ones doing the digging.

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