The women’s group in the village of Muthukapalli collectively made the decision to find out why certain members of their community had stopped receiving their disability allowance. In response, the women’s group decided to raise money to take a trip to the nearest health office, which was 65 kilometres away. Three facilitators took the five handicapped members of the village to meet with the doctor so they could be assessed and thus received the certificate needed to apply for the benefit.
It was a challenge as most of them had not left the village before and it was a long tiring day. The doctor obfuscated and asked for a bribe in exchange for the certificate, but they explained that they would go to the police station if they were not each assessed in a professional manner. In the end the members of the village did receive the appropriate certificate and are now claiming their benefit. The women’s group feel pleased that they have been able to support their fellow neighbours.