- The residents of Hiwari Bazar, a remote village in India, planned to become the richest village in the country today.
The residents of Hiwari Bazar, a remote village in the Ahmed Najjar district of the Indian state of Maharashtra, managed to transform from a sparsely populated area in the mid-1990s into the richest village in the country today.
Hiwari Bazar, a remote village in India
Recently, the gross national growth of this village has reached the highest level among all villages in the country. Its population of 150 has an average income of 30,000 rupees per month (equivalent to $450). In addition, about 60 families out of 235 households in this village are millionaires. Every year, many crops of onions, potatoes and millet are harvested from the agricultural lands of the region, and it is difficult to imagine that until a few years ago these lands were barren and nobody paid attention to them.
By the mid-1990s, the village was very poor and still suffering from the effects of the severe famine of 1977. People were depressed and desperate and trying to survive became difficult. People gradually turned to alcohol and the situation worsened. As a result, about 90 percent of the village population migrated from there. The rest did not have any goals or ideas for the future. The headman of the village was very old and had no idea about the situation of the village. Thus, the youth felt that they needed the support and guidance of a stronger leadership.
In 1980, they went to Popatru Pawar, the only educated person in the village, who, ironically, also wanted to migrate to find an office job; But the people had a new plan for him and asked him to participate in the local elections as a candidate, which he did not want at first, but finally he was elected as “Sarpanj" (head of the ruling group of a village).
Hivari Bazar is the richest village in India
After reaching this new position, at the beginning of his work, he convinced the people to close the mikdas. He then tried to provide loans to poor farmers from the Bank of Maharashtra and used part of the funds to upgrade the district’s water system, rainwater harvesting and water storage schemes. He forced the villagers to build 52 earth embankments, 32 stone embankments and 9 control dams. In the end, his project worked in such a way that not a drop of water was wasted in this village where the average annual rainfall was only 15 inches, and during the rainy season the area under cultivation increased from 50 acres to 170 hectares. The water shortage problem was solved, the immigrants gradually returned to the village, and the number of households increased from 90 to 235. People were happier, cooperated more and helped each other in solving problems.
Pawar had designed systems in which two or three families worked together on their fields, thereby creating a united society and avoiding the hiring of laborers.
Hivari Bazaar in India
Now Hivar has become a model for other villages with the growing law and order.