“As the world reels under the threat of unrelenting climate change, erratic monsoons and fast depleting groundwater reserves, The Miracle Water Village narrates the inspirational story of impoverished farming community in India that reversed its fortunes through its visionary model of water management.
Lying in one of the worst drought-prone regions of India, the village of Hiware Bazar battled many decades of sparse rain and failed crops. However, 20 years ago, the entire village came together to script a silent revolution by designing a rainwater-harvesting model that saved every drop of the scanty rain they received. Today, the village is literally an oasis in the middle of the desert, boasting of bumper harvests, dairy co-operatives, millionaire families and visionary farmers.
Hiware Bazar still receives the scanty amount of rainfall it used to in the heart of its most trying years, but what has changed is the way it has managed its water and created a miracle with this most precious liquid resource!”
From Rags to Riches in Hiware Bazar Using simple water conservation steps boosted per capita income 37 fold from 1995 to 2012, up from just $13/month. The number of wells tripled and the water table rose 50-75 feet. The amount of arable land greatly increased. Milk production increased 10-27 fold. All the liquor stores were closed and tobacco banned. Every house now has a toilet (only village in India?). Now there are 60 millionaires. It took them 21 years to get to where they are today. The village leader says the process can be accomplished in just two years now that they know what to do. What an amazing turnaround from such basic changes. This gives me a lot of hope for India and the world. In many ways people have already figured out what to do to turn things around. It’s just a matter of learning the best practices and implementing them.
Hiware Bazar website
Hiware Bazar’s success is based on the 3S’ – Self – sustainability, Self – governance and Self – reliance. The improvements stemmed the migration of villagers and inculcated a sense of pride within them. Literacy grew from 30% to 95%. There’s been a complete eradication of crime. Their village is now an oasis in the middle of the desert. It’s even been called an ‘ideal village’ and has won numerous awards. There are plans to implement the same changes in five villages of every district in the state.