The rice bank was initiated by the water committee. People are now able to borrow money to either solve short term problems or invest in their future; allowing not only wider development of the community but the space for individual hopes and dreams.

Community members simply propose their borrowing aspirations to the committee and, once approved, pay the loan back with a small amount of interest. This interest builds, slowly building a communal pot of money to fund developments such as the improvement of roads, maintenance of communal buildings or for social activities.

Watch a video about the rice bank.