Nyotra – A Tradition of Community Lending

Nyotra

Tribal farmers in Southern Rajasthan, in districts of Banswara and Dungarpur have a traditional practice of collecting money from the community for a number of occasions. It could be for social occasions like celebrating marriages or childbirth, for meeting financial requirements in case of a death in the family or for meeting sudden medical emergencies. This practice is called a Nyotra. One must not confuse this with nyota, a commonly…