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How a Village Came Together to Crowdfund a Wedding after Demonetization

Sambhaji Bagal and his family were excitedly preparing for their daughter Sayali’s wedding when everything came to a sudden standstill on November 8. The situation turned almost chaotic in the household when they came to know that the government had abolished Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 currency notes. Sambhaji lives in Yalgud village of Kolhapur and had been saving for the wedding scheduled to take place in Kolhapur on November 23.

But most of the money was in the bank and withdrawal abruptly became a huge concern.


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Sambhaji had fixed the marriage about three months ago. “We did not want a grand occasion, just a simple and graceful wedding for our daughter. But we were afraid even that would not happen,” he told The Times of India.

But when he could not withdraw the required sum, the entire village turned up to help him out. Friends, relatives and neighbours stood in long queues to withdraw small amounts and help crowdfund Sayali’s wedding. And on November 22, when the celebrations started with the haldi ceremony, everything right from gifts to clothes was ready.

“This wedding has brought our family and friends closer. It is a blessing for all of us,” Sayali told TOI. A BA and B.Ed student, she was happy to see that all the arrangement were made in time – thanks to the helpful villagers who chose to think about the family before their own needs.

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