Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-07-05 19:08 Kundapur: Where there is a will, there is a way. Five women, including a 60-year-old, proved this old saying right when they dug up a 52-ft well to quench the thirst of at least 10 families. This heartwarming show of grit and determination took place in Viveknagar Colony, Amparu Gram Panchayat, Kundapur. Lakshmi Poojarthi, 60, along with four other women completed the work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in three-and-a-half months. Amparu village suffered every summer due to the scarcity of clean drinking water. The failure of the hand-pump worsened the problem, forcing the village to come up with a solution. But instead of waiting for others, Lakshmi rallied other women around the idea and began digging the well, which now takes care of their water needs at present. The rings used for building the well cost up to Rs82,000 and the expenses were borne by the panchayat. But when the cost escalated, Lakshmi paid Rs40,000 from her own savings. Lakshmi, who lives alone, said her small gesture was a way to help those in need. “Spending all her savings for the need of others was a brave step,” said Kiran Hegde, vice-president, Amparu Gram Panchayat.