The making and selling of liquor, and seasonal sale of jungle produce and vegetables in weekly markets and through barter system are some of the ways of supplementing income. The income is meagre and cash in hand is a small amount. Their expenditure is mainly on food, rituals, ceremonies, healthcare and farming. Due to lack of livelihood options, many men and women migrate to cities to earn through labour work.
Currently the community depends on forest wood for cooking. Such traditional cooking practices and prolonged exposure to smoke leads to serious and fatal health complications. Apart from this, with increasing population, the stress on the neighbouring jungles is drastically increasing.
The collection of dry wood is difcult during monsoon and winter seasons. Every household owns cattle and dumps the excess cow dung at various spots in the village which turn into breeding grounds for mosquitoes and pig related diseases like Malaria and Japanese encephalitis apart from dirtying otherwise pristine villages. This excess cow dung creates a perfect opportunity to introduce bio-gas as a safer fuel alternative apart from reducing the burden on forests and keeping the villages clean.