Experiences

June 15, 2018

Bahurupi folk theater finds few takers in West Bengal

The Bahurupis of West Bengal, who donned greasepaint and entertained the rural masses through folk and street theater by masquerading as mythological characters, have dwindled in numbers due to lack of patronage

June 8, 2018

Odisha’s seasonal hostels help curb child migration and child labor

Poor villagers in Odisha’s migration-prone districts, who toil at brick kilns in the southern states for most part of the year, have found some succor in seasonal hostels that educate and nourish their children in a safe haven

June 6, 2018
Farm widows in Atmakur of Warangal district have got their lives back on track due to financial inclusion programs. (Photo by Prajwal Suvarna)

Does targeted finance help farm widows break free of chronic debt?

While targeted assistance has brought financial inclusion to farm widows in parts of Telangana, only concrete interventions can eradicate chronic indebtedness and ensure sustainable livelihoods

June 1, 2018
Parev village is a manufacturing hub of traditional brass utensils, used in temples and at homes during rituals. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Brass smiths of Parev brave hardships to keep traditional craft alive

Despite lack of essential infrastructure, no government support and highly erratic power supply, artisanal brass utensil makers in Bihar have overcome huge odds and flourished, providing livelihoods to many rural households

May 28, 2018
Women like Dulana came together to empower themselves as businesswomen, taking their families and community forward in the process (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Enterprising Odisha women take to selling fish to improve lives

Women in Odisha’s coastal fishing villages have turned to selling fish and value-added fishery products after eliminating middlemen and abolishing the home brewing of country liquor, the root cause of their problems

May 23, 2018
The journey of a mother-daughter duo has revived traditional Kantha embroidery and empowered rural women as craftspersons. (Photo by Dhruba Das Gupta)

Kantha embroidery empowers women in rural Bengal

A single woman’s journey to earn a dignified livelihood has today evolved into a revival of the traditional Kantha embroidery that has led to empowerment of rural women in West Bengal

May 21, 2018
Appa Karmakar of Angar village in Solapur has tasted success by cultivating drumsticks. (Photo by Hiren Kumar Bose)

Drumstick cultivation boosts farm incomes in drought-prone Solapur

Perfectly adapted to dry land farming, the nutrient-rich moringa has become the crop of choice among many farmers in drought-prone Solapur, earning them a steady income throughout the year

May 18, 2018
Cultivating watermelon has stemmed migration from the drought-prone western districts of Odisha. (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Watermelons stem distress migration in Odisha’s hunger belt

Forced to migrate due to poverty and recurrent droughts, and with no better life in faraway brick kilns, farmers in western Odisha have turned to watermelon cultivation, reaping rich benefits

May 14, 2018
Women, understanding the power of collective work, form self-help groups to engage in income-generating activities. (Photo by Ninglun Hanghal)

Manipuri women revive village republics for all-round development

Despite dwindling forest resources that had traditionally sustained them, villagers in Churachandpur district of Manipur have successfully shifted to growing new crops, and are now exploring new livelihood options

May 11, 2018

Farmers reclaim fallow land to cultivate rice in Kerala

In a landscape dominated by cash crops, many farmers in Kerala have started growing paddy on land lying fallow for decades after being encouraged by the state government to cultivate on barren fields