March 8, 2021

Cooperative helps rural women gain financial independence

Celebrating International Women’s Day gives members of a rural women’s collective the opportunity to reflect on their improved livelihood and progress with renewed zeal towards financial sustenance

February 22, 2021

Women get trained for employment and starting enterprises

Second Chance program helps girls who had quit education take up jobs after a short training, and helps women farm and set up small units

February 17, 2021

Paddy farmers reap rich harvest through SRI cultivation

Growing paddy the traditional way pushed farmers into poverty as the yields were low. Switching to SRI method has helped them harvest more than twice the normal yield

February 15, 2021

Plant nurseries bear fruits of success, empowerment for women

By coming together as a group and raising plant nurseries, women who were being exploited by money lenders, earn more to feed and care for their families better

February 12, 2021

Women weave plastic waste into utilitarian products

Traditionally adept at weaving, women around Kaziranga weave products with threads made from plastic bags, and cotton thread, to reduce plastic pollution and earn a livelihood

February 10, 2021

Helping hands pull Jharkhand farmers from the brink

Farmers who were in the brink of starvation during lockdown were identified through vulnerable mapping. With quality seeds and training in better practices, they are reaping better yields

February 1, 2021

Baul singers take to digital performances during lockdown

Minstrels of Bengal who carry on traditional baul singing were hit hard by the lockdown. Ticketed live streaming has enabled them to sustain themselves and their art

January 25, 2021

How rural India showed resilience, synergy during lockdown

Republic Day is an ideal occasion to celebrate rural India’s positive progress. VillageSquare recollects how communities used the lockdown productively, despite difficulties and loss of livelihoods.

January 11, 2021

American saffron emerges as an alternative crop to opium

In Jharkhand’s remote villages where opium has been cultivated illegally for many years, forest department promotes American saffron as an alternative crop of commercial value

January 8, 2021

Adapting to market needs, weavers find financial success

In a remote village in Majuli island, women who have always woven their traditional garments, are using their weaving skills to make different products and earn more