Experiences

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

January 6, 2021

Cash crop cotton loses lustre for Ganjam farmers

Lack of transportation and marketing facilities and exploitation by private money lenders have forced cotton growers to cultivate other crops despite cotton’s potential for good returns

January 4, 2021

Through multi-tier farming women minimize risks, maximize profits

Growing a minimum of three crops per season, women farmers overcome climate risks. Staggered harvest from multiple crops help then earn through the year and overcome market risks

December 21, 2020

Social entrepreneur improves rural livelihood opportunities

Quitting a lucrative job and taking up farming, engineer runs a farm-based enterprise, enabling women farmers to become rural entrepreneurs

December 18, 2020

Tribes hope to revive degenerated agriculture through development plan

Development eluded two remote Irula tribal villages in Western Ghats. Through Tribal Sub-Plan being implemented, they hope to revive agriculture that once kept them self-sufficient