Gender

January 31, 2018
Iron removal plants have made tube well water potable, reducing water-borne diseases drastically. (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Kanas villagers make water safe through simple interventions

Water from ponds and tube wells made safe for consumption through simple and easy to maintain solutions have reduced water-borne diseases in coastal Odisha and has enabled village women to utilize the saved time more productively

January 1, 2018
Fetching water and collecting fuel wood are arduous chores for most village women. (Photo by Abhijeet Jadhav)

Cooking imposes heavy burden on rural women

The simple act of cooking takes on a difficult dimension due to lack of easy access to fuel and water, forcing women in rural India to walk long distances to get them, increasing drudgery and leading to health hazards that call for immediate action

December 29, 2017
Damayanti Patra has made a mark as a mason in rural Odisha. (Photo by Gram Vikas)

Woman mason rebuilds life after devastation of Cyclone Phailin

Stepping into the exclusive male preserve of masonry, Damayanti Patra of rural Ganjam has shown exemplary determination to overcome personal tragedy and natural disaster to secure a sustainable vocation

December 15, 2017
Technology has helped Mising women turn traditional weaving skills into a viable livelihood. (Photo by Abdul Hamid)

Mising weavers intertwine technology with traditional skills

Living in flood-prone areas of Assam with no alternate sustenance options, women of Mising tribal community have upgraded their traditional handloom weaving skills, and have adapted to market needs for a lucrative livelihood

December 4, 2017
Visibility and confidence of women have increased in Koni village. (Photo by Tarun Kanti Bose)

Rural women start bank for economic transformation

Started by women in Chhattisgarh villages from their personal savings, the Sakhi Mahila Bank has not only boosted rural women’s income but also their confidence and economic independence

December 1, 2017
Anita Devi has become a successful mushroom farmer and seed entrepreneur. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Anita Devi of Anantpur works magic with mushrooms

From an impoverished village woman to mushroom farmer and successful entrepreneur, Anita Devi has inspired hundreds of women in Nalanda to adopt the profitable venture of mushroom cultivation

November 29, 2017
Widows of Madarangajodi village await justice. (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Widowed by silicosis, women of Odisha village await justice

Young men, who joined a pyrophillite grinding factory dreaming of a better future, succumbed to silicosis, leaving families struggling for survival and justice

November 15, 2017
In a roadside ghetto, Akila Bibi and others after a day’s hard work, separating white paper shreds from the colored ones for recycling. Earning Rs 3 a kg, they manage 30 kg to 50 kg a day. (Photo by Manipadma Jena)

How distressed rural migrants shelter in cities

Flood and drought often drive the rural poor to cities. Those who are landless often stay on. Risking lives under the open sky, they hope a city’s many work opportunities will help them survive somehow

November 13, 2017
Girls of conservative Meo Muslim community in Thekra are now getting educated. (Photo by Tarun Kanti Bose)

Meo girls step into modern world through schooling

Breaking long-held taboos and gender biases, girls of conservative Meo Muslim community in Alwar have convinced their parents to put them into school, and the results are showing

November 6, 2017
A woman uses jata, a traditional grinding stone, to make sattu. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Revival of traditional sattu helps village women make a living

Women in rural Nalanda are popularizing the use of a traditional grinding stone to pound flour out of roasted gram, providing a healthier alternative to machine-ground sattu and earning a livelihood for themselves