Livelihoods

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

December 16, 2020

Educated Dalits and Adivasis turn laborers during lockdown

With hard-earned and loan-funded professional and arts degrees, rural youth who lost their jobs during lockdown have taken up MGNREGS work in Bidar

December 14, 2020

Kadar tribes face repeated displacement for hydel power projects

For more than a century, Kerala’s forest-dwelling tribes have been repeatedly evicted for power projects. Faced with another displacement, the tribes refuse to give up their rights

December 11, 2020

Women weavers start successful eateries after job loss

When weaving became unsustainable, two enterprising women started selling idlis to patients and convalescents. Many women followed their footsteps, developing the area into a popular outsource hub