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

May 7, 2018

An ancient art is earning modern dividends in Khasi Hills

From being one of the poorest areas of Meghalaya, Umden in Ri Bhoi has emerged as the epicenter of ethical sericulture and Eri silk weaving, thanks to the persistence of women practicing the traditional art

May 4, 2018
Tribal women in Birbhum have found an alternative source of earning by rearing goats. (Photo by Tagore Society for Rural Development)

Goats and poultry help tribal women turnaround impoverished lives

Poverty-stricken women in the semi-arid regions of West Bengal and Jharkhand, used to subsisting on meager incomes, have defied huge odds and transformed their lives by rearing goats and poultry

May 2, 2018
How do you define success and failure in the context of rural development? (Photo by Prasenjit De)

The importance of succlure and faiccess in rural development

It is not always easy to measure the success in any rural development intervention because it often depends on the differing frames of reference of the village community and that of the grassroots worker