Livelihoods

January 12, 2018
Farmers from Dhulikhel area are actively using Jhol Mol that has improved their crop productivity. (Photo by Nivedita Khandekar)

Nepal’s organic manure could work wonders for Indian farmers

Nepal’s traditional bio-pesticide and fertilizer Jhol Mol is suited for many smallholder Indian farmers as well, as it can be easily made in a farm without resorting to artificial chemicals that are harmful for soil health

January 10, 2018
A vendor arranging kangris for sale on a footpath in a Srinagar market. (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Kangri still keeps Kashmir warm in winter

The traditional fire pot of Kashmir helps people keep themselves warm in the harsh winter, retaining its utility despite the advent of modern appliances, and assuring thousands of men and women their livelihood

January 8, 2018
The fishing hamlet of Golabandha was severely damaged after Cyclone Phailin. (Photo by M. Basudev Rao)

Community rebuilds life after Cyclone Phailin wrecked their fishing hamlet

Ravaged by Cyclone Phailin, people of a fishing village buried their differences and emerged with a strong sense of unity to rebuild their lives at a relocation site

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 27, 2017
Unchecked river erosion has led to loss of habitation and livelihoods (Photo by Tarun Kanti Bose)

Hungry Padma drives people from their homes

With various factors contributing to unchecked erosion of the banks of Padma River, villages along its course in Jalangi have lost farmlands, forcing women and men to migrate to distant places in search of a livelihood

December 25, 2017

God’s own country needs migrant workers to celebrate Christmas

In an ironic twist, Kerala today needs a large number of migrants to plug a labor shortage in a state that is well known for its people migrating out to the Gulf and various parts of India

December 22, 2017
Practicing organic farming, farmers no longer have health issues. (Photo by G.V. Ramanjaneyalu)

Enabavi banishes chemicals for rich organic rewards

Switching to organic farming, a Telengana village has turned its arid lands into lush green farms, overcoming the scourge of farmer suicides and health problems in the process, and increasing household earnings

December 20, 2017
Rural entrepreneurs need a change in mindset to grow their businesses. (Photo by Pixabay)

What stops rural enterprises from growth and prosperity?

Any external intervener who seeks to promote rural enterprises must create credible incentives for villagers to make proactive lifestyle adjustments to become reliable and highly productive producers

December 18, 2017
Rane Guruji, an 80-year-old farmer of Kasal village, in his bamboo plantation. (Photo by Hiren Kumar Bose)

Konkan farms reap the bounty of bamboo

The newfound interest in the cultivation of bamboo, known as the wise man’s timber, is helping transform the rural economy in the Konkan region of Maharashtra by boosting farm incomes

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