Livelihoods

December 9, 2020

Farmers of Palghar protest against farm laws

In solidarity with protesting farmers in Delhi, men and women farmers of Maharashtra staged road blockades, demanding withdrawal of farm laws, and placed a charter of demands

December 7, 2020

Restoration of ponds leads to revival of agriculture

Despite good rainfall, lack of water retention led to farmers’ migration. Deepening of ponds to store rainwater has stopped migration and helped farmers grow crops across seasons

December 4, 2020

Students help revive traditional metal craft

Students with a passion for social entrepreneurship have helped traditional metal craftsmen to adapt to changing times with new designs, and explore new markets within the country and beyond

December 2, 2020

Women farmers leverage collective power to form producer company

Despite carrying out many farming activities, women lacked recognition. Coming together as a self-help group, they have found confidence to progress and use collective bargaining power to their advantage

November 27, 2020

Women continue to roll beedis despite low wages, health risks

Due to lack of education and alternate sustainable employment avenues, millions of workers, especially women, endure beedi rolling. Familiarity and fear prevent them from switching jobs

November 25, 2020

Dairy cooperative creates a closed-loop replicable system

The lockdown made many dairy cooperatives lose business. However, a village cooperative in Anand has created a sustainable financial and ecological model, building synergy among farmers

November 23, 2020

Farmers still under cloud of Cyclone Gaja and storm surge

Coastal farmers suffered a double whammy when Cyclone Gaja brought a storm surge in its wake. Two years later, they are yet to recover, but remain hopeful

November 20, 2020

Crop diversification helps farmers double income

Tribal farmers, who were cultivating a single traditional crop, have doubled their income, by switching to high value crops and also by diversifying their crop basket

November 18, 2020

Camel milk inspires hope for herders

With an increase in awareness of various health benefits of camel milk, its sale has increased, boosting rural economy and livelihood of traditional camel herders

November 16, 2020

Lockdown drives embroidery artisans to alternate jobs

With sales dwindling to a low during the lockdown, artisans who undertake skilled embroidery, have been forced to shutter workshops and switch to other means of livelihood