Livelihoods

October 4, 2019

Rural BPO centers in Bihar open new doors for girls

Business process outsourcing companies in rural Bihar are providing local job opportunities for educated, computer-literate girls in their village, empowering them socially and financially

September 30, 2019
Training and local employment have enhanced the learning and economic status of rural youth like Mahesh and Kumaresan (Photo by Sharada Balasubramanian)

Rural youth turn software developers right after school

Rural youth with the right aptitude are trained and employed in a technology company in Tirunelveli. Local employment has prevented migration and improved the families’ economic status

September 27, 2019
A fashion show organized by the district administration in Bishnupur has attracted new buyers, thus helping the weavers (Photo courtesy Manas Mandal)

Handcrafted Baluchari sarees see festive resurgence

The exquisitely handcrafted Baluchari sarees of Bengal have made a welcome comeback. Once forced into menial jobs, Baluchari weavers are busy again because demand is increasing

September 25, 2019
Apple growers in Kashmir are worried that they will suffer losses in the ongoing harvesting season due to restrictions on transportation and communication (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Kashmiri farmers struggle to sell bumper fruit harvest

Despite a good harvest of apples and pears, farmers in Kashmir are finding it difficult to sell their produce due to restrictions imposed by the authorities on transportation and communication facilities

September 20, 2019
The hardy Amrit Mahal breed of Karnataka that once enjoyed royal patronage has been dwindling in numbers (Photo by Amoolya Rajappa)

Native Amrit Mahal cattle need better conservation

There is an urgent need for better conservation of Amrit Mahal, a draughty, native breed of Karnataka that can toil and endure for long hours at a stretch, but have been dwindling in numbers

September 18, 2019
The craft of Kuthampully weavers in Kerala faces an uncertain future (Photo by Remya Padmadas)

Are handlooms in rural India only capable of weaving poverty?

We need to reflect why once handlooms wove joy, culture and incomes but today weave only poverty, unable to sustain livelihoods of people in our villages, except for a few outliers

September 16, 2019
Harvesting rainwater in ponds and recharging groundwater counter the impact of salinity, helping farmers like Dhirubhai Dhudiya improve farm productivity (Photo by Tata Trusts)

Smart water management mitigates coastal salinity

Rainwater harvesting, groundwater recharge through ponds and desilting of check dams have curtailed salinity ingress in coastal Gujarat, increasing freshwater availability

September 9, 2019
Cattle farmers like Sakthivel find ethno-veterinary medicine more economical and effective for their livestock in controlling diseases (Photo by Catherine Gilon)

Cattle farmers revive traditional herbal remedies

Farmers in Tamil Nadu are switching to traditional remedies for cattle because ethno-veterinary medicine made with locally available herbs are more effective in controlling diseases at minimal cost

September 2, 2019
Volunteers cleaning a bavkhal, or traditional water pond, in Bhuigaon village to recharge groundwater and raise the water table (Photo by Hiren Kumar Bose)

Vasai volunteers recharge ponds to raise water table

Volunteers in the villages of Vasai-Virar have revived traditional water ponds that were originally dug for irrigation. It has resulted in recharged aquifers and increased water availability for farming

August 23, 2019
The state government’s support to revive fine muslin cloth has helped many woman weavers in Nabadwip (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Bengal’s weavers revive muslin, spin success

The revival of muslin, a fine cotton cloth famous for centuries, has infused financial stability into the lives of traditional spinners and weavers of West Bengal who were struggling for survival earlier