Empowering Women to Thrive - Year 1
Human Dev Index:#132 (Aus #5)
This project focusses on three key aspects that contribute to poverty in remote villages in northern India: a lack of access to clean water, a lack of sanitation facilities and food insecurity. Our partners have worked in this area for 20 years. Pilot programs were run to gauge community interest and fine-tune the roll out. Four water systems and four greenhouses will be constructed over the two years in a joint effort with village women. Vegetables grown will improve nutrition (a major issue in this area) and provide cash crops for sale to the nearest big town. A dairy farm will be set up in the second year to demonstrate effective animal husbandry and to provide sustainable employment training.
Why support this
We love that this project is targeting the keys to breaking poverty in this area. We also appreciate the wise way each village has been chosen over the years. By choosing villages where success is most guaranteed, our partner is building enthusiasm for other villages to participate. We value the holistic nature of our partner’s approach, working on interlinked issues which, when solved together, provide the greatest chance for breaking intergenerational poverty.
$29,000 for year 1 of a 2 yr budget. Total budget $46,200.
- Construct water catchment and tanks systems
- Build green houses in 4 villages
- Establish a Dairy farm
- Form Self-help groups for women
Expected Life Change
- Economic stability for widows reduces dependency on other family members and their children can go to school
- Less time spent collecting water increases opportunities to undertake other income generating activities, or even just to draw breath
- Increased water supply improves health through higher yields and quality of agricultural products
- Self-help group members can independently access bank services, loans and improve their social status