Seva Mandir

Seva Mandir's mission is to make real the idea of society consisting of free and equal citizens who are able to come together and solve the problems that affect them in their particular contexts. The commitment is to work for a paradigm of development and governance that is democratic and polyarchic. Seva Mandir seeks to institutionalise the idea that development and governance is not only to be left to the State and its formal bodies like the legislature and the bureaucracy, but that citizens and their associations should engage separately and jointly with the State. The mission briefly, is to construct the conditions in which citizens of plural backgrounds and perspectives can come togethe...
Jun 30, 2015

A Story of Self-Empowerment

Dear Friends,

Varzu is an elderly woman living in one of our working block, in southern Rajasthan.

Earlier in her life, she worked with her husband whenever and wherever possible - sometimes in the fields, sometimes as a laborer on construction sites. The work was hard, but she had no choice.

Then Seva Mandir formed a Self Help Group (SGH) in Varzu's village. She has been affiliated to it since 1994 and, over time, it has brought many improvements both to the area and to her personal situation. 

Varzu is now self-employed and able to earn an average of 100 rupees a day. She says, 'When I took my first loan from the SGH I never imagined the difference it would make to my life. I have restored my ancestral home and been able to buy a grinding machine. Now I don’t have to go out to work because people come to my house for the services I'm able to offer. I'm happy that I can have an easier life in my old age.'

With your support, Seva Mandir is able to help many women like Varzu earn a better livelihood and live a fairer life.

Thank you

Regards

Atul Lekhra 

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Jun 26, 2015

Lift Irrigation - Boon to Farmers

Dear Friends,

Kavaa is a farmer living in the remote village of Udaipur district, in the dry region of the hilly terrains of Aravali Mountain Range where water is very difficult to fetch for irrigation purposes.

The villagers put forward this problem in the Village development meeting. After researching the need and feasibility, Seva Mandir, with the help of villagers installed a lift to fetch water from the nearby water source (Som River) to the fields.

Today, 22 families of the village are utilizing this installed lift to irrigate their field. Earlier they were able to grow only wheat that would last for one time in every 6 months starting from November till March (until rains start). And for rest of the year farmers grow Maze and get Public Distribution System (PDS) at low cost to feed their families.

With the improved irrigation facilities and close by water resource, Kavaa with other villagers are now able to grow foodgrains, Legumes-Lentils, Lemons, Indian Gooseberries, Mangos, Pomegranate, etc in their fields throughout the year and hence been able to sell the surplus production. For example: Kavaa  is currently growing 60Kgs Legumes-Lentils in his farmland which is $ 79 to $100 worth.

The village development committee has fixed $1 per hour from the beneficiaries to meet the electricity bills and other maintenance charges.

Today, farmers are able to grow sufficient food grains throughout the year and hence don’t have to migrate to work to different cities as a laborer.

Thank you so much friends for your continuous support.

Regards

Atul Lekhra

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May 26, 2015

NalaBachatSamiti: Few Snapshots

Dear Friends,

NalaBachatSamiti, the community of 86 tribal farmers that started as a collective action against middleman exploitation of their agricultural produce, is now in the 6th year of its inception. From a small group of farmers who united to save themselves from middleman exploitation, the group now discusses business terms like profit, annual turnover and break even sales. In this edition, I shall give a glimpse of some of the new initiatives taken by NalaBachatSamiti. The procurement of raw tuar (lentil) started from the beginning of January. The target of procurement in this year was 30MT. To achieve this huge target, the members of NalaBachatSamiti opened 6 new procurement centers in Kotra block and the members took turns to man them tirelessly for the entire 3 months of procurement. This year SevaMandir provided NalaBachatSamiti with a digital moisture meter and trained the members on the usage of the same. NalaBachatSamiti procured each lot of tuar from the farmers after calculating moisture and asked owner of any lot whose moisture content was more than 15% to dry the same and deliver it to the dal mill. As a result NalaBachatSamiti was able to save 5% of overall cost which it lost every year due to moisture content in pulses. To process this huge quantity of raw tuar the members of NalaBachatSamiti took turns and ensured that the dal mill keeps spinning round the clock. The members of NalaBachatSamiti has also searched for and found new clients for dal and its by-products.

Thank you

Regards

Atul Lekhra

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