Chetana-Vikas (Consciousness-Development)

VISION : Empowerment of the individual and of the community for sustainable development of their own respective lives. GOAL : Sustainable development towards : Improved production. Better distribution. Production priority of basic needs like food & nutrition, fuel, fodder, timber etc. Protection & enrichment of the earth's environment & natural resources. Recognition of the key role of women in agriculture & improvement on gender issues. More self-reliant, sustainable, biological and decentralized technology. FOUNDING PRINCIPLES : - Critical consciousness and awareness of people (Chetana); and Development (Vikas) : A two way integrated approach. - Efforts ...

Padma Raut from village Manikwada

Padma Raut from village Manikwada
An already empowered woman who has not broken down when she became a widow. She broke all barriers in the village community when she started a make shift barber shop in her house. She took a loan to start this business and has diversified into selling stationery. (view small | med | large | orig)

Nita Chore (in yellow saree) from village Manikwad

Nita Chore (in yellow saree) from village Manikwad
An empowered widow with three children who has setup a business in the front portion of her house which caters to other women from nearby 10 villages. The business is of cosmetics and other ladies articles, shoes, decoration material etc. She also goes to other villages on their weekly market days. (view small | med | large | orig)

Baby Parteki from Kurzadi Jamtha

Baby Parteki from Kurzadi Jamtha
An empowered deserted tribal woman. After availing a loan of 200$, she is now a successful small trader who has now diversified with selling bangles, kerosene, stationery and has become financially independent. (view small | med | large | orig)

Women to Women

Women to Women
Members of Steering committee formed for solving difficulties faced by deserted women and widows during the meeting. This consists of 9 members catering to women residing in 5 to 7 villages. (view small | med | large | orig)

Mangala from village Kangaon.

Mangala from village Kangaon.
A widow waiting to start her new life with other women at Chetana-Vikas. (view small | med | large | orig)
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