Madhubani, India Project - supported by Elanco



Through this project 2000 families will achieve sustainable livelihoods through joining together in cooperatives and participating in the dairy and goat value chains. 500 original families will receive livestock inputs while 1500 families will benefit from the Passing on of gifts of livestock.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The state of Bihar is the poorest in India, with a per capita income of about seventy-five cents per day. In respect to other social and human development indicators, too, the state's performance has been poor. Women, especially, live with in extreme poverty with poor nutrition, low literacy rates, and severe social discrimination. Other problems are high population density and lack of land area to plant crops, as well as frequent floods which often damage or destroy the crops they have planted.

How will this project solve this problem?

Through this project, participating families will achieve sustainable livelihoods through joining together in cooperatives and participating in the dairy and meat goat value chains. 2,000 women will represent their families and will be organized into 100 SHGs with 18-20 members each. These groups will be engaged in group savings, with each member adding about $1.50 every month. The funds will be mobilized as the women take out small loans for microenterprises, education, or healthcare needs.

Potential Long Term Impact

We will provide inputs of livestock (dairy cows, goats), vegetable seeds, fodder seeds, saplings, and intensive training to 2000 families (500 original, 1500 Pass On) allowing them to join together and participate in dairy and goat value chains and pull themselves out of poverty.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $14,168

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $14,168 .  The original project funding goal was $436,787.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Marc Bunn

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Map of Madhubani, India Project - supported by Elanco
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