Environmental conservation builds families, India

by Sahyog Sansthan

Summary

Support poor women farmers in Rajasthan, India, and train them in sustainable agriculture and conservation methods to improve their natural environment and provide secure food and water sources.
$75
total raised
2
donors
0
monthly donors
5
years active

Challenge

Rural villages are heavily dependent on the land for their livelihoods. The once fertile land has been eroded by commercial logging and mining. Rainfall is now less predictable due to climate change. Sahyog uses the “Self-Help Group” model to organize small groups of women (who are both raising families and growing food) to work together on sustainable agricultural projects to improve crop yields and nourish the soil for future generations.

Solution

Projects and training in soil and water management, small-scale irrigation, and sustainable agriculture (using local seeds, preparing organic pesticides, composting). Groups also are trained in basic accounting and leadership and management skills.

Long-Term Impact

Degraded land is regenerated, water resources are more secure, access to adequate food and income is increased, and marginalized communities are better prepared for climate change effects and food and water crises.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).

Resources

http:/​/​www.idex.org
Sahyog's page on IDEX's website
Hiri Dangi of the Uthalamata Self-Help Group

Organization Information

Sahyog Sansthan

Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan - India
Project Leader:
Gillian Wilson
IDEX Latin America Program Director
San Francisco, CA United States

Funded Project!

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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