Reduce Poverty for Indigenous Rat Catchers

by Centre for Development of Disadvantaged people


3 million indigenous rat-catching tribals in India suffer from poverty through use of an inefficient and hazardous traditional rat-catching method. New technology/plan is safer and more profitable.
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3 million poor “Irula” indigenous tribal people of untouchable status in India get income by catching rats in agriculture fields. They are severely affected by heart, skin and respiratory problems from using the traditional method of catching rats. They are in poverty due to poor work efficiency. They do not send their children to schools. Our new device removes health hazards completely and will quadruple their income. Our integrated self-help plan will empower them.


Providing new rat-catching devices to tribal families; conducting occupational health checkups; educating their children; promoting self-help development groups/savings and micro-credit activity for tribal women/beneficiaries; integrated development

Long-Term Impact

There will be complete socioeconomic change in the lives of millions of indigenous rat catching tribals living in interior locations of India. Their unequal and untouchable social status will be considerably changed. They will be empowered.

Additional Documentation

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


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Centre for Development of Disadvantaged people

Location: Chennai, Tamilnadu - India
Project Leader:
S. Karthick
Project Coordinator
Chennai, Tamilnadu India

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