The project intend to provide 1 cow each to the identified 47 women headed families to improve their family income thus building their capacity to educate their children. The women are from 37 villages in Karur, Tamilnadu who otherwise don't have a sustainable income due to lack of education, employability skill and financial support. Cow rearing has proved to be a low risk and most preferred economic activity that creates an asset base to the women and ensure sustained income from selling milk
India is predominantly a patriarchal society. The situation and life challenges are huge for those women who were deserted or lost their husbands. Widows are usually neglected by the society. After the death of their husband, many of them struggle hard to manage their day to day life and those who have children were the most affected in the society. They are bound to send their children to work to earn income instead of sending them to school. Employment opportunities for widows are very low.
A cow to each of the 47 resource poor women who heads their families would enhance their family income to meet their day to day needs and their children's education expenses. Children dropping out from schools citing reasons like poor family economy would be prevented through income from the selling of milk.
A cow is considered an asset for rural poor women which can be further multiplied though proper breeding techniques. Hence this one time investment has potential of transform the lives of 47 women headed families. Through this sustained income generation of over $100 per month the family could conveniently meet the house-hold expenses including the expenditure of children education. Through this project school drop out would be prevented and quality & continued education of children are ensured.