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