Economic empowerment for tribal women -Role Models

by ANIMEDH CHARITABLE TRUST
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Economic empowerment for tribal women -Role Models
Economic empowerment for tribal women -Role Models
Economic empowerment for tribal women -Role Models
Economic empowerment for tribal women -Role Models
Economic empowerment for tribal women -Role Models
Economic empowerment for tribal women -Role Models
Economic empowerment for tribal women -Role Models
Economic empowerment for tribal women -Role Models
Economic empowerment for tribal women -Role Models
Economic empowerment for tribal women -Role Models
Economic empowerment for tribal women -Role Models
Economic empowerment for tribal women -Role Models
Economic empowerment for tribal women -Role Models
Economic empowerment for tribal women -Role Models
Economic empowerment for tribal women -Role Models
Economic empowerment for tribal women -Role Models
Economic empowerment for tribal women -Role Models
Destitute tribal women got one  month's staples
Destitute tribal women got one month's staples

Dear ACT Champion,

Greetings from Mumbai!

How are things on the Covid -19 situation and how are people doing, within your family and friends circle? We remain concerned and pray for everyone’s safety.

 In Mumbai, after 100 days of complete lockdown, the cases have continued to rise but life has to go on. Due to economic compulsions we are in a state of partial lockdown. Some of our centres  (after deep sanitization and prep for Covid prevention protocols: masks, hand sanitizing, social distancing, etc.) have opened and income generation activities have begun with a specified roster of artisans (working 4 hours each) limiting the numbers in a centre at a given time to 10 (as per government mandate).

In 7 other states of India, our 21 project coordinators are scouring hundreds of villages, meeting the community women and promoting Covid safety practices, social distancing and the importance of sanitation and hygiene. 

It is far worse in remote tribal villages of Dadra & Nagar Haveli (DNH). There is zero income in the distressed homes and we will have to find ways to support the most needy among them with survival rations and wages in the coming months.  More needs to be done and we count on our donors' support to partner with us for providing relief where it is needed the most.

Till date, we have sponsored the distribution of over 125 monthly staples to the destitute families in tribal villages and supported over 700 children, youth & women in tribal families. Some pics of the distribution of urgent staples have been captured and shared for your perusal.

18 of our community mental health workers based in DNH have been working diligently across 8 of the most backward villages and soing door to do family surveys to understand their emotional stress and other ill effects of the lockdown within the household, and to allay their anxieties.

We are so thankful for all the support that you have rendered to ACT and the projects' beneficiaries, and we are eager to reciprocate by passing it forward with diligence and integrity.

We wish the world heals soon and may we emerge stronger, safer and wiser. And we urge that the poorest of the poor remain in your prayers and heart. 

ACT worked with local grocer to feed 125+ families
ACT worked with local grocer to feed 125+ families
Community Connect partner Sr Julie in action
Community Connect partner Sr Julie in action
Grocery Packs prepared under Sr. Julie's watch
Grocery Packs prepared under Sr. Julie's watch
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Dear Donor,

 

We would like to sincerely thank you for your generous donations to Livelihood empowerment skills for 100 tribal women through GlobalGiving .Your support makes our work possible!

 

In the light of the Corona Virus pandemic, our project outcomes may get adversely affected. We pray for the well being of our beneficiaries as well as our donors, and in fact, all the people worldwide. 

We are taking all precautionery measures to tide over this tough period. To this end, we have curtailed all field visits by our project coordinators. We have also adopted the work from home policy starting today. We shall keep you posted about resuming our work in field. 

 

We also wish you and your loved ones to be safe and stress free.

 

Gratefully yours, NIVEDITA DESAI

nivedita.desai@animedhtrust.org

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We wish you a fantastic start to your new year 2020! Happy to share our latest newsletter which gives news from across our projects! Click here to know more http://animedhtrust.org/newsletter/2019dec/newsdec2019.html

Our project Role Models in Year 2 of the project have been engaged in income generation activities and seeing steady rise in their incomes.

In December , when our outreach M&E Coordinator - Sara visited them across the 15 villages, she had this to report:

1. Maini has planted brinjals, beans, pumkin and tomato each in separate fields. She earns rupees 7000 thousand per month by selling vegetables.

2. Niru runs dairy and grows vegetables. Every day she sells 25 litre milk in the market. One litre cost rupees 50 and earns rupees 37,500 per month. By selling vegetable she earns rupees 3000 thousand per month.

3.Kashi  has planted paddy, beans and brinjals

4. Babli has planted grams and brinjal

5. Shewanti has planted brinjal and preparing soil to plant some more vegetables.

6. Gulbi is growing Sanba and Pulses 

7. Radhu grows vegetables such as pumkin, maize, bitter guard raddish etc

8. Saku works on both Vegetable and dairy. Daily 10 litre milk. 1 litre milk rupees 50 and earns 15000 per month. Vegetables such as pulses, bean and sweet patato are grown on her organic farm.

9. Santi has 10 Gir cows in her dairy and gets 30 litre milk. 1 litre 50 rupees. She earns 45000 thousand per month.

10. Sangita has 2 Gir cows in her dairy and gets 8 litre milk. 1 litre 30 rupees. She earns 7200 thousand per month.

11. Sumitra grows vegetables and has planted sugarcane. She earns 7000 thousand per month.

12. Muni has 5 Gir cows in her dairy and gets 14 litre milk. 1 litre 50 rupees. She earns 21000 thousand per month.

13. Lucy 's cow is unable to produce milk, Baby cows expired.

14.. Kalpana has two cows and get 8 litre milk every day. 1 litre 50 rupees. She earns rupees 12000 per month.

15.Pushpa grows vegetables such as brinjals.

16. Sakuntala runs dairy and grows vegetable (sanba and pulses: She has two cows and get 8 litre milk every day. 1 litre 50 rupees. She earns rupees 14400 per month.

17.Meena runs dairy and grows vegetable (Brinjal and pulses: She has two cows and get 7 litre milk every day. 1 litre 50 rupees. She earns rupees 6300 per month.

18. Somi runs dairy and grows vegetable ( Wal and turi(pulses); Cow is pregnant with seven month so she can’t give milk.

19. Bunny runs dairy (cow is pregnant so doesn’t give milk) and grows vegetable(Brinjal and pumpkin).

20. Munni runs dairy, gets 14 litre milk and earns 12600 per month.

21. Savita sold one cow and one cow is pregnant.

22. Kamu grows vegatables such as pulses and sanba.

23. Kalpna has dairy business, 8 litre milk per day. 1 litre 50 rupees. Earns 9600 per month.

24. Radha vegetables such as brinjal, pulses, radish and applied for poultry under government scheme.

25. Ranjana earned 5200 by selling vegetables such as radish and pulses. Planted more vegetables.

26. Saku growsvegetables such as Chiili, tomato, pulses and brinjal.

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Dairy Farming Success for Mina
Dairy Farming Success for Mina

Here's wishing all our champion Donors a very Happy Diwali! Diwali is the widely celebrated Indian festival and we pray that this festival of lights dispels darkness, ignorance and evil from the lives of our beneficiary women and girls!

We started this project with your outstanding support in November 2018 and the year that passed has been eventful for Animedh Charitable Trust (ACT) as well as for our beneficiaries all over!

Throughout the year, the number of women undergoing vocational training under ACT for dairy or poultry or organic vegetable farming increased beyond 100 and final count was a stupendous 129 women! They were also given continuous mentorship and they went for numerous exposure visits so as to get them started on their income generation activities. As the women worked hard, we also understood that there were a lot of social injustices against them in the family, community and society. We chose an integrated approach by training 20 resource persons among them to become mental health counsellors and enabling their empowerment and sustainable livelihoods.

From among these 129, we identified 40 women that demonstrated higher income generation and enterpreneurial spirit. We also identified 2 full time supervisors - Sarita Bhusara from Warli community and Lata Mahala from Konkana community to hand hold, monitor and gulde the women to make market linkages over the next 3-4 months to enable increaseiin incomes upwards of INR 15000 each month sustainably. They interviewed the beneficiary women on last year's performance, sales, profit, savings, etc. and ascertained their interest in continuing further. The purpose behind this was to make them the role models within their village and communities and motivate others through their success. In the adivasi communities of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, there is a tendency to follow a proven path towards success and we are confident that many other women will emulate our champions and overcome financial, cultural and social hurdles and become financially empowered. Here are some of the inspiring stories:

Savita of Talavali village (Rudana District). expressed that after the project she has become self sufficient and doesn't need to ask her husband or in laws for money. She also expressed that their financial constraints had reduced and they were more comfortable now than ever before.

Mid way through the project, Dhaklu of Kherdi villafge (Aamboli District) discovered that she had cancer and was able to use her earnings from dairy farming for the cancer cure and medication, hospitalisation, etc.She will now sell her cows as she is unable to tend to them due to her illness. She felt that she would not have been able to survive without the treatment that she could afford thanks to her dairy income, 

Many others like Mina, Kalpana, Radhu, are part of Year 2 and are earning more than INR 10,000 and will continue to strive for higher earnings and greater goals like their children's college education, buying a two wheeler, etc and moving towards prosperity. 

It is thanks to your donation support and encouragement that the project has witnessed so many transformations among the vulnerable population of women, youth and children in Dadra Nagar Havel communities. We remain grateful for your support. 

Last but not least, ACT along with 2 of our Embroidery artisans Rukhsar and Rubina from Mumbai were invited by our Garment Partener to Milan, the Fashion Capital and were honoured on stage as the real heroes behing the brand I Was A Sari, which won the Green Carpet Award of Sustainable Fashion for respnsible disruption! It was a Milestone day for all of us and women everywhere that have overcome all kinds of adversities and excelled through their skill and grit and the world noticed and applauded!

Exposure visit to Setco Foundation Baroda
Exposure visit to Setco Foundation Baroda
Festival of Lights lighting up the hopes & dreams
Festival of Lights lighting up the hopes & dreams
Shining Examples of Success
Shining Examples of Success
The Artisans that weave magic of circular design
The Artisans that weave magic of circular design
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Village Mobilisation
Village Mobilisation

The economic empowerment of women is closely linked to their mental health. ACT organized an interactive art activity in partnership with Ummeed Child Development Center for our tribal women in Dadra & Nagar Haveli to mobilise the community and address issues of mental health & child development in a fun, engaging way. As always, we cherish your contributions that have enabled us to build capacity among the tribal women.

We're happy to share that our project Samruddhi - Livelihood Empowerment skills for 100 tribal women had a site visitor from Global Giving, who spent a whole day meeting our project supervisors, visiting villages and homes, having a home made lunch with our beneficiary's family and even being delighted to visit beneficiary Kamli's organic Mango farm to see the huge mangoes akin to the fruits of our project, which are thanks to you, dear donor! In addition to the past accreditations, we received the 'Site visited,  vetted and verified'  badge of honour! We are truly grateful to Abhijith the Global Giving Volunteer visitor, who made some astute observations and helpful suggestions to help improve the project effectiveness and overcome beneficiaries' challenges. In his words, 

"Greetings, 

 I would love to use this opportunity to thank you, for opening the doors of your organization and walk me through all the amazing work Animedh Charitable Trust is doing to help the people of Dadar and Nagar Haveli earn an alternate source of livelihood. It was an enlightening experience conversing with Nivedita ma’am to understand the organizations fundraising efforts, goals, and plans. My hope is that I was able to answer most of your questions related to the GlobalGiving platform and help introduce you to the new features that GlobalGiving has to offer. I would like to also take this opportunity to thank Sister Usha and the other sister(Sorry I cannot remember her name) for organizing and accompanying me on the field to see and experience organic farming, dairy farming, and poultry farming. The opportunity to converse with the program team helped me understand the many issues organizations face in regards to support from governmental agencies. It also helped me understand the difficulties faced by people every day."

Based on Abhijith's feedback we created a survey template to investigate the challenges of our beneficiaries w.r.t. their vocational activity - dairy farming and poultry farming.  Our implementation partner, Premankur informed that due to onset of monsoon, it is not a suitable time for the survey to be conducted in field as the beneficiaries will all be totally busy with their farming activity and will not be available. Hence we decided to start the survey in Mid August.

Since the challenges that emerged were to do with cows not yielding enough milk to be profitable and hens dying due to disease, we reached out to the government of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and the Head of Animal Husbandry division, Dr. Vijay Parmar to offer solutions and also to address the beneficiaries meeting to resolve some concerns relating to improving yield, subsidized animal feed, sale options beyond Government Dairy and profit potential. He also made a valuable suggestion to develop one or two highly motivated and successful examples of dairy farming, poultry farming or organic vegetable farming in each village cluster and seeing their success others will be motivated to follow. This concentration of effort on the lead beneficiaries will bring better focus and results will be far reaching.

 To improve our direct access to the project beneficiaries, assess needs and measure outcomes more accurately, we recruited Sara for the role of outreach coordinator with a graduate degree in social work and 3 years' experience of working in tribal areas with other NGOs, and hails from Dhamangav tribal village closeby. She joined on July 17 and underwent an induction program and an exposure visit with the project resource persons as well as project leader to SETCO Foundation, and will initiate the aforementioned survey  by mid- August. Sara will be based in Khanvel- DNH. She will lead the survey and data collection mentioned above. She will lead M&E to understand the impact of our intervention on our 100+ women beneficiaries.

 

Mina is a dairy farmer from Talavli village. Saku grows organic okra crop in a tiny hamlet of Khutli village. These women have overcome poverty, societal resistance & gender inequality to create earning opportunities for themselves and income for their families.This August, we’re raising money for fearless women like Mina & Saku via our @GlobalGiving Campaign, 'Little by Little' which starts in 10 days. Your combined contributions can transform the lives of these women and encourage a generation of female entrepreneurs in their wake.

 

Second Village Mobilisation through ART
Second Village Mobilisation through ART
Global Giving Visitor in Kamli's Organic Farm
Global Giving Visitor in Kamli's Organic Farm
Mina in her Dairy Farm
Mina in her Dairy Farm
Saku in her Organic Okra farm
Saku in her Organic Okra farm
Exposure Visit to SETCO FOUNDATION
Exposure Visit to SETCO FOUNDATION
Site Visit Verified Accreditation by Global Giving
Site Visit Verified Accreditation by Global Giving
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Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra - India
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ANIMEDH CHARITABLE TRUST
NIVEDITA DESAI
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