Economic empowerment for tribal women -Role Models

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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
Role Model Kamli with her family
Role Model Kamli with her family

I'm delighted to share the story of our early beneficiary adivasi woman, Kamli and Jamani who are fantastic examples of a life transformed thanks to your donation support!

Kamli, a resident of Karjgav village, used to work a daily low wage job in a large company. However Kamli had bigger dreams. She heard about the local agarbatti (incense sticks) making course and gave up her day job to join it. Kamli became a member of the local women’s cooperative and decided to purchase 2 cows on loan under a subsidised government scheme. She underwent training for dairy farming as well as for organic vegetable farming, facilitated by ACT under the livelihood empowerment project for tribal women. Her dairy business became so successful that her husband quit his job and joined her.  Together they began producing vermi compost and used that to cultivate paddy. But Kamli was ambitious. She purchased poultry under another government scheme and started selling a full range of products such as compost, vegetables and eggs to her customers, creating and controlling the entire supply chain. From her humble beginnings, Kamli has become one of ACT’s most inspiring examples, displaying a spirit of initiative and entrepreneurship, paving the way for many other women to do the same. We hope to produce many more success stories like Kamli’s!

Jamani is from Rudana village in Dadra & Nagar Haveli. Like most adivasi women, she is marginalised and finds it difficult to get paid work, leading to severe hardships for her and her family. Desperate to earn some income, she left her house, built a small hut in the fields and moved there in order to cultivate vegetables. She joined ACT’s training program for organic vegetable farming. She now sells her produce in her village. Her papayas in particular are a hit with customers! She works with her husband and they are planning to expand their farm and grow their business. We’re so grateful to our donors for transforming Jamani’s life. Your contributions are what make success stories like these possible!

More than 75 women are being helped similarly to get skills training for Dairy farming, organic vegetable farming or poultry farming. They have also visited successful farms and learned how to generate income from their micro entrepreneurial activities. They are earning more and saving more than before. Therefore, they are able to take micro loans for additional purchase of animal livestock or feed supplies or important household expenses like children's education, vehicle purchase, etc.

Capacity Buidling: During our sensitisation workshops, our adivasi women beneficiaries shared their life's trials and challenges from which we gained the insight that the women are under tremendous strain and pressure in their homes, due to husband's waywardness, teenager's delinquencies, youth suicides, children's slow learning issues, etc. and therefore unable to cope and move forward successfully. Hence, in collaboration with Mental Health Category expert NGO - Ummeed, ACT launched a community mental health training program in Feb 2019, enrolled supervisors Sarita, Thopi and other women and youth of the communities to become  resource persons, providing guidance, counselling and hand holding to the beneficiaries and enable them to expand their capacities for earning and social participation more fully. This will improve outcomes in the lives of the women and their income generation and empowerment will increase substantially.

Jamani making a sustainable livelihood in Rudana
Jamani making a sustainable livelihood in Rudana
Mental Health Training community resource persons
Mental Health Training community resource persons
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Meeting with PM of India Mr Narendra Modi
Meeting with PM of India Mr Narendra Modi

Feeling privileged to be invited to meet the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, in Silvassa - by Dadra & Nagar Haveli Government, as a Adivasi / tribal women empowerment NGO representative.

ACT is making a Difference! Thank you for helping us to make a visible impact! Our Project Samruddhi Supervisors - Sarita and Thopi are in the pic too, presenting the Warli Painting on behalf of our Adivasi/ tribal women’s cooperative of Khanvel! 

ACT is in the News: The government of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is collaborating with ACT & our implementation partner Premankur to spread awareness and help build vocational skills capacity among Adivasi villages. Our supervisors also spread awareness of government resources and one stop centres for Adivasi women’s security and care. This is a great showcase for effective Government and NGO partnership for women empowerment!

We are conducting Capacity Building Workshops on Confidence Building, Financial awareness, entrepreneursjip and Awareness of Government schemes through Resource persons from across the neighbouring states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. 

Exposure visits to the Dairy, Poultry and Agriculture Centre - Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Valsad, Gujarat helped the GG Samruddhi beneficiaries enhance their learning by experience. 

We decided to catalyse our efforts on Project Samruddhi (Livelihoods) by working on the enablers that will address the challenges and ensure faster and better outcomes in the areas of Adivasi/ tribal community’s women and youth’s mental health and empowerment. Consequently, Project Samruddhi beneficiaries' mental well being and project outcomes will be positively impacted. 

In February 2019, we finalized 19-20 candidates across DNH adivasi /tribal villages as trainees for the Community Mental Health Training Program by Ummeed CDC - highly reputed non-profit foundation, have scrapped their own in house training in favour of doing an offsite training throughout the year (February 2019 – January 2020), to facilitate best participation of the trainees. At the end of the year long training these participants will be fully certified Mental Health Counsellors. 

Lastly, a significant development is that our Project Samruddhi has been shortlisted for the Global Giving special fundraising Campaign around Women's Day from Feb 28 - March 14 with Bonus Day on Women's Day - March 8. It is called the Girl Fund Campaign.

We urge you, dear donors, to become our advocates and spread word in your circle of influence to help the tribal underprivileged women of India that are eager to escape their destitution and emerge victorious and empowered. Please let us know if you can champion our cause and we shall work with together to make a bigger difference. Thank you very much!

Spreading Awareness with Government Collaboration
Spreading Awareness with Government Collaboration
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1st Update Report on Project Samruddhi

#34813 Livelihood Empowerment of 100 Tribal Women

Dear Global Giving Donors,

We are humbled and excited to share the 1st update report of our Project Samruddhi (Sanskrit word for Prosperity) which aims for livelihood and economic empowerment of 100 Tribal poor women in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, a tribal union territory of India, located on the borders of the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat

Thanks to your generous funding support, we launched the project in mid-October 2018, after receiving the 1st fund disbursement from Global Giving.

Here below is a summary of donations received, as a participating project in the ‘Global Giving September 2018 Accelerator’ (Qualifying criteria: 40 unique donors & minimum $5000 donations to be raised in the 3 week period – September 10 till October 2, 2018):

Sr. No         Target                                           Achieved by ACT         

1                  Minimum 40 Unique Donors          60 Unique Donors

2                  Minimum US$ 5000 to be raised    US$ 8063 raised

3                  Overall Target Fund Appealed       US $ 20,000

4                  Donations received in our account     US $ 6705.5

Project's donation appeal status: Open to receive donations till target of US $ 20, 000 is reached.

We thank you, dear supporters and donors for helping us to raise $ 8063 till date and qualifying for a permanent listing on the Global Giving crowdfunding worldwide portal. We truly appreciate our donors who opted for the recurring donation option. Your continued support makes a big difference to our impact scale.

Whilst ACT has achieved the first milestone a lot more needs to be done to reach the final milestone of US$ 20000 for the project.

Please share the project link among your friends and family with your strong endorsement.


Please see here below our update of actions taken so far:


Sr. No         Action                                            Status                  Remarks

1             Recruitment of Project coordinator     Done                    Joined from October 15

2             Recruitment of  Supervisors               Done                     Joined from Nov 1

3             Presentation to the Government         Done                     Met on Nov 22 

4            Enrolment form template                     Done                       In local languages 

5            Project launch awareness drive           Done                

6            Enrolment of 100 target beneficiaries Ongoing                 75 enrolled

7            Supervisors’ Activity Schedule Plan   In Progress            Will be complete by mid- December

8             Fund transfer for implementation       Done                    1st month’s tranche of  US $ 700 transferred to

                                                                                                       on-ground NGO partner, Premankur

We are continuously working to generate funds to reach the target of US $ 20,000 from its Donors and is also looking out for new donors. Along with your continued support if you can also support ACT by referring your friends and family then ACT would reach out these potential Donors to ensure the final milestone is reached earlier. We shall continue to keep you updated about our progress every quarter. Our beneficiaries also join us in thanking you for the opportunity of vocational skills training and income generation.


Thank you & wishing you Compliments of the Season,

Nivedita Desai – Managing Trustee

Animedh Charitable Trust (ACT)

December 7, 2018


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