Empowering villages in Rural India

by Seva Mandir
Nov 6, 2013

Your Contribution Strengthen Women Confidence

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Seva Mandir.

 Today I thought of sharing with you the story of how in the village of Kaloda, the sense of community fostered with the help of Seva Mandir support.

Kaloda village comprises mix caste population. Villagers are in contact with Seva Mandir since last one year and they have proposed Pastureland Development work in village meeting, making Seva Mandir as the implementing agency.

Seva Mandir started the work of pastureland development as an implementing agency under MGNREGA (a government program). Initially there were many encroachments of local villagers in pastureland site so the village group (with the help of Seva Mandir) had several meetings and got the encroachments removed after many efforts. After 2 weeks some villagers again encroached on some part of pastureland. This time village women came forward and fought with the encroachers. The womenfolk of the village not only removed the encroachment but also they got completed MGNREGA work (application, wall construction, plantation etc.) on time with quality. Maximum labour on MGNREGA work on this site were women only.

It was women’s effort that they removed encroachments and completed the pastureland work. Women asked Seva Mandir to start women saving group in their village. On their request, Village Development Group was formed in Kaloda village with a current membership of 85 households. Committee elections will be held in the village once the membership is complete. Through the efforts made by women, the pastureland is now safe and one person from village has been appointed by villagers to guard it. 

As you can see, this has been an incredibly success for the villagers. Every donation helps Seva Mandir provide training and workshops so that these communities can learn how to effectively manage their own development. With your help, these communities are not simply passive recipients of aid; they are taking matters into their own hands.

Thank you so much for your help and support.


Atul Lekhra 



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Seva Mandir

Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan - India
Website: http://www.sevamandir.org
Project Leader:
Priyanka Singh
Executive Director
Udaipur, Rajasthan India
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