Positive Stories

January 18, 2021

Doll story: Ranchi resident Shobha Kumari creates indigenous dolls steeped in Jharkhand’s culture and helps tribal women earn a living

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Vocal For Local initiative, Kumari of Srijan Handicrafts has so far trained more than a thousand women to make dolls of clay and sawdust. Ten of them have gone on to set up their own enterprises and earn up to Rs 25,000 a month. She also employs about 35 women who make up to Rs 12,000 a month.

Neetu Singh
January 16, 2021

Youth power: Swami Vivekananda’s vision is kept alive by Agrini in Madhya Pradesh, which inspires positive change

The Seoni-based group, which has people from diverse backgrounds, works in the fields of education, agriculture, health and polity to encourage educated decision-making, instil values in students using innovative methods and create awareness about one’s rights.

Sunil Kumar Gupta
January 14, 2021

Dots and Dashes: Pongal and the fine art of community kolams in Tamil Nadu

Have you ever stopped to stare at the designs that grace the threshold and frontyard of almost every home on the street? I have, and I also keep an eye on how many people pause by my doorway and admire my kolam.

Subha J Rao
January 12, 2021

Tigers and a Tale: How smokeless chulhas and saris-turned-mahua-nets are helping reduce human-tiger conflict in Melghat Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra

Smokeless chulhas, handicraft-making and innovations in collecting mahua flowers have ensured villagers around the Melghat Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra don’t spend too much time deep inside the forest. But their rehabilitation process has come under some fire.

Deepanwita Gita Niyogi
January 9, 2021

Farewell To Alms: How 200 beggars in Lucknow have become self reliant by setting up micro-businesses

According to the 2011 Census, Uttar Pradesh has 65,835 beggars and a large number of them live in its capital city Lucknow. Their numbers have risen since then, but one man’s initiative is trying to rehabilitate them and provide them with dignity and a livelihood.

Neetu Singh
January 6, 2021

Fishing For Profits: Women who have taken up aquaculture as a means of livelihood in Odisha take the help of technology to improve their yield

The farmer-scientist interface initiated by the Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture has yielded significant results as nearly 10,000 women in rural Odisha, are practising aquaculture as a sustainable source of income.

Gurvinder Singh
January 4, 2021

Mahua and millet cookies: Marginalised rural women in Chhattisgarh bake and sell cookies made of traditional grains

The Jay Maa Kali self-help group in Kudalgaon village of Bastar district, which comprises 11 women, bakes cookies with little millet, kodo, finger millet and other traditional grains, scented with mahua blossoms. The group has earned about Rs 20,000 in two months.

Deepanwita Gita Niyogi
December 3, 2020

Hatching Ideas: As men lose jobs in the COVID-19 pandemic, rural women in West Bengal rear ducks to supplement family incomes

With a dip in family income with their men losing jobs in the pandemic, nearly 2,000 women in rural Cooch Behar take up duck rearing for a livelihood.

Gurvinder Singh
November 28, 2020

In a first, anganwadi kids, and pregnant and lactating women in Odisha to receive fish as part of their diet

The Odisha government launches a pilot project to introduce fish and fish-based products to anganwadi kids and pregnant and lactating women in Mayurbhanj, a predominantly tribal district, where 43.5% of children under-5 years are stunted (low height-for-age) and 45.6% of pregnant women are anaemic.

Shivani Gupta
November 12, 2020

Diwali Special: Unique diyas that stay alight up to twenty four hours

Ashok Chakradhari, a potter from Chhattisgarh has used his traditional skills with a dash of science to come up with an oil lamp that can burn uninterrupted for an entire day.

Tameshwar Sinha