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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.