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My Farmer Father

"My father is a farmer but he doesn't want me to become one. Is farming a bad occupation?" 

- I was asked this question by a five year old school boy in village 'Baag', Karsog district of Himachal Pradesh. I decided that day that I am going to work to change this. Farming after all, cannot be bad. It is in fact, the very basis of civilization and the true way of living with nature.

Then what is it, that our farmers are running away from? The answer, i discovered, lies in the way our modern markets are functioning. The farmers are forced to give up their native cultivations and take to chemical intensive farming, which makes them susceptible to market risks and gradually lose yields over time. The skewed policies have made them abandon the sustainable methods of traditional agri systems. This has increased the cost of cultivation and has put their own income/ food security at risk.

It has been six years now, 

since I first started working in this district. The movement to strengthen the traditional agri roots has gained pace and the farmers have formed a self-help group (SHG) to work together. The SHG is snowballing its influence into other villages and around 150 farmer families have come together.

The SHG needs these funds for two things: 
1 - To build and repair the 'gharat' i.e. the water mill, so as to process the grains in the village itself. The cost of this is approx Rs 1.25 lacs. This will go a long way to bring these farmers up the value chain, make the produce high in nutrition and get their incomes to a respectable level.

2-  To take up a training program for more than a 100 farmers from the area, focused on sustainable hill rice cultivation methods. An amount of 25000 would cover transport, boarding and lodging of the resource persons and the participants. The impact of this training can reach up to 1000 cultivators through farmer to farmer exchanges.

If they are able to do these, then the children of these villages will not have to leave their homes, and can take up their family farms with pride and dignity.

They are trying to help themselves. Can you lend a hand?

(Village Baag - site location)
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3rd November 2019
Dear Donors,

I am happy to share a good news with all of you. All your support and the promise that we made to you has come true today. The main mistry (craftperson/mason) declared that today was an auspicious day to inaugurate the Water Mill (Gharat).

After almost 3 years of attempts, effort by the village group it is with delight that I share that we have completed the water mill. It took blood, sweat and tears (all three literally) and a whole lot of good wishes from all of you to make this happen.

I thank you all for being part of this journey with us thus far and leave you with the final impressions of today. Please do take pride in the fact that it is also  your contribution which has helped raise capacity at a small village in the corner of mountain in Himachal Pradesh and make a difference to their livelihoods.

Do not hesitate to contact us back at - jaivikhaat@gmail.com - in case we can help get some packs of the ground atta to you, if there is interest.

A wholesome thank you again for making this happen!

As promised here are the images of the functional water mill and with this the project stands closed from our side. Do see our other work ongoing work here - https://gramdisha.wordpress.com/ - and be in touch at graamdishaa@gmail.com - for any future interests.


















Dear Donors,

I am happy to share a good news with all of you. All your support and the promise that we made to you has come true today. The main mistry (craftperson/mason) declared that today was an auspicious day to inaugurate the Water Mill (Gharat).

After almost 3 years of attempts, effort by the village group it is with delight that I share that we have completed the water mill. It took blood, sweat and tears (all three literally) and a whole lot of good wishes from all of you to make this happen.

I thank you all for being part of this journey with us thus far and leave you with the final impressions of today. Please do take pride in the fact that it is also  your contribution which has helped raise capacity at a small village in the corner of mountain in Himachal Pradesh and make a difference to their livelihoods.

Do not hesitate to contact us back at - jaivikhaat@gmail.com - in case we can help get some packs of the ground atta to you, if there is interest.

A wholesome thank you again for making this happen!

As promised here are the images of the functional water mill and with this the project stands closed from our side. Do see our other work ongoing work here - https://gramdisha.wordpress.com/ - and be in touch at graamdishaa@gmail.com - for any future interests.


















12th March 2018
Hello,

We are continually posting photos of the progress in building the Gharaat at this link -https://photos.app.goo.gl/bjVk6NoDkE415EL83.

About 60% of the structural works in traditional Himachali dry stone masonry is done. Till now the total sustainability is 100% since stone is used from the nearby riverbed or waste stone around the village which is available in plenty and recycled.

Manual labour is used for dry masonry without any ex-situ material such as cement or steel. Thus making this structure 100% sustainable. Even the door, frame and window grills are recycled from member farmers household spares.

Please do check it out!

Thank you for the support. 

Hello,

We are continually posting photos of the progress in building the Gharaat at this link -https://photos.app.goo.gl/bjVk6NoDkE415EL83.

About 60% of the structural works in traditional Himachali dry stone masonry is done. Till now the total sustainability is 100% since stone is used from the nearby riverbed or waste stone around the village which is available in plenty and recycled.

Manual labour is used for dry masonry without any ex-situ material such as cement or steel. Thus making this structure 100% sustainable. Even the door, frame and window grills are recycled from member farmers household spares.

Please do check it out!

Thank you for the support. 

7th March 2018
Hello All,

Please see the documentary process signed on by farmers of Muskaan Jaivik SHG members and the farmer owners of the worn down Gharaat which we are in the process of reviving.



In addition please see details of our expenditure for doing the workshop and balances as -

https://goo.gl/BTfvx7

Accordingly balance funds are to be used by the group farmers for the rebuilding of work out water mill.

Again - updates of the construction shall be posted on this link - https://photos.app.goo.gl/bjVk6NoDkE415EL83

Should anyone of the donors or your friends wish to visit our location we will be happy to host you. Details of upcoming workshops etc are on the website - https://muskaanjaivik.wordpress.com/

Thank you all donors for assisting us in this endeavor.



Hello All,

Please see the documentary process signed on by farmers of Muskaan Jaivik SHG members and the farmer owners of the worn down Gharaat which we are in the process of reviving.



In addition please see details of our expenditure for doing the workshop and balances as -

https://goo.gl/BTfvx7

Accordingly balance funds are to be used by the group farmers for the rebuilding of work out water mill.

Again - updates of the construction shall be posted on this link - https://photos.app.goo.gl/bjVk6NoDkE415EL83

Should anyone of the donors or your friends wish to visit our location we will be happy to host you. Details of upcoming workshops etc are on the website - https://muskaanjaivik.wordpress.com/

Thank you all donors for assisting us in this endeavor.



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Rs.167,200 raised

Goal: Rs.150,000

Beneficiary: Muskaan Jaivik SHG info_outline

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