In the tribal Jawhar region of Maharashtra, where we have been working, the hilly terrain doesn't hold water. Water sources dry up by December, and farms lie idle. There is substantial seasonal migration to urban areas for earning livelihood during summer season. The area suffers from poverty and malnutrition.
The Covid pandemic has worsened the already bleak conditions. Men have not been able to migrate and find jobs, both due to travel restrictions as well slowdown in construction projects. Women struggle for water, and to keep the families fed. Summer is the worst period, since the land offers no foraging opportunities.
The IIMWSA #VibrantVillages team has been working towards the goal of a self-reliant vibrant rural India, with a special focus on water management, rural livelihoods and empowerment of women. Water sufficiency is key to rural self-sufficiency. We have been constructing rainwater harvesting structures and mobilizing the village community to work for natural resource conservation. Along with water projects, we are also executing livelihood projects for improvement in the financial condition of the area. We need a vibrant rural India that offers opportunities for people to live in dignity.
Phase 1 (Completed): A set of 5 projects were completed in Aptale and Chotyachiwadi village in April-May 2020.
- Employment generation for 57 villagers
- Water for 350 families
- Recharging of ground water aquifer levels, and access to surface water post-monsoon
Phase 2 (Completed): 2 projects have been completed in Apatale and Faralepada, generating employment for 65 villagers, helping 225 households that faced water storage and reducing women’s drudgery by building a pathway to the well.
Phase 3 (Completed):
- Group Vegetable Farming of okra, covering 40 farmers across 4 villages): Successfully did a pilot to grow and market bhindi. - Distribution of 80 water wheels
- eSakhi: Trained and provided equipment to 17 tribal women to become digital intermediary entrepreneurs, bringing various digital services to their respective villages.
Phase 4 (Current Phase):
- Expanding eSakhi to more villages
- Building 2 earthern checkdams (bandharas) in Telichapada
- Repair and maintenance of previous water structures
- Distribution of 80 water wheels
Phase 5 (Future Projects in Planning):
- Expanding the Bhindi farming to a collective of 100 farmers
- Tree plantation
- Backyard garden farming
We seek your ongoing support to work long term on these initiatives.