Livelihood Project for Distressed Women | Milaap
Livelihood Project for Distressed Women
of Rs.3,00,000
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    Feedem Foundation
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    This fundraiser will benefit

    Sana Arora

    from Mumbai, Maharashtra

On the occasion of Diwali, The Feed'em movement aims to brighten the lives of women in distress. We are working with Jasmine Farmers in Mokhada, Maharashtra and Women looking to switch jobs in red light areas of Benaras, Uttar Pradesh.


The agricultural productivity of Mokhada is low owing to multiple causative factors. Apart from sloppy terrain and lack of irrigation facilities, the lack of initial capital is a major stumbling block to the farming practices in the area.
Secondly, there is a dearth of technical know-how among farmers that increases the cost of production and prone to contingencies such as crop damage. Also, the agricultural produce in the region is characterized by the limited cropping pattern of growing rice or finger millet that often leads to seasonal unemployment for farmers and other agricultural laborers forcing them to migrate to cities.
Thus, this livelihood programme aims at increasing employmentopportunities  and reducing forced migration from the villages and engaging in water solutions and agricultural innovations to impact the quality of life of the tribals. In addition, farmers are being encouraged to grow jasmine plants, as these saplings need very little input cost and time, but the revenue generated is manifold.  
We will include Women SHGs in Jasmine cultivation programme ensuring a regular income for years to come.

• Increased levels of income
• Reduction in migration
• Transfer of technology to the women farmers
• Imparting the good agricultural practices
• Increase in the overall agricultural productivity of the region by introducing new variety of crops

Beneficiaries: Farmers and their families from Mokhada region

Target beneficiaries: Women farmers (and their families) will be direct beneficiaries. 200 women farmers are looking to start their business with jasmine plantations

Cost - Donation of Rs 3000 will benefit a single woman farmers to buy 200 seeds and saplings.

Expected Outcomes:  (if supported for more than 2 years)
  • Produce 30 kgs of Jasmine every day for 6 months, this will continue for 12 years
  • Farmers will earn around Rs. 500 per day from Jasmine cultivation by laboring for 3 hours in the morning
  • Migration will be 0 among the families covered
  • Increase in technical knowledge of famers:  Farmers adopt at least 2 – 3 good agriculture practices
  • Increase in standard of living: Farmers take up land development activities, build their kucctha houses into concrete, purchase vehicles, spend on children’s education.
  • Farmers increase their saving significantly.
  • Indirect output: Decrease in migration of village by 50%


Socio economical background of beneficiaries :

Varanasi is cultural, traditional and a religious city where religion, caste and gender is practiced very strongly. Often women are identified as Daughter, Sister, wife, mother instead of a human being. Due to this practice they are subjected to tremendous violence, which lead them not to raise their voices and if they try to raise their voices for their own rights and others, they are hit by their character or defamed of being an ideal woman. After their marriage, some are treated as a slave, they are beaten very badly and some are even burnt alive, they are not allowed to work and are so dependent that they cannot leave their husband as the Society, Police, administration and Politics support the patriarchal structure.
Due to extreme poverty women who lost their husband, Dalit women, Women who are thrown out of family and their children force themselves into commercial sex trade without disclosing their identity. Some Children are trafficked and others are sold by their own parents in the open market to take care of their basic needs like food and shelter.

Brief about the project
 Through this project we will be donating the funds to 8 women who were are victim survivors of trafficking. SARC, our on ground agency will be helping them to set up small scale business like Tea Stall, Fruits and vegetable vending, Road side Market and Rajma-Chawal Stall.

- Earning capacity of Rs 8000-10000 per month after 6-8 months. An uplift from current benchmark of Rs 4000 per month
- Reliable and trusted source of legal income
- Treatment of women with equality
- Financial independence for women and their families

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