Empowering Women to Thrive

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$10,450 $29,000
Project Code: IND-MUS-EWT-P01


This project focusses on three key aspects that contribute to poverty in remote villages in northern India: a lack of access to clean water, a lack of sanitation facilities and food insecurity. Our partners have worked in this area for 20 years. Pilot programs were run to gauge community interest and fine-tune the roll out. Four water systems and four greenhouses will be constructed over the two years in a joint effort with village women. Vegetables grown will improve nutrition (a major issue in this area) and provide cash crops for sale to the nearest big town. A dairy farm will be set up in the second year to demonstrate effective animal husbandry and to provide sustainable employment training.

Why support this:

We love that this project is targeting the keys to breaking poverty in this area. We also appreciate the wise way each village has been chosen over the years. By choosing villages where success is most guaranteed, our partner is building enthusiasm for other villages to participate. We value the holistic nature of our partner’s approach, working on interlinked issues which, when solved together, provide the greatest chance for breaking intergenerational poverty.


Year 1 budget $29,000. Total budget for two years: $46,200.

The Need:

This is an extremely poor part of India. The men of the villages are often away in larger towns trying to earn an income to send home. There are no toilets or taps, and electricity is rare. Women work hard in the fields and then have to travel long distances to collect drinking water. Changing weather patterns have resulted in reduced crop yields, therefore malnutrition is a major problem. The lack of sanitation and clean water means health is poor for everyone, but particularly for pregnant women and infants.

Life Change:

  • Economic stability for widows reduces dependency on other family members and their children can go to school
  • Less time spent collecting water increases opportunities to undertake other income generating activities, or even just to draw breath
  • Increased water supply improves health through higher yields and quality of agricultural products
  • Self-help group members can independently access bank services, loans and improve their social status

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