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CARD is proud to be a part of a worldwide movement - Women + Water Alliance, partnering with WaterAid India. CARD ensures water security and water safety by improving water quality through regular water quality monitoring and motivating people to opt for water harvesting/conservation structures at the local level. The program contributes to the well-being of women and youth of rural communities in the southwest part of Madhya Pradesh. CARD, through this project, has trained over 1000 panchayat representatives and village volunteers formed and strengthened village water and sanitation committees in more than 400 villages, and impacted over 3,00,000 people in Dhar & Dewas.
The project involves creating awareness about water quality, training volunteers in water testing, quality control, recording and assimilating data, forming water security plans, making water harvesting structures, and leveraging government services to improve waterworks infrastructure. Presently, we are also helping the departments in the successful implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission - a flagship scheme of the central government, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation through the preparation of Village Action Plans by community participation in these districts.

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Partnering with DST – Dept. of Science and Technology – CARD is working for the overall development of Tribal women in the Ghughri area of Mandla district. Most of our efforts about this program involve bringing innovation to the tribals to sustainably harvest NFTP- Non-forest Timber products such as Jamun, Honey, and Mahua. We are working with 2000 tribal women to produce organic vinegar sustainably. The program involves training the women, building SHGs (Self Help Groups), technology sharing for the processing and storage of vinegar and quality control, field trials, and product marketing. Through this project, we have successfully achieved livelihood protection, forest conservation by sustainable harvesting practices, and improvement in the quality of life of the women by upskilling them and promoting entrepreneurship, achieving an income increment of 30% among the target group.

CARD in association with Madhya Pradesh Mahila Vitta Evam Vikas Nigam/ Tejaswani has capacitated women from over 5300 households through 436 SHGs, formed 71 VLCs and opened accounts for 274 groups and savings during 2010-13. The project established linkages with state level schemes arranged training on Stitching, Organic farming & Soya Processing, SRI and Vegetable Cultivation, Plantation, Mulberry, etc.


Tribal Woman Agricultural Transformation

Under the Mahila Kisan Sashkatikaran Pariyojna, an ambitious pilot project of NRLM, 4500 woman farmers were empowered in diversified farming activities from 92 Villages of Mandla & Dindori Districts during 2011-2014. The project aimed at building capacities of the women farmers by creating a cadre of 500 strong Community Resource Persons (CRPs).


Safe Tourism Destination for Women in Madhya Pradesh

Partnering with Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board, CARD is proactively working for boosting tourism in Madhya Pradesh by providing safe tourist destinations in the rich cultural centre of India. The overall objective of the first phase of 3-year project is to increase the visibility of women by creating a workforce at the tourist destinations, so that any solo woman traveller or women travelling in groups feel safe and secure. Empowering the women will boost the economy of the destinations, by creating space for larger tourist footfall, branding the state of Madhya Pradesh as Safe.


Project Objectives:

  • Provide safe, secure and women friendly environment in and around tourist destinations

  • Enhance women’s confidence and desire to visit tourist destinations without any fear of violence and safety.

  • Development of women-friendly spatial designs, identifying and maintenance of infrastructural gaps

  • Convergence with local government bodies like police department, and private hotel associations, transport associations,

  • Provide information and advisories about available resources and timely support services using technology

  • Provide self-defence training to women and girls from the age of 13 years and above

  • Promote women workforce participation in tourism activities through orientation and skill enhancement programs

  • Provide job opportunities to women through employment and self-employment activities in tourist destinations

  • Promote community participation and awareness on women safety

  • Formation of legal bodies and federations to organize local community intended for safety of women

  • Strengthening the concept of “Atithi Devo Bhava” to build the belief of safety among all women tourists visiting the state



When the challenge of  asymmetry in performance of Self help groups (SHGs) and of community institutions like SHG federations in the Umarban area of Malwa region presented itself, we saw an opportunity to contribute. Partnering with E&Y, we undertook an initiative to strengthen 2200 women SHGs, impacting 24000 women. Our work ranging from capacity building and structural development to training and  financial inclusion provides structural , operational and financial stability to the SHGs and community institutions leading to holistic development through women and empowerment.

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