LIVELIHOOD PROMOTION OF TRIBAL WOMEN COLLECTIVES THROUGH APPLICATION OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
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).