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Meera’s journey: From selling vegetables to contesting Panchayat election
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Meera’s journey: From selling vegetables to contesting Panchayat election

Meera, a 28-year-old woman from Gulganj Village in Madhya PradeshÔÇÖs Chhatarpur district, is a mother of three young children. Even though she couldnÔÇÖt pursue her education beyond high school, and was married off early, she never gave up on her dreams and aspirations to do something big in ...

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From veiled existence to a Panchayat representative
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From veiled existence to a Panchayat representative

Parvati Sahoo from Mugwari vilage, chhatrapur district, Madhya Pradesh has always had the zeal and determination to win against all odds. She was among the few educated women from her village, who have completed secondary education. But married at 17 years of age her story was not di...

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From a housewife to a working woman
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From a housewife to a working woman

Preety Yadav works as a nutrition volunteer in Hateri Village in Tikamgarh district, Madhya Pradesh as a part of CARE India’s Nutrition project (MPNP). Bound by conventional gender roles of an ideal wife, mother and a daughter-in-law, Preety had been living a mundane life ever sinc...

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Seed Exchange Fair. Promoting traditional seeds conservation, and climate change adaptation
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Seed Exchange Fair. Promoting traditional seeds conservation, and climate change adaptation

With over 127 agro-climatic zones, the Indian agricultural landscape is a diverse one. For paddy alone, there are over 1 lakh indigenous varieties cultivated in the country. Out of these, Chhattisgarh cultivates approximately 19,000 indigenous varieties. For the abundance of these varieties, qu...

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Timely help and counselling saves new-born from neonatal sepsis
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Timely help and counselling saves new-born from neonatal sepsis

Born on November 30, 2015, Happy Anand’s story is one of survival, reiterating the importance of front line health workers, and first responders in remote villages still struggling with access to healthcare. The family residing in Baijnathpur village, Sourbzar Block, Saharsa, Bihar f...

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One born every two seconds
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One born every two seconds

Her first four children each died of asphyxiation during delivery. The 30 year old’s fifth – a baby girl – was born safely at home, and against all odds. However, when the same expectant mother entered Bihar’s district hospital last Friday, to deliver her sixth baby, she&nb...

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Hamari Prathmiktha “Swachh Jal”
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Hamari Prathmiktha “Swachh Jal”

Flora Khalkho is a happy woman today. But it was not long ago when, she and around 18 other families from Oraon tribal community of two hamlets of Jamjunwani village, Pathalgaon block, Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh were facing issues related to the availability of quality safe drinking water...

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Quality, the new mantra for small scale milk producers
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Quality, the new mantra for small scale milk producers

India, with a population of 1.25 billion, have around 120 million cows and buffalos, and over 70 million small and large scale dairy farms. At present, the livestock sector contributes nearly 4 per cent of India’s GDP, and the dairy industry comprises of a lion’s share of the total livestoc...

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With grit and courage, she became a Hero
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With grit and courage, she became a Hero

Arna Majhi, a 45-year-old, tribal woman from Boringpadar village, in Narla Block, Bhawanipatna, Orissa, lives with her husband, and her daughter. Today she works as an animator with CARE India at a Farmer Field School (FFS) under project Pathways, inspiring other women to adopt modern agricultu...

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Husenara Bibi – A Change Agent
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Husenara Bibi – A Change Agent

Husenara Bibi a 25-year-old woman, is a part of a Common Interest Group (CIG) called ‘Rajina’. She lives in a village called Khiri, which is part of the Bankura district of West Bengal. Through her involvement with this group she learnt about the benefits of developing a Nutrition Gar...

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There is no smallholder agriculture without women
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There is no smallholder agriculture without women

As per the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), rural women in developing countries play an active role in small-scale agriculture, currently accounting for 43 percent of the global agricultural labour force. Women produce more than half of all food worldwide. This despite having lesser acc...

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Passionate Nutrition volunteer helps 34 children bounce back from Malnutrition
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Passionate Nutrition volunteer helps 34 children bounce back from Malnutrition

This remarkable is story of Anuradha Yadav, a Nutrition Volunteer from Tikamgarh district’s Kamlanagar village whose tenacity and commitment for combating malnutrition helped 34 children beat severe malnutrition and bounce back to normal health.  Kamlanagar is one of the 305 high...

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