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  • Chinnapan models a brighter future for women as entrepreneurs
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    Chinnapan models a brighter future for women as entrepreneurs

    Role models are the support systems that help women entrepreneurs strike a balance between their households and enterprises to bring about positive change in their lives and livelihoods. These people are formally trained as part of CARE India’s Women Leadership in Small and Medium Enterprises (WLSME) to help women with household chores as well as in the bus... Read More

  • Microenterprise success generated by confidence and creditworthiness
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    Microenterprise success generated by confidence and creditworthiness

    27 year old Dhanalakshmi lives in Mutharasankuppam with her husband Thanikachalam and their two sons. Her parents’ economic condition forced her to abandon her education after 8th standard and she started working as labor at a cashew factory. Her husband Thankachalam was not from a very economically sound background either and even though Dhanalakshmi continued... Read More

  • Small Tribal Tea Farms emerging as Knowledge Banks
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    Small Tribal Tea Farms emerging as Knowledge Banks

    ´╗┐I am always amazed by the tribal world, which is altogether a different world resplendent with traditional wisdom and indigenous practices. Recently, many of us happen to witness how tribal women across the country voiced their concern regarding mining in certain parts of  Odisha, and the solidarity ... Read More

  • Skill Development Initiatives of CARE in Tamil Nadu
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    Skill Development Initiatives of CARE in Tamil Nadu

    CARE India focuses on empowering women and girls from the poor and marginalized communities by equipping them with required skills, facilitating access to resources, markets and services and by influencing systems, processes and policies. CARE’s approach towards women empowerment involves the triad of agency, structure and relations Read More

  • From black tea to milk tea: The story of Desar Bhai
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    From black tea to milk tea: The story of Desar Bhai

    It was a sunny day in Bhuj as we made our way to Faulaivanth village, in Abdasa block, in Kutch area of Gujarat. Seeing the arid landscape for a hundred kilometers and more, it was easy to understand why Kutch is one of the most unforgiving places on earth, with 36 of the last 90 years being drought years. Most Kutc... Read More

  • A candle in the darkness
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    A candle in the darkness

    Usha Karthikeyan of Mutharasankuppam village in Cuddalore, Tamilnadu has been involved in a small scale cashew processing business for the past 10 years. Before she got married, she knew only about raw nuts and had very little knowledge about cashew processing. She and her husband did not have any property except the house they lived in. As the... Read More

  • Promoting Collective Action to Increase Tribals’ Access to Forest
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    Promoting Collective Action to Increase Tribals’ Access to Forest

    Tentulipadar is an un-surveyed village in Karlapat Sanctuary in Kalahandi, Odisha. Prior to declaration of Karlapat as a Sanctuary in 1992, there were seven tribal families residing in Tentulipadar, all of whom were dependent on agriculture and NTFPs for income and survival. These tribals claim to have settled in this region even before Indepen... Read More

  • Secure Land Rights for Forest Health and Secured Incomes
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    Secure Land Rights for Forest Health and Secured Incomes

    Baimaha is one of the villages of Kandhamal district in Odisha where CARE India is implementing the Pathways project. The village comprises of 18 households, all belonging to Scheduled Tribes community, with a total population of 89 persons (44 males; 45 females).  Read More

  • Access to Land as a Trigger for Reducing Vulnerabilities
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    Access to Land as a Trigger for Reducing Vulnerabilities

    Jeeva (name changed) is a member of the Self-Help Group (SHG) in Barepanga village being supported and strengthened by CARE India, under its Pathways initiative in Kandhamal district in Odisha. When Jeeva lost her husband she was left with no source of income and hardly any assets, except for a small piece of land of 2 acres in the nearby forest.... Read More

  • Irula Tribals mainstreamed!
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    Irula Tribals mainstreamed!

    On a typical day of May, when many parts of the country are in the midst of heatwaves and scorching sun; we decided to visit one of our post tsunami livelihood intervention in coastal Tamil Nadu. In the aftermath of Tsunami, lives were lost and livelihood destroyed of many poor and marginalized communities living in the coastal area. Rebuilding... Read More

  • Proper animal healthcare is a must
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    Proper animal healthcare is a must

    In a situation where crops were seasonal, literacy skills insufficient, and habitations remote, poverty and marginalization became the main features of oneÔÇÖs lives. To enhance their livelihoods, the communities in the Kutch District of Gujarat turned to dairy farming for securing a regular income. The incomes did become more regular, but profits gained was not ... Read More

  • Children continue to smile…..even in the face of disasters
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    Children continue to smile…..even in the face of disasters

    In late January 2014, we got an opportunity to visit the riot stricken areas of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli, These two districts of UP were hit by a communal upsurge in late September last year. Nearly a thousand families were dislocated and had to live in the 27 relief camps, which were spread across the two places. Aid in terms of food, shelter and clothing were p... Read More

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