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  • Subsistence to Sustenance
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    Subsistence to Sustenance

    An Adivasi woman and a resident of Kharapara a small hamlet of Jamjunwani village of Pathalgaon block in Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh, Kalpana lives with her husband and three children. She has never attended school and couldn’t even remember when she got married.  She along with her husband owns three acres of land and they cultivate paddy to feed... Read More

  • Manjula: An entrepreneur in her own right
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    Manjula: An entrepreneur in her own right

    31-year-old Manjula, lives with her husband, two kids and in-laws in the Panruti block of Tamil Nadu. Her family, like many others in the village, depends on cashew processing for livelihood. Manjula is someone CARE has helped grow through the Women Leadership in Small and Medium Enterprises (WLSME) program. During the three-year-long program, CARE... Read More

  • Watching the World Through the Gender Lens
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    Watching the World Through the Gender Lens

    I am a passionate agribusiness professional, but I could never imagine that a job would provide me with a learning platform, the way CARE India has. I have always wanted to work for the empowerment of women through the livelihood route. Even as a child, my parents enrolled me into a coeducational institution, and they made sure that I was sensitized about gender ... Read More

  • In her strength lies the power of progress
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    In her strength lies the power of progress

    Surya Kanti lives in the Biraguda village of Kandhamal district in Odisha. She comes from a community where girls getting married at early ages is the norm; her situation was no different from the others. When CARE India’s Pathways initiated a women’s SHG (Self Help Group) in the area, Surya Kanti was determined not to let this opportunity p... Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • Milk producer collectives’ profit tripled
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    Milk producer collectives’ profit tripled

    Gujarat is one of the fastest growing economic regions in the country. Yet in some regions within the state, the pace of development is slow due to geographic and weather constraints. The district of Kutch is less developed compared to other parts of the state. It is the second largest district of Gujarat and the majority of its inhabitants are predominantly resi... Read More

  • For the people of Nissan Island, today is about survival
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    For the people of Nissan Island, today is about survival

    by Ed Boydell, CARE Australia’s Climate Change Advisor Today is World Environment Day. For the 7000 people living on Nissan Island, a small coral atoll in the north-east of Papua New Guinea, it is a day of special significance. World Environment Day is a call to action, a reminder of our shared responsibility for protecting the planet. This year, the... Read More

  • Why would anyone migrate to such living conditions?
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    Why would anyone migrate to such living conditions?

    I first visited Mankhurd in Mumbai, a couple of years back, on a cool February morning. As I stepped into the slum, the first thing to hit me was the stink of rotting garbage. One could see garbage piles everywhere. The row of small houses tightly packed, served as the living spaces for hundreds to families. The stink became more acute as I ventured further towar... Read More

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