Manjari Foundation - Developing women's organizations at the grassroots.

ECONOMIC PROSPERITY AND LIVELIHOODS

Manjari Foundation works with rural underprivileged families in the project areas of Dholpur, Rajasthan to promote and support independent livelihood programs for women. The objective is helping small holders earn about INR 1.25 lac to INR 1.5 lac per annum. To achieve this, we identify the traditional livelihood options and the interventions points through which we can facilitate that much earning to our farmers. Given this approach, we zeroed on goat rearing, dairy farming and agriculture as we think these activities have tremendous potential to supplement income of rural families in the region. We are expanding our programs with active support from various partners including Government departments, financial institutions, banks and other resource institutions. Our mission is not only to help enhance income of poor households by supporting livelihood opportunities but we aim at overall empowerment too. From her deprived and underprivileged status, we envisage every woman from backward community attain a life of dignity and respect.

 

Impact in Numbers

 

114


No. of villages

15,521


No. of women enhanced income through agriculture

3053


No. of women enhanced income through Goat rearing

4553


No. of women enhanced income through Dairy farming

933


No. of women started their own micro enterprises

 

INRM

With an objective of improving the carrying capacity of natural resources, enhancing the income of the family through sustainable livelihoods options, we devote major portion of our efforts in improving the land and water resources. Integrated natural resource management (INRM) involves improving the land, water and other resources in a given eco-system so that communities can sustain themselves without jeopardizing the usage of resources for the coming generation.

 

Agriculture

Our agriculture intervention program aims at augmenting production of lead crops like Bajra, Mustard and Wheat by adopting appropriate technology. There are 230 Krishi Sakhis at the cluster level working with over 7000 women farmers, to monitor, support and create awareness about the program. We have helped set up of Krishi Pathsala at the village level.

Preparing over 2500 nutrition gardens is another major achievement of the program which has helped add some nutritional value to the poor families’ daily diet.

 

Livestock

Our livestock based program mainly include Dairy & Goat rearing which are utterly rely on the developing of a village based cadre namely Pashu Sakhi & krishi Sakhi who further facilitates community members about the better quality breed, training of women in feeding & husbandry practices, veterinary care, immunization etc. Its main objective is to enhance the income of rural families through milk marketing, paying them a fair price and reducing their dependency on the Dudhiya’s (middle men)

 

Micro Enterprises

A large number of SHG women in rural areas depend on agriculture and are subject to climatic vagaries. This leads diversify them towards other livelihood options and develop non-farm income-generating activities. As micro enterprises development are the best solutions for creating job opportunities and livelihood promotion for marginalized community, we promote SHG women to unlock their potentials by providing capacity building training, skill building & literacy training & access to credit. Under this initiative, many SHG women have utilized the loan & started their own family based enterprises.