About 480 SHGs made over 300,000 masks and about 450 litres of sanitizers were produced in a month. On an average, each woman has been earning Rs 5000 per month, and this is certainly more than whatever amount they were being able to earn to top up their main income
We are happy to announce our initiative ‘SHG led Action to Facilitate and Augment Livelihoods by Transforming Agriculture eco-systems in Jharkhand (SAFALTA)’, in collaboration with Axis Bank Foundation. This is a five-year Project with its period is from July 2019 to June 2024.
These were some of the most common answers we got while analyzing how the COVID-19 lockdown has impacted people in some of the far flung villages of north-eastern Jharkhand, also referred as Santhal Pargana. And even without conducting a survey one could tell that more than 70% of the rural poor depend on remittances to run their household expenses or to fulfill their aspiration of leading a ‘better life’!
It was an early morning call from Nazma Khatun. Her voice was trembling on the other side of the call. She is an SHG member from a small village called Deogawan in Deosar block of Madhya Pradesh. When the nationwide lockdown was first announced in March, our phones got flooded with similar calls from the hamlets.
PRADAN is working with the administration to support marginalised and vulnerable rural poor people in containing the spread of COVID-19. We are reaching out to marginalised and vulnerable poor farmers across 166 blocks in the states of Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan, 60 of these blocks in Jharkhand through our partner CSOs. Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives is our partner in this initiative.