May 6, 2019

She Dares to Dream. Big!
Story : Dolagobinda Panda

Three months of back-breaking work under the scorching sun and lashing rains, on a piece of four acres of upland to grow paddy. With that effort, at the end of each monsoon, Basanti’s reward would be roughly 35 quintals of paddy. Her 0.4 acre homestead would help her grow maize, worth Rs. 6,000.
May 4, 2019

The Magic of the Iron Wok
Story & Photographs: Ajay Gupta

According to National Family Health Survey more than 68% of the women in Bastar are anaemic. Most women belong to the Gond tribes, followed closely by the Halba and Dhurua tribes.
May 4, 2019

Stepping Out Of The ‘Lakshman Rekha’
by Hemant Dewangan

April 26, 2019

PRADAN works with partners to increase voter participation in rural Jharkhand

Recognising the need to raise awareness and maximise participation from rural communities in the electoral process, the Election Commission of India has initiated ‘Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation’(SVEEP) programme. The initiative is being supported by Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN) amongst poor & marginalised indigenous communities of Khunti district in Jharkhand.
April 22, 2019

The Silken Threads Smoothening Her Path
Story & Photos by Souparno Chatterjee

“Mera beta chala gya hai, tu bhi apne ghar ja. Ye zameen mai apni beti ke naam kar dungi” said her mother-in-law after Ramesh’s death. But […]
April 8, 2019

Something She Learnt, Some Examples She Set
by Bibek Das

“If you want to stay here, you need to take care of Maa. She is ill and needs care and medication. You will have to manage […]
February 25, 2019

Battered And Bruised, Yet She Stands Tall
by Sushmita Dutta

Rising early, heading to the bushes to answer nature’s call, cooking, husband’s farm, working in others’ farm as labourer, MGNREGA job-site, ration shop, village well, forest, […]
January 22, 2019

Tulashi’s Tale: from Iron Mine to Mining a Miracle

I live in the Jamudiha village in the Keonjhar district of Odisha. My village is an archetypical representation of deprivation in this area: rocky landscape, little cultivable land, rain-fed agriculture, high distress migration and desperate labour work in the mines. I am from the Bhuyan tribe, which means ‘children of the soil’. Some believe that our ancestors sprang out of ‘Mother Earth’ miraculously and thus the name.
January 22, 2019

In the shadow of Mount Abu, Phula shines as an Entrepreneur

The legend goes that it was Phula Bai who decided that the Garasias make the place, with a flowing stream at the foothills of Mount Abu, […]
January 22, 2019

Murky to Sparkling Water in School

Rashmi’s children were already adults and students in the school were unrelated to her. Yet she could not reconcile the fact that they were forced to drink contaminated water in school every day. The spark to change in Rashmi had been lit some months back in the trainings on citizenship.