June 29, 2020

19 million masks, 100,000 liters of sanitizer: How women entrepreneurs in India’s hinterland stayed afloat in a collapsing economy

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
June 23, 2020

SHG led Action to Facilitate and Augment Livelihoods by Transforming Agriculture eco-systems in Jharkhand (SAFALTA)

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.
June 22, 2020

The Wheels Are Turning
by Prabhat Priyanshu & Ashisa Ratha, Mahagama

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’!
June 21, 2020

Single, But Not Alone
by Vijay Kumar

“Khana kahan se ayega Maa? Kya raat ka khana chhod de? Paisa bachega” (How are we going to get our food now? Should we skip dinners […]
June 20, 2020

Liberty
by Mohini Saha

“Baanj, Baanj” (Barren, Barren) was the torrent of abuse every day. It had been 8 years of her marriage. A married woman with no child is […]
June 19, 2020

Anima, Archana and Asima: Aspirations of loose characters

For the women of Brahmondiha village, Self Help Groups (SHGs) are much more than a mere instrument of saving and credit. They are a vehicle to […]
June 18, 2020

The Sweet Taste of Bitter Gourd

Madarkonta village of Bastar is at the heart of the “Red Corridor” in India. This is the village of the culturally rich and colorful Bison Horn […]
June 16, 2020

Cocooning A Dream; Can She Unleash It?

As Shivkali washed the dishes and did the laundry in the house of the Bada Sahib of the village, this Gond tribal woman secretly cocooned a […]
June 16, 2020

We are there: 24×7
by Anup Das, Deosar

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.
May 8, 2020

PRADAN’s Response to COVID-19 Crisis

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.