Kanad Ghosh is an Executive in PRADAN, based in Baghmundi in the Jangal Mahal area in West Bengal. He joined PRADAN in 2009 as a Development Apprentice after completing his Post Graduation in Electronics from Vidyasagar University. He is actively engaged in the promotion of women’s collectives and has expertise in Rural Livelihoods Promotion and Natural Resource Management. He is currently implementing the Ushar Mukti and West Bengal Accelerated Development of Minor Irrigation Project (WBADMIP) in Purulia district.
With a little bit of support and encouragement, the women of the community prove to be natural leaders, stepping into the unknown, being capable of taking decisions, and carrying forward the work of improving the standard of their lives, physically and economically. The women of Majhidi-Gokulnagar exemplify this in no uncertain terms.
Working on finding scientific ways to increase the availability of water in villages through most of the year led to collaboration between various stakeholders, including the community, the forest department, the MGNREGA cell and PRADAN. The secret lay in inclusion, building trust and collaboration while working for a common goal.
Perseverance, determination, some guidance, and knowledge about rights and entitlements saw a few SHG members through a challenging situation, in which they crossed swords the powerful head of the village