April 5, 2018

Women’s Collectives: Changing the Lives of the Rural Poor in India

Evolving a unique, farmer-focused research methodology, drawn from several complementary approaches, this research project brings about positive changes in the lives of women in this remote area, encouraging them to view themselves not as secondary drivers of agricultural output but as principal farmers, researchers, teachers and active agents of social change.
April 3, 2018

TASAR SERICULTURE: Women Make it Profitable

Initiating the revival of the silk value chain, with women at the helm, leading them to be sericulturists, environmentalists and traditional scientists.
April 3, 2018

THE STORY RETOLD: Singleness and the Sanghathan

Stories of how single women of Rayagada work to transform the future- a journey of gendered relationships, collective action and co-learning
April 2, 2018

The Night of The Skirmish: A Fight for Mother Nature

Having realized the vital importance of preserving the forest in which they live, the women of Hakimsinan become fiercely protective of the trees and will go to any lengths to stop indiscriminate felling. This is their commitment to, what they consider, their ‘mother’—the jungle that has nourished them for centuries
February 4, 2018

Collective Farming: Creating an Identity for Women Farmers

Applying their minds to adopting improved agricultural practices and shifting to vegetable cultivation on a large scale through collective farming, the women of Gaudaguda village unite to change not only agricultural practices but also show their potential at organizing themselves by bringing the market to their doorsteps, thereby streamlining processes
January 2, 2018

Small Changes on the Road to Development

A story of how a barely literate woman was able to change her life and tap her potential when provided with opportunities.
December 6, 2017

Ambadahara: A Story of Transformation

Opting out of shift cultivation and work in mines, the lives of the women of Ambadahara village takes a turn for the better when they started experimenting with different crops with PRADAN’s help. Their success in the fields enhanced their confidence and helped them identify, engage in and solve many other development challenges in their village.
November 4, 2017

From the Field Diary of a Development-wallah: Arriving at a Cacophonic Harmony

Struggling to make inroads into a new community, the development practitioner swings between despair and hope, optimism and pessimism, enthusiasm and self-doubts, till perseverance pays off. Three years on, as many as 2000 women have been impacted by these efforts
November 1, 2017

Swimming against the Tide: Maramai Kisku

Tracing the life of Maramai Kisku, a landless Santhal, who progressed from being a ‘labourer’ to a confident and assertive Ward Member of her panchayat, this article touches upon the changes in her attitude and style of functioning once she becomes a successful farmer, and leaves us with the searing quote, “The oppressed, instead of striving for liberalization, tend to become oppressors.”
October 7, 2017

MGNREGA: Rights and Entitlements

Making work such as the construction of toilets under MGNREGA conditional upon meeting the Swachch Bharat Mission targets puts villagers in diffiuclties till the SHG women become aware of their rights and entitlements, which they then proceed to collectively ask for, winning the admiration of the officials