Our livelihood project ensures that relevant government programmes are implemented to generate sustainable assets in the tribal villages of Jawhar and Mokhada. They aim at increasing employment opportunities and reducing migration from the villages. We engage the tribals in providing water solutions and agricultural innovations to positively impact the quality of their lives.
Farmer group comprising of 5-15 persons undertake collective marketing wherein the farmers sell their produce as a group. Aroehan also trains the farmers and provides them with technical support.
‘Sheti maitar’ or ‘friends of farmers’ are appointed in each group to guide them on crop agronomy, credit handling and market linkages. On-field training on things such as use of pesticides and construction of ridges is provided. Financial and technical help with construction of cordons and subsurface bunds for water storage is also provided.
In the last 3 years, we have impacted XXXXX people through our efforts. Following are some of the achievements that we have accomplished in the livelihood sector in Jawhar-Mokhada areas:
- Local and export markets for chillies, okra created.
- Helped connect 400 farmers to banking institutions and market linkages. Developed their technological knowledge thorough on-field demonstrations, continuous guidance and monitoring visits.
- Introduced second-cropping during the non-monsoon season. Traditionally the farmers in the area only produced crops during the rainy seasons. Thanks to Aroehan, they now cultivate vegetables before and after the monsoon months, thus adding to their family incomes, throughout the year.
- Summer cropping initiated through water-management interventions.
- Helping farmers with floriculture. This has directly resulted in a more wholesome diet for the locals and has added to their family income.
- Facilitated technical knowledge of the farmers, making them entrepreneurs.
- Nursery and seed- production methods introduced. 111 tonnes of vegetables produced that includes bitter-gourd, chilly, French beans, cabbage, cauliflower and brinjal.
- Brought electricity to Amle, a small rural hamlet in Mokhada through solar power.
- More than 100 acres of area has been brought under vegetable cultivation.
- Constructed more than 50 rain-water harvesting structures in the last three years and saved up to 50, 00,000 litres of water. This has made two villages tanker free which enabled people to undertake allied economic activities such as making of brick-kilns, leading to further increase in their incomes.