We need stronger local institutions to fight crisis like Covid-19

We need stronger local institutions to fight crisis like Covid-19

Pardha Saradhi, SEARCH  SEARCH (Socio Economic Alternatives Research & Resource Community for Humanity) works towards empowering people living in rural and marginal communities, mainly, small farmers, fisherfolk, vulnerable children, women, and youth and has reached around 35000 household, impacting over 2 lakh people  (https://searchngo.org/). Their work spans across Guntur,...

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The Bhils and the Bhilala are strong communities, we need to support them to make them resilient

The Bhils and the Bhilala are strong communities, we need to support them to make them resilient

Jimmy Nirmal, Sara Seva Sansthan Samiti Sara Seva Sansthan Samiti is a community based organization in Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh, close to the borders of Gujarat and Rajasthan. The area has 3 tribes constituting more than 84 percent of the population.  We work specially with the Bhil and Bhilala tribes,...

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Taaras Coalition: Enabling a dignified life for women in sex work through collective action

Taaras Coalition: Enabling a dignified life for women in sex work through collective action

Women in sex work are constantly subjected to neglect and stigma – both socially and politically – and struggle to enjoy basic human rights as citizens of the country. In most places, mainstream financial security, a life of safety and access to services is difficult to imagine, let alone...

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SELCO’s solar-powered refrigerators help marginalized women grow their businesses

SELCO’s solar-powered refrigerators help marginalized women grow their businesses

Amalorpavam, Mariya and Vasantha are women entrepreneurs from marginalized communities, who sell fish in the streets of Madurai, Tamil Nadu. While Mariya and Amalorpavam procure the fish at the local wholesale markets, Vasantha procures her fish from Thoothukudi, around 150km from Madurai, where her relatives go fishing.  Their major...

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Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. – COVID-19 relief to vulnerable communities

Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. – COVID-19 relief to vulnerable communities

COVID-19 and the nationwide lockdown – one of the many steps taken to contain the spread of the disease in India – has had detrimental effects throughout the country. But those most affected are from the already marginalized communities. As almost all economic activity came to a halt, they...

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The SLPMS Tailoring Unit: Creating Livelihoods for the marginalized in the midst of COVID-19

The SLPMS Tailoring Unit: Creating Livelihoods for the marginalized in the midst of COVID-19

Sri Lakshmi Pengal Munnetra Sangam (SLPMS) is a Community Based Organization (CBO) that began working with individuals from various vulnerable communities-such as sex workers, people living with HIV (PLHIV), Transgenders (TGs), Gay Men (MSM), etc. these communities did not have a forum for themselves, nor did they have access...

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Soukhya Sanjeevini Samsthe: Supporting and protecting women in sex work during COVID-19

Soukhya Sanjeevini Samsthe: Supporting and protecting women in sex work during COVID-19

Priya (name changed) was among the many who lost their jobs and found themselves facing an uncertain future during the COVID-19 induced lockdown in India. As a sex worker and a daily wage labourer at local APMC, the 34-year-old widow and mother of two, from Peresandra village in Chikkaballapur,...

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