GEN and its partner End Poverty (EP) undertake a variety of activities to improve infrastructure and access to government services in response to demand from the villagers. To enable this we have encouraged the formation of Village Development Groups (VDGs) to enable issues to be raised and discussed assess priorities for development at a village level.
VDGs have had many successes. Over 50 small infrastructure development projects have been undertaken at the instigation of village development groups supported by EP. These have included providing water pumps, improvement of roads and pathways, building proper boundaries to schools and other public places, improving agricultural production through water management and supply of better plants and seeds.
New initiatives include ‘Plant a Tree for Life project’, which encourages farmers to diversify traditional farming practices to include small orchards which use less water and make better use of the land. 24,500 fruit trees have been distributed to 1500 small scale farmers to create small orchards which diversify their traditional cropping practices, Progress in this project in has largely been due to the generous contribution by the UK foundation Open Gate.
Women Empowerment Project
In a new initiative 23 Self Help groups of women were formed during the year with 217 women members in the groups. Each member saves @ Rs. 100 – 200 per month. Bank Accounts have been opened for 13 of the groups. By March 2017, 18 groups had saved Rs. 137,400/-. The savings is being used as inter loaning to meet their regular cash requirements as well as emergency funds and credit was provided to 2 local youth for economic activity.
Dairy Development Programme
This has trained 400 farmers in ways of improving milk production to meet national standards. It had become clear through the annual stakeholder meetings that farmers need help in improving their animal productivity and achieve a better price for their milk. Collaborating with ABS India program to improve the breed of dairy over 1980 farmers were supplied with high quality artificial dissemination dosages but were also given training in breed improvement, animal nutrition and animal health.
"I like being part of my VDG. I can help get things done to improve village life" said one VDG member.
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