During the last financial year 36625 women and 956 men have benefited through 9 projects across Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. The projects undertaken promote collective action, build multiple assets, promote inclusive value chains, engage men and other stakeholders and integrate multiple approaches to achieve desired outcomes within complex settings.
In the Pathways project, implemented in Kalahandi and Kandhamal districts of Odisha, both male and female headed household incomes jumped three times, to 85% and 82% respectively. In Nabrangpur, Odisha, 493 women farmers increased their income by 103% through improved agricultural productivity. Close to 3000 tribal women and their families were positively impacted through the CARE India’s project of “Where the Rain Falls” as they were trained in water storage methods in their agriculture fields. Women are now aware and prepared for climate change hazards as well. As a part of their Technical Assistance and Research for Indian Nutrition and Agriculture (TARINA) project in Odisha, CARE India is directly working with 10,000 women farmers from SC/ST households in 72 villages across five blocks in two districts towards improved access, affordability and consumption of quality diet.
Speaking on behalf of CARE India, Bharti Joshi, Technical Director, Economic Development, said, “Our initiatives focus on improving the knowledge and skills of women from marginalized communities, as part of their economic empowerment. Our programme designed ensures there is a paradigm shift in the way women work in agro-based occupations. Market engagement, entrepreneurship, business literacy, financial literacy as well as clean cooking energy, household air pollution and water harvesting are some key issues we are working on in all our livelihood programmes for a holistic impact. In addition, we work closely with men to ensure a gender-transformative approach leading to equitable and sustainable entrepreneurial growth.”
CARE India has been working in India for over 65 years, focusing on ending poverty and social injustice, through well-planned and comprehensive programs in health, education, livelihoods and disaster preparedness and response. Their overall goal is to empower women and girls from poor and marginalized communities improving their lives and livelihoods.