On the Farms
We work with local farmer groups in the Bundelkhand district of central India. This is an impoverished part of the country that has lacked in progress due to water scarcity and poor government aid to farming communities. Through our strong commitment to organic farming in this area we educate farmers about the processes of organic farming, identify plants that can grow according to their farm conditions, provide them with free input material (seeds and saplings), help in registering their land as organic, run organic farming workshops with them and also buy organic products that they grow on the farm.
Our educational programs, workshops and on-ground teams focus on using the available resources in the most efficient manner. Organic farming utilises bio/natural- fertilizers, pollution-free techniques and symbiotic relationships between the farm and its local environment. After a few harvests, the results are evident – the soil quality improves because we prohibit using harmful chemicals/processes while farming. Also, we have to actively work to conserve water in this region. For this, we have initiated water harvesting projects and dug wells for villages. This has also helped us check soil erosion. We have dramatically improved soil quality and continue to maintain it. This is an important objective for us, as visible results help us to convert more and more farming communities to organic farming.
In the stage of processing of farm products, we employ women from disadvantaged communities, encouraging them to become breadwinners in the family. Often these women are uneducated and are unable to find skilled jobs elsewhere. Our gift sets come in handmade upcycled bags made using discarded sarees. These bags are handmade by aforementioned rural women, with love and care. We call these our “Bags of love for life” as they are attractive and can be re-used multiple times.
Above initiatives form our farmer program that provides sustenance to hundreds of farming families, who are local to the region and are desperately looking for empowerment and aid.
Children with learning disabilities
We have also partnered with a local charity and school “Maa Society” (Maa meaning Mother) for children with learning disabilities. As part of their activities, we schedule regular farm visits for them; helping them learn about small-scale farming and develop their skills for independent garden farming. It helps them gain real-world knowledge and adds another dimension to their learning curriculum.