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Surviving a Salt Lake

The villages located around the Sambhar salt lake in the state of Rajasthan in India are impacted by drought and salt. Supported by the Foundation for Rural Recovery and Development, a village-based initiative to capture rainwater before it reached the salt lake and turned saline and unfit for use created rainwater storage capacity of 1.5 billion litres, making the lives of people in these villages somewhat easier. The local communities, and two community-based organisations, Manthan Sanstha and Prayatna Sansthan, worked with FORRAD to construct the rainwater harvesting systems. 

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Launching of the Rabha Women Weavers' Association

With our seed funding, Rabha women weavers are getting training and support for design development and marketing.

The Rabha women are from Garo Basti in Rajabhathkhawa, and Mendabari and Andu forest villages in Chilapata forest division in Alipurduar district of West Bengal.

Our partner in India for this initiative is the Foundation for Rural Recovery and Development, (FORRAD), a support organization for smaller grass root groups, working nationwide in the field of rural development since 1980.  Sarmistha Lahiri, founder and secretary of Hast Karigar Society, is the project consultant hired by FORRAD to implement the project. 

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