TBI Blogs: These Initiatives Are Giving Hand-Made Products a Fighting Chance by Keeping Them Affordable

Why buy handmade? What difference will it make? Who will it impact? These are just some of the questions that need answering when one discusses hand-crafted goods. There are plenty of reasons to support the handmade movement, and many initiatives, taken by both government and non-governmental institutions, to help the same bloom.

This Young Team Is Spreading Hope And Love In The Lives Of Those Who Need It The Most

The satisfaction you get by spreading little joys among the less privileged cannot be expressed. From healthcare to elderly care, this team of young enthusiasts is all about spreading joy in the lives of those who need it the most. Their aim is to make social work a little more fun. Hope Springs believes in using their passion and talent to change lives. What's more - its so easy that you can do it too!
water and sanitation promoters, tamil nadu

These Women Walk And Talk Non-Stop So They Can Improve Hygiene And Sanitation In Their Villages

Meet the women who strongly believe that there is a spirit of ownership among villagers that can be tapped into by someone within their own community. And to honour this belief, they walk for miles each day to inform and educate people about sanitation and water issues. These are the wonderful Water and Sanitation Promoters of rural Tamil Nadu.

SURE: Helping Rural Women Become Entrepreneurs & Promoting Energy-Efficient Products

It’s unique. It’s for women. And it’s rural. Enough reasons for all of us to be proud of initiatives like Sakhi Unique Rural Enterprise (SURE) – a rural distribution and marketing company working with rural women entrepreneurs (sakhis) and markets clean green products like improved cook stove, solar lantern, biogas, solar water heaters etc.
Children at the Tamarind School can speak fluent English and are learning technology too!

TBI Changemakers: Tamarind Tree – How One Couple Is Changing A Village, A Community And A Tribe

The very next day after their wedding, Hemant Babu and Michelle Chawla packed their bags and set off, not for their honeymoon, but to live in an unglamorous tribal village, Dahanu. Their parents thought the newly married will be back in Mumbai in a few days’ time. But it’s been eleven long years now - the couple have made Dahanu their home, contributing to the lives of the Warli tribes and to the ecology of this once barren land.
As they sift through garbage, waste pickers, who are mostly women, have to fend off stray animals, their hands get wounded by shards of broken glass thrown carelessly in the rubbish, and harassment by the police is part of their daily routine. (Credit: Amit Thavaraj)

A Union That Accords Dignity And Safety In Numbers To Women Waste Pickers

Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP), a union of scrap collectors started by Dr Baba Adhav in 1993, has now become a force much larger than just a collection of waste pickers, mostly women. It serves as a platform for voicing grievances and as a medium for pushing developmental programmes to this highly marginalised segment of the society. From financial support, education and insurance facilities to intangibles like dignity of labour and quality of life, read how a collective can change lives.
The Hospital carries out about 2,200 deliveries every year

SEWA Rural – Taking Development To The Poorest Of Poor In The Remotest Of Remote Villages

When one lives in the city and enjoys excellent health care at one’s beck and call, it is difficult to appreciate the hardships suffered by the poor in remote locations of India. SEWA Rural is an organization that aims at improving the lives of these very deprived people. From healthcare to vocational training, they have been providing holistic development to the needy in Gujarat for 33 years now, and even today, they continue to serve the poor with utmost enthusiasm.
Several programmes have been undertaken by Swades Foundation to make education more effective and comprehensive in villages where they operate

Swades Foundation – Building Capacity In Rural India

Remember the 2004 Bollywood film in which an NRI Mohan Bhargava (played by Shah Rukh Khan) returns to India and is moved by the harsh realities faced by the people in his village to become an agent of change? The name of that film was Swades, and here is an organization called Swades Foundation that shares a similar mission - to bring about change in rural India. To know how they are doing this, read more.
A Bagariya family in the outskirts of Ajmer

TBI Special Report: The Bagariyas of Ajmer – A Little Bit Can Go A Long Way

The Bagariyas of Rajasthan are one of the poorest and least literate tribes in India. While they are barely eking out an existence, their children don't go to school, they have no electricity, or in fact, any facilities that make life easier. Most developmental schemes seem to have bypassed them. But we see here, how a little money and a lot of initiative, can have a large impact on people's lives.
Santara Devi and members of the Sanjha Gas group of Jogia ka Bas village. Getting a gas connection was a luxury Santara could not afford. Now she gets a monthly income too from the community kitchen as the other women pay her a fixed amount for using the gas connection. (Credit: Abha Sharma\WFS)

Kitchen Kinetics: Cooking Together In Shekhawati

The wonderful tradition of village women gathering around a common oven to make rotis may have become a thing of the past in that state. But the 'sanjha chulha' (community kitchen) has been rekindled in the villages of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, albeit with a small modification. Keeping up with the changing times, instead of the earthen oven, it is the sanjha gas that the Shekhawati women are sharing today. There are many advantages of a sanjha gas facility.
Gyarsi Bai Sahariya who has led the Sahariyas struggle in Baran

Baran’s Sahariya Adivasis Reap the Harvest of their Struggle Against Slavery

The Sahariya tribe of Baran district in Rajasthan is classified as a Particularly Vulnerable Tribe. For years, they were forced to work as bonded agricultural labourers by the landed gentry of the region. The past decade has seen them fighting for their rights, and now with the help of some local NGOs, governmental support and their own unified efforts, they are slowly reaping the benefits of their struggle to be treated as free and equal citizens of this nation.
Dr. Mapuskar explaining the principles of the sopa sandas (Photo: Chicu Lokgariwar)

TBI Heroes: Dr. Mapuskar – A Life Dedicated To Improving Rural Sanitation In India

Dr. Mapuskar has been working relentlessly in the field of rural sanitation for over 50 years now, and helped develop many innovative methods and technologies to create a sanitation revolution even before it was the rising concern that it is today. His principles of community ownership and his search for appropriate technology that suits the Indian conditions have left a legacy that can be adopted all over the nation for maximum impact. He is truly a TBI Hero.