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  project name ~ Vimukti

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  Project Name





Vimukti Charitable Trust



livelihood generation







  Budget Approved


$ 14900


  Year Approved







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  Chapter Coordinators


Archana Iyer
Ravi Devarasetty


Penn State





Raleigh volunteers visiting Vimukti.





The proposal broadly falls under three major areas of alternatives:

(1) Community Health and education
(2) Alternative Economic Development Program and
(3) Land and Water Development Program.

(1)Community Education is proposed through the setting up of community learning centres, called Chilipili Bala Karmikara Shale (Chilipili Child Labourers School) in the villages. In addition Community Learning Centres will be set up in the village to provide basic literacy classes for women as well as training unemployed local youngsters as teachers for the CLCs. Alternatives in community health are based on indigenous health systems which are easily accessible to people and which are in the
control of the local community. The women also will be provided basic training on health aspects, first aid, the role of medical officers, Auxiliary Midwife and Nurse (ANM), schedule of nutrition and iron tablets for pregnant women, schedule of vaccination for new born
babies, etc. It is also proposed to network with the traditional health practitioners and to promote advocacy to make the public health system accountable and accessible to people.

(2) The area of Alternative Economic Development includes three activities - a soap making unit, a neem processing unit and a terracota jewellery making unit.
A feasibility study has shown that production and marketing of quality soaps is sustainable and practical for women to earn a supplementary income. One of the team members has undergone an intensive training on soap making conducted by Integrated Rural
Technology Centre (IRTC), Kerala. A basic unit of neem expeller is proposed to be set up which will be
run by a women’s Sangha who will collect the seeds from the community, clean, sort, process, store the neem seeds and extract oil. The neem cake and oil can be sold to farmers for use as pesticides. It is proposed that senior children of the Chilipili school, as an
alternative to child labour, be taken through a process of terracotta jewellery making. This looks feasible, given the demand for such products, the indigenous skill available and the available of raw material (clay) free of cost.

(3)The intervention in livelihood issues related to Land and Water Development is proposed for two villages where agricultural lands, which have degraded into wastelands, now are to be developed through
a series of interventions based on the principles of community watershed development program.
A pilot project has been started in two villages on the land belonging to the dalit community, which had been developed into wasteland covered with thorny bushes. The intervention is based on the strategy of micro wasteland/watershed development. This is
proposed to be done in 3 phases, the first of which has been supported by the Hyderabad Karnataka Development Board.





FIRST TWO YEARS (2000 - 2002): ****************************************** During the first two years of Vimukti project the team traveled to villages around Potnal visiting the people and developing contacts. They established contacts with mahila sanghatans and established new sanghatans in villages where they didn''t exist before. Different types of trainings, such as Leadership building, health training, awareness of rights and caste related issues etc. were provided to these women. The women were encouraged to voice their concerns at the Panchayat level as a group. 15 such sanghatans now called Jagrutha Mahila Sanghatans (Awakened Women''s Organization) were established. The women were given training to start self help groups to manage their savings. Simultaneously activities to provide alternative forms of livelihood were explored. Most of the women are agricultural labourers and they do not have any employment during non-harvesting season of the year. YEARS 2003-2005: During this period alternative livelihood activities and land rights, micro-watershed activities were given the focus. The following are the salient achievement of this period. 1. 80 women from the Sangha were given training to make terracotta jewelry. The terracotta soil is obtained from Bangalore. Approximately 20 women are employed by this project and some more women participate on a periodic basis. The women receive 50 Rs. per day as wages. The jewelry is sold locally and in handicraft exhibitions across India. 2. Neem pesticide unit: The sangha women from the villages collect neem seeds. The seeds are dried and powdered to make pesticide. Approximately 15 women are employed in this unit. The persticide is sold to farmers locally. 3. Barefoot women doctors: About 25 women underwent training for primary health care, treatment for communicable diseases, herbal medicine and planting and developing herbal garden and other herbal products. The women produce herbal soaps, shampoo, detergent powder and sell it in the local market. Some women have planted herbal gardens and sell herbal medicine. OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS: 1. CHILIPILI SHALE: School for children of migrant labourers and agricultural workers. Schools were started in 4 villages. Approximately 140 students attend these schools regularly. Many of them have now joined the mainstream primary/secondary school at various grades. 2. WASTELAND DEVELOPMENT:39 acres of wasteland was donated to the scheduled caste community in Devipura village. This land was developed using rainwater harvesting and micro-watershed management activities. The local community participated in all the activities and contributed a lot through voluntary labour. The success of this experiment has inspired the dalit community in other villages to try these techniques. The community is also being exposed to various new ideas such as organic farming etc.





The overall objectives are: •To build up Community Based Organisations, to build up people''s leadership and to enhance their capacities. •To undertake community organisation and to implement effectively the government schemes and to work towards policies which are for the development of the people. The specific objectives formulated for this proposed project are: •A widespread awareness and conscientisation drive and formation of Dalits'''''''''''''''' community based organisations (CBOs) so as to organise them basically and to conscientize them on their rights, to fight for rights and against all atrocities on them. •To mediate, negotiate and network and bring together already existing Dalit organizations which are scattered tnd dispersed due to many political reasons.



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