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  project name ~ 2009-RichaSingh-Saathiship

category ~ Saathi




  Project Name














Uttar Pradesh

  Budget Approved


$ 4000


  Year Approved








  Chapter Coordinators


Leena Ranade


College Park










Richa is a member of Sangtin, an organization set up under the auspices of Mahila Samakhya in Sitapur dt. This was done so that the work of womens empowerment would continue after Mahila Samakhya withdrew from the area. Richa Singh, along with 7 other members of Sangtin, collaborated on a journalling project that culminated in a book Sangtin yatra: saat zindagiyon mein lipti naari vimarsh, published in Hindi in June 2004. This effort helped the members of Sangtin develop a vision for their work independent of Mahila Samakhya. At the same time, backlash against some of the criticism published in the book ultimately resulted in Richa resigning from her job at Mahila Samakhya. Richa now plans to work full-time with Sangtin.





Unemployment benefits for women and men labor through NREGA Act provisions Income from Dairy and Chikan efforts





The goals of Richa Singh and Sangtin over the next few years are twofold: to achieve some measure of economic independence so that their activities arent limited by the priorities of funding agencies, and to develop more concrete interventions to some of the issues they have identified. They have been working to combat violence against women for the past 8-14 years and will continue that work in a more integrated manner. Additionally, they plan to grapple with the issue of lowering incomes of farmers and workers in the chikan industry, falling ground water levels etc. Their goal is to work with villagers to tackle the unique problems each village faces.



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