Stories of change

Rinky Raidas: From Surpress to Success

Meet Rinki Raidas, Baghaura, UP, a neo-literate woman, who after completing our Adult Literacy programme- TARA Akshar+, with her husband's immense support, now is an example for other rural and peri-urban women who want to come forward to stop discriminations, alcoholism and inequality in their communities. Rinky, today, handles her family's finances, travels independently to different places, and equips other women with the knowledge of health and hygiene.

Mapping strength to weave success

It was not an easy journey for Malti Devi to fight for her right to educate. She got enrolled in TARA Akshar+ programme and today she is in charge of her own life and has overcome economic obstacles – which has enabled her to provide a better life to her children.

Educate women, Empower a generation

An inspiring journey of a woman from UP, who stepped out of her house and challenged the societal norms to embrace financial and digital literacy. Jannat-o-nishad, with support from her husband, signed up for TaraAkshar+ programme along with her daughter-in-law to strive towards independence and self-reliance.

Paving ways towards Self-Reliance

The inspiring story of Baby is an example for millions of women, who are willing to take charge of their lives to address poverty and illiteracy and work towards self-growth and livelihood for their family. TARAAkshar+, helped her accomplishing financial literacy. It resulted in expanding her enterprise and grocery store. She motivated other women in the village to join the programme and enable their rights.

Lata Verma: Unveiling Change

Meet Lata - a change maker. TARA Akshar+, adult literacy programme enabled her to stand on her own feet through the power of functional literacy and numeracy, and helped her in starting her own enterprise. She has not only challenged the patriarchal norms of society but has also set an empowering example for many others in her village.

The Rebirth: a Gaushala Story in Village Gundrai

Learn about the Ramraja Gaushala, a solution initiated by the women of Sankalp Swashakti Mahila Mandal to set up a community cow shelter. Today with 108 stray non milch cows, this gaushala is a local business hub that builds economic resilience.

Mamta Bundela: An Inspiration

Meet Mamta Bundela, who took charge to address her community's water woes by mobilising an 11 member committee to operate a renewable energy based model for drinking water supply at households. Today water reaches every household. Inspired by Mamta, women of Punawli Kalan have emerged as local agents of change.

Hamara Gaon

Read the story of a village Pipra in Bundelkhand, which decided to take ownership of its future through an integrated village development model. A micro plan, with short and long term priorities encompassing infrastructure, land management and water security was designed. In the last six years 80% of the households have drinking water supply and the village is 100% open defecation free.

Aapo Bija- Bhutan Jagata: The Dhikoli Story

Dhikoli village in Bundelkhand sought out DA's help for water security issues. Together we undertook water budgeting exercises and planned watershed management. Since then, there's no looking back. Dhikoli has become a climate resilient and water positive village.

Unleashing her Potential

Yashoda Dev, once a marginalised farmer, is now self-reliant. The wadi plantation, through which she cultivated variety of crops, emerged as a reliable source of income for her family and helped her achieve her dreams.

Literacy Paved the Way for Leadership

Meet Kalui Devi. A woman who fought all odds to live her dream of becoming literate and independent. Today she is a change maker who advocates for environmental protection in the community.

An Information Kiosk On Wheels

With the COVID-19 pandemic, economic uncertainty spread across India. Sappu, an entrepreneur in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh forms an innovative solution to manage his kiosk by setting up and marketing door-to-door services.

TARA Akshar+ Neo-literates are COVID Warriors

TARA Akshar+ neo-literates from Lalitpur in Uttar Pradesh are stitching masks and distributing to people in the village. They are also spreading awareness among the community to fight against COVID-19

Hope and Resilience in Times of a Pandemic

Meet Anita, a young COVID-19 warrior, who is making masks to help her community be safe in the time of pandemic

Opening new pathways for the Himalayan youth

Meet Keshar Singh, our community member trained as a responsible trek guide.

Battling Water Scarcity with Community Owned Models

The remote villages of Bundelkhand have been quenching their thirst with an innovative technology-based water supply model. They key for its success has been community ownership and accountability. Cover photo: attached

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