Livelihoods

When illness strikes a family: Mamata Das’s story

Posted By Rang De Team in LivelihoodsWhen illness strikes a family: Mamata Das’s story

When Mamata Das’s husband, an electrician, fell from a pole and injured his back, the responsibility of looking after the family fell squarely on her shoulders. Mamata’s husband was the sole breadwinner of the family, before the unfortunate accident confined him to his bed. Almost overnight, this barely literate woman, with no financial stability and […]

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Photo Essay: Life in the hills of Uttarakhand

Posted By Rang De Team in Agriculture, LivelihoodsPhoto Essay: Life in the hills of Uttarakhand

Early this summer, I was on an arduous trek — made difficult only because it was after a hearty meal — to meet Pushpa Devi, one of our borrowers in Dehradun’s Lakhamandal. While we sat down at Pushpa’s house, I heard about her temperamental cow, quite aptly called Kali. Kali doesn’t allow anyone else but Pushpa to handle her — whether […]

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Photo Essay: the weavers of Srikakulam

Posted By Rang De Team in LivelihoodsPhoto Essay: the weavers of Srikakulam

The Vamshadhara Weavers Producers company office in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh We are about 40 kilometres from Srikakulam, the coastal district in Andhra Pradesh abutting Southern Odisha. The board members of the Vamshadhara Producer Company are sitting around a circle, discussing the previous year’s finances. Vamshadhara, which currently works with some 120 weavers in the remote, rural […]

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A school for girls in rural Uttar Pradesh: the PPES story

Posted By Rang De Team in LivelihoodsA school for girls in rural Uttar Pradesh: the PPES story

Virendra Singh’s story makes for inspiring reading. It is the story of a man who, after leaving for the USA from India as a young graduate in the late 1960’s, returned to his ancestral village in rural Uttar Pradesh to set up a school for girls. We meet Sam — as Virendra Singh is called by family […]

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Reviving the fading Black Dhokra traditional craft in Odisha

Posted By Rang De Team in LivelihoodsReviving the fading Black Dhokra traditional craft in Odisha

Dhokra refers to the ancient ‘lost wax’ method of metal casting to create intricate sculptures and figurines. PC: Ramya N The art of metal casting and creating sculptures using moulds has been around for thousands of years; in particular, the ‘lost — wax’ method of metal casting can be traced back to tribal societies and communities as far […]

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