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The building blocks of change

Belaku started as a small health research project in rural Karnataka. But then the women said it was all very well to tell them about nutrition and eating right, but who was going to pay for it? Thus began the livelihoods initiative, Kirana 

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Preserving the traditional weaving techniques of the Dhanghars

Until recently, the Dhanghar community used to weave traditional ghonghdis (blankets) for personal use only. Now members of this nomadic community are being trained to develop their ancient craft into a commercially viable art, helping them earn better livelihoods

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Preserving the traditional weaving techniques of the Dhanghars

Until recently, the Dhanghar community used to weave traditional ghonghdis (blankets) for personal use only. Now members of this nomadic community are being trained to develop their ancient craft into a commercially viable art, helping them earn better livelihoods

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Bringing professionalism to craft

The Craft Resource Centre in Bhuj, Gujarat, helps skilled metal-workers and weavers compete in a globalised market without compromising on their traditional craft and quality

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Women weavers of the Kumaon

Panchachuli Women Weavers, the largest independent women's cooperative in the state of Uttaranchal, has played a key role in changing the socio-economic dynamics of the local community. Women from over 32 villages in the hilly region of Almora are involved in the processing of raw materials and production of woven and knitted products

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Mumbai's MarketPlace

MarketPlace: Handwork of India, a women's cooperative, makes and exports apparel to the US. Over 450 women are today managing a turnover of $780,000. The initiative has transformed their lives

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Seabuckthorn makes 'berry' good business sense in hilly Nepal

An award-winning initiative in Nepal cultivates and markets the versatile seabuckthorn berry, protecting traditional Tibetan knowledge and creating livelihoods for local people

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Bastar's artisans work with Saathi for a better future

Saathi is helping Bastar's tribal communities revitalise their craft using new techniques to make and market their famous terracotta and bell metal works of art

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Berry pickles and ayurvedic tea: Local remedies boost incomes and conservation

Under the UNDP's Medicinal Plant Conservation Project, Sawarna village in Nashik, Maharashtra, has learnt to produce and market products such as Nirgudi oil and Trifala churna. These traditional products have transformed the livelihoods of these Warli families

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IT Power's watermills: Promoting renewable energy in Uttaranchal

Among the fast-flowing streams of the Himalayas, lakhs of people depend on watermills to turn grain into flour. IT Power helps them do this and much more, in an eco-friendly, cost-effective manner

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Crafts bridge

By Lalitha Sridhar

In the old days even everyday utility objects were decorated and embellished, says Visalakshi Ramaswamy, founder-director of the M RM Rm Cultural Foundation that works towards empowering local craftspeople in the state of Tamil Nadu

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Weaving a brighter future in the world's wettest place

Until 2001, the Khasi women of Kenbah Syntien, Meghalaya, waited hours in the local bazaar to sell a basket. Now after training under the UNDP's Cane and Bamboo Technological Upgradation and Networking Programme, their coasters, lamps and fruit-trays fly off the shelves at major national stores

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VHAI's Project Aparajita helps Orissa's artisans rebuild their lives

Project Aparajita has given artisans devastated by the 1999 supercyclone in Orissa a helping hand. Marginalised and impoverished, today they take international orders and travel the country seeking out new ideas and incorporating quality controls

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Orissa's dairy initiatives transform the lives of rural women

Women Dairy Cooperative Societies in Orissa show the way to empowering rural women

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Maari: The soap story

In Alappuzha, one of the poorest districts of Kerala, the traditional income from fish, coir and coconuts has been threatened by globalisation. But 30,000 women have struck back with the launch of their own brand of soap to rival the multinationals

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Gaining a toehold

The Kolhapuri chappal-makers are back to making their traditional footwear. And they're prospering too.

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The economics of traditional craft

Dastkar helps bring craftswomen into the economic mainstream.

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Fighting for their forests

Adivasis in the Mudumalai forests of the Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu fight to retain control of the forests that have always been their home and source of livelihood.

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Voice of the vendors

Street vendors form a federation to look out for their rights.

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Alternative development through alternative livelihoods

The Delhi-based Development Alternative promotes vermicomposting and other sustainable livelihoods for disadvantaged groups.

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