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Dignified Livelihoods for ex-Manual Scavengers

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people served

5500

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Livelihoods

Gender Equality

location

Odisha, India

Dignified Livelihoods for ex-Manual Scavengers

What are the challenges?

The Kui tribal communities live on the margins of mainstream society, close to the forests they have inhabited for generations. They lead a hand-to-mouth existence. Most of their income comes from collecting and selling Siali leaves, which they make into leaf plates for sale in the city. They also engage in manual labour, and, without financial training, take out loans at unreasonable interest rates. The Forest Rights Act 2006 gave them official rights over the forest, but without proper support, they are not yet able to depend on this for their livelihood. 

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What is the aim of the project?

This project aims to help over 2,000 women and their families to achieve a sustainable income from leaf collection, vegetable cultivation and the formation of self-help groups which help them to save, lend, invest and access government entitlements. 

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What are the main activities?

This project aims to help over 2,000 women and their families to achieve a sustainable income from leaf collection,vegetable cultivation and the formation of self-help groups which help them to save, lend, invest and access government entitlements. 

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