Academy of Root Development Australia Inc  

Women's Empowerment in Indian Villages

A Programme of Academy of Root Development (Australia) Incorporated

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Income Generating Activities

Income Generating Activities

Income Generating Activities

Cild Health

Women's Empowerment


Previous Initiatives of Academy of Root Development

Formation of Self Help Groups:
Self Help Groups have been an integral part of all programmes conducted by ARD(Aust)

  • Self Help Groups enhance the status of women as participants, decision-makers and beneficiaries in the democratic, economic, social and cultural spheres of life.
  • Self Help Groups encourage women to take an active part in the socio-economic progress of their village and make them sensitised and self-disciplined, In all stages of economic and social activities, the involvement of women is essential.
  • Self Help Groups bring out the possibility of women to influence the community from a woman's perspective and to explore the initiative of women in taking up entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Self Help Groups may remove the social limitations of women such as superstition and may contribute to their having an effective role in decision making.
  • Self Help Groups have brought about a great confidence in the minds of rural women to succeed in their day to day life.

Income Generating Activities:
Income generating activities are one of the major outcomes of the Self Help Groups

  • The majority of women from the Self Help Groups are involved in various income generating activities by taking loans, whether from the banks or through inter-loaning from within the groups.
  • The majority of the women are involved in vegetable growing, small shops and dairy activities.

Capacity Building:

  • ARD regularly delivers capacity-building training to Self Help Group members to strengthen their ability to consolidate and develop their group dynamic and achieve sustainable progress.
  • Vocational training is provided to the groups in various activities such as vermiculture, fisheries, mushroom cultivation and training orientation of the SHGs.

Environment Initiatives:
The groups are sensitised on various environment issues:

  • conservation of natural resources,
  • environmentally friendly practices ie. saying no to use of polythene
  • using biodegradable fertilisers instead of chemicals and awareness of the health hazards and deplition of fertility associated with chemical use
  • using of cowdung as an organic fertiliser
  • keeping water resources clean in villages
  • maintaining cattle properly
  • why the quality of the environment is important and how is it impacting on their lives
  • impact of rainfall on agriculture
  • utilisation of biodegradable household waste for use as a fertiliser

Read about some of ARD's environmental awareness initiatives here

Social Awareness Initiatives:

  • Awareness generation on Reproductive and Child Health:
    The aim is to bring about attitudinal changes in health and well-being, as well as imparting practical information concerning all aspects of Reproductive and Child Health. WEIV staff mobilise the community to access Government programs and are on the ground to ensure that Government delivers these programs.
  • Awareness of International Women's Empowerment Initiatives:
    ARD provides awareness about women's empowerment to the target villages. To date women who are involved in ARD have become more vocal, capable of taking their own decisions and have thus become socially empowered.
  • Awareness generation programme of NREGA and ICDS:
    Though ICDS has been granted as a basic entitlement of children and women, it has to move a long way forward to meet its target. In the majority of rural areas, the people are not even aware of the basic facilities that are being provided by the Anganwadi centres. As ARD is working with a rights based approach, it ensures that the people are able to avail their rights and entitlements.
  • Awareness generation on Right to Information Act:
    Being a rights based organisation, ARD strongly believes in the rights based approach and propagates for the right to information. ARD provided training to the women of the Self Help Groups about the importance of this act and the various provisions relating to it. ARD also conducted workshops in which the local village level people like the PRI (Panchati Raj Institute) members, sarpanches and block level officials participated.
  • Awareness generation on AIDS:
    Many people migrate from Bihar to outside states searching for new avenues of work and other opportunities. There has been increasing number of AIDS detected patients in Gaya District. ARD has taken up this issue and is spreading awareness in the community about various ways AIDS is being transmitted and the various ways to prevent contamination.

Read about some of ARD's social awareness initiatives here

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Academy of Root Development is a not-for-profit charitable organisation that aims to bring equity and opportunity to rural villages in Bihar, India