Located in India - Founded in 1989 - IDEX partner since 2004
Sahyog Sansthan, in Rajasthan, India was founded 20 years ago to help rural communities living in poverty. Communities here are heavily dependent on the land for their livelihoods. The once fertile land has been eroded as a result of commercial logging and mining. Climate change is further impacting communities as rainfall in this semi-arid part of India is becoming less and less predictable.
Sahyog has regenerated thousands of acres of degraded land through soil and water management, small-scale irrigation, and sustainable agriculture.
In response, Sahyog promotes the self-help model and encourages communities to work together to improve their livelihoods. They help form Self-Help Groups (SHGs) of about a dozen community members working to develop both sustainable agriculture and income generation activities. They currently work with over 200 SHGs in 100 villages and reach over 3500 women. Collectively, these groups have more than $100,000 in their own savings.
Sahyog has regenerated thousands of acres of degraded land through soil and water management, small-scale irrigation, and sustainable agriculture. This improves crop yields and nourishes the soil for future generations.
IDEX support is used to train farmers in the use of local seeds and other sustainable organic agricultural practices, including the preparation of organic pesticides and the practice of worm composting. Sahyog Sansthan also promotes women’s involvement in agricultural decision-making and increasing the opportunities for women.
Read the IDEX blog to learn more about what Sahyog does!
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