SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE & INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT
WOMEN FARMERS COLLECTIVE
BACKGROUND & RATIONALE
Nearly 75% of the full-time workers on Indian farms are women, yet they have been consistently denied their due recognition, land, title and money as compared to their male counterparts. Based on the principles of ‘ecofeminism’, our collective will visibilise women farmers, especially smallholder marginalized women, with a development vision led by social justice and empowerment. While women engage in both childcare and intensive labour, they have little to no financial independence and no space to consider their own health, body, or leisure. This initiative both recognizes and empowers women to be independent change-makers and writers of their own destiny: not at the mercy of their husbands, communities, or even the state.
UPSKILLING WORKSHOPS AND TRAININGS
INCOME GENERATION SKILLS
This women farmer’s collective is at the helm of the Farm School from start to finish. Learning from their expertise and experience, we capacitate them with innovative sustainable farming practices, income generation skills and financial literacy, support them to secure rights over productive livelihood resources and entitlements, improve household food security and build systems to promote women led rural enterprises. Our collective members will be at the helm of equal participation and decision making, starting from their family upwards, and will be integral members of the Swechha Farm School team.
We are always looking for young and enthusiastic minds that can help us create the change along with being the change. Whatever your passion, we always have opportunities for you along with endless cups of Chai!
SOME OF OUR
“I learnt new uses for cow dung and that helped me earn more to support my children and ensure their education.”
“I feel that after being part of the school I have more confidence to involve myself in the money managing at home.”
“Meeting more women who like me want to do more has given me a space where we can learn from each other and do better for ourselves”.