There is an urgent need to create mechanisms to empower widows in Yavatmal and Vidarbha, and give them the support they need to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward. However, such initiatives are rare. One of the few such projects for the welfare of the helpless women is run by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) and its sister organization Sampada Trust.
Khadkipada: A tale of development; an account of transformation
(English, VCD, 24 mins)
This is the story of a village, Khadkipada, and its the journey from darkness towards the light.
Distress migration, indebtedness to money-lenders, ill health and illiteracy was a way of life. All seemed hopeless! The scenario changes with a self help effort facilitated by WOTR Caring for the land that they once exploited suddenly brings in the returns. The well water level rises, land becomes more productive, horticulture is introduced and there is a reason to stop the migration. Women too find a space to come together meaningfully. Now they see a ray of hope!