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.
Qualitative Assessment Matrix (QAM) is a system of indicators such as water table level, income, and number of toilets, which measures each community’s growth as well as its shortcomings. This transparent accounting shows the NGO and village what’s working and what needs improvement in near-real time, while changes can still affect the outcome of the project.