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.
In 1996, Darewadi, a remote, drought prone village in the reain shadow region of Maharashtra was a picture of despair. Villagers had to migrate to resource-endowed areas working seasonally at sugarcane cutting or in brick kiln of contractors. At this point, some of the villagers approached WOTR to undertake watershed development activities in their village.