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When Kumpally Paapi Reddy and his wife K Venkata Laxmi started farming on rocky wasteland in Gaddamallaiahguda, Telangana, they were met with skepticism. Despite the challenges, they transformed the land through sheer determination and innovative practices. Partnering with WOTR and HSBC in 2020, they implemented water management strategies and shifted to organic farming.
Aruna Ganesh Shivasagar, a resident of Kumbharwadi village, Sangamner, dreamt of growing her own food despite not owning land. With support from WOTR and Axis Bank Foundation’s ‘Sustainable Livelihoods Programme’, she embraced gurney gardening in her front yard. Despite initial skepticism, Aruna successfully cultivated a variety of vegetables, reaping a harvest within three months.
As scorching heatwaves become increasingly common in India, rural communities face heightened risks from heat stress. This blog post explores the nature of heatwaves, the impact of moist and dry heat stress, and the specific challenges rural India confronts. With limited infrastructure, reliance on outdoor labor, and water scarcity exacerbating the situation, the health and economic consequences are severe.
In a short span, these women from Gandharwadi village in Patoda, Beed, have forged deep bonds through Farmer Field Schools (FFS) initiated by WOTR and Axis Bank Foundation’s ‘Sustainable Livelihoods Programme’. Their journey from initial reluctance to newfound confidence showcases the transformative power of education and community support.
As WOTR proudly celebrates 30 years of fostering sustainable development in Indian communities, we’re thrilled to reflect on our transformative partnership with IndusInd Bank. In a recent conversation with us, Matilda Lobo, Head of CSR at IndusInd Bank, eloquently highlighted the remarkable impact this collaboration has brought about in the lives of countless people.
Years of low yields took a toll, but Kamli Bai refused to surrender. During the Rabi season, she worked tirelessly to establish a 0.1-hectare demo plot, her actions echoing the efforts of nine other farmers in Modwa village. Selected by the Village Development Committee and guided by WOTR, Kamli Bai diligently implemented every step, determined to prove these new methods could work. This year, a remarkable change swept through Kamli Bai’s fields.
With the arrival of the rabi (winter sowing) season, Adinath Manik Thombare, a farmer from Deulgaon Ghat in Beed gets busy sowing onions on his farm. He says he is relieved growing onions, given that only a few years ago, agriculture was largely unprofitable to pursue in his village due to unavailability of water. In need of solutions, Adinath started participating in training and exposure visits conducted by WOTR, under Axis Bank Foundation’s ‘Sustainable Livelihood Programme’.
Babai Sahadev Selhar, aged 52, and her family, long-time traditional goat rearers in Beed, faced mounting challenges in recent years. Residing adjacent to a forest, their livelihood was threatened by persistent wild animal attacks, resulting in a significant loss of income, nearly a third of their total earnings. In response, Selhar was graciously provided with a goatshed by WOTR, facilitated through the Axis Bank Foundation’s ‘Sustainable Livelihood Programme in Maharashtra’.

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When Kumpally Paapi Reddy and his wife K Venkata Laxmi started farming on rocky wasteland in Gaddamallaiahguda, Telangana, they were met with skepticism. Despite the challenges, they transformed the land through sheer determination and innovative practices. Partnering with WOTR and HSBC in 2020, they implemented water management strategies and shifted to organic farming.
Aruna Ganesh Shivasagar, a resident of Kumbharwadi village, Sangamner, dreamt of growing her own food despite not owning land. With support from WOTR and Axis Bank Foundation’s ‘Sustainable Livelihoods Programme’, she embraced gurney gardening in her front yard. Despite initial skepticism, Aruna successfully cultivated a variety of vegetables, reaping a harvest within three months.
As scorching heatwaves become increasingly common in India, rural communities face heightened risks from heat stress. This blog post explores the nature of heatwaves, the impact of moist and dry heat stress, and the specific challenges rural India confronts. With limited infrastructure, reliance on outdoor labor, and water scarcity exacerbating the situation, the health and economic consequences are severe.
In a short span, these women from Gandharwadi village in Patoda, Beed, have forged deep bonds through Farmer Field Schools (FFS) initiated by WOTR and Axis Bank Foundation’s ‘Sustainable Livelihoods Programme’. Their journey from initial reluctance to newfound confidence showcases the transformative power of education and community support.
As WOTR proudly celebrates 30 years of fostering sustainable development in Indian communities, we’re thrilled to reflect on our transformative partnership with IndusInd Bank. In a recent conversation with us, Matilda Lobo, Head of CSR at IndusInd Bank, eloquently highlighted the remarkable impact this collaboration has brought about in the lives of countless people.
Years of low yields took a toll, but Kamli Bai refused to surrender. During the Rabi season, she worked tirelessly to establish a 0.1-hectare demo plot, her actions echoing the efforts of nine other farmers in Modwa village. Selected by the Village Development Committee and guided by WOTR, Kamli Bai diligently implemented every step, determined to prove these new methods could work. This year, a remarkable change swept through Kamli Bai’s fields.
With the arrival of the rabi (winter sowing) season, Adinath Manik Thombare, a farmer from Deulgaon Ghat in Beed gets busy sowing onions on his farm. He says he is relieved growing onions, given that only a few years ago, agriculture was largely unprofitable to pursue in his village due to unavailability of water. In need of solutions, Adinath started participating in training and exposure visits conducted by WOTR, under Axis Bank Foundation’s ‘Sustainable Livelihood Programme’.
Babai Sahadev Selhar, aged 52, and her family, long-time traditional goat rearers in Beed, faced mounting challenges in recent years. Residing adjacent to a forest, their livelihood was threatened by persistent wild animal attacks, resulting in a significant loss of income, nearly a third of their total earnings. In response, Selhar was graciously provided with a goatshed by WOTR, facilitated through the Axis Bank Foundation’s ‘Sustainable Livelihood Programme in Maharashtra’.