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.
This issue of Ecologic brings forth six stories from across our project areas in India which highlight our efforts in making the livelihoods of rural communities more sustainable.These interventions have not just supported the communities with monetary benefits but have also helped them in becoming more resilient to external stresses and shocks. We hope that these stories will inspire others to take up similar endeavors wherever possible.