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.
Mandwa is a small village in Nagpur district of the dreaded Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. Season upon season of failed rains had rendered the land unproductive and the villagers unemployed. But Mandwa clawed itself out of its hopeless situation through a watershed project that can be cited as a landmark success in the Vidarbha region.