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.
The Muster (fortnightly work-payment sheet) is the main source of data about completion of work. Tracking work progress and ensuring that payments are done on time are some of the field challenges in Watershed Development. Geo-referencing work done on web-enabled maps can make for accuracy and transparency.
At WOTR, we have GPS-enabled mobiles, preloaded with geo-referenced map of the village which gather attribute and GPS data along with geo-referenced photographs. The GPS system simultaneously collects real-time co-ordinates of the work executed. The data thus collected is transferred to the web-server, and in turn the user can view this on the village map loaded on the Mobile device.
The system also can generate various reports.