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Due to the lockdown we have not been able to sell any of our products and with the Cyclone, our sheds have been destroyed,” says Kunda Patekar of Bharari Mahila Gandhulkhat Prakalp from Dehna.

This is the scenario across 15 of our 55 villages where Population First’s AMCHI team has initiated the vermi-products livelihood programmes for rural women since 2011. The nationwide lockdown due to the COVID pandemic has led to tremendous economic decline around the country especially in the rural areas.

But what is often forgotten is that it affects women entrepreneurs even more starkly—a lived reality for our 105 businesswomen who have not been able to sell any of their products (vermi-compost and vermi-wash) since March of this year. In addition, the June 3rd Cyclone Nisarga only further exacerbated their situation with the cyclone ripping up and blowing away their sheds. Selling these products has become a difficult task which is especially crucial for our businesswomen’s financial independence, as for some it is their only source of personal income. The current economic losses suffered has made it extremely difficult to spend on the raw materials required for rebuilding the shed.

While Population First is helping them re-open and rebuild their enterprise we also seek your help in raising INR 1,80,000/- for 15 vermi-compost business groups and assist in their efforts to rebuild their sheds.

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About Me

I am a public health professional with 6 years of work experience with grassroots organizations in urban and rural areas. I have had the opportunity to work for children of migrant construction workers, women, child and adolescent health issues. While the Covid pandemic has posed significant challenges in our daily lives, it has brought many lives to a standstill because of loss of livelihood. Girls and women seem to be most impacted with increase in cases of domestic violence, lack of access to essential health services and drop out from schools because of loss of livelihood.I wish to help them rebuild their lives and ensure they are able to invest in girls and women for the overall well-being and development of the society

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Anil Kumar Rane
7th July 2020

Keep up the good work

Goutham Aleti
7th July 2020

Good cause

Kavita Nadkarni
24th June 2020

Keep up the good work

Ratika Sharma
23rd June 2020

Got luck for the setting humanity example and helping the needy ones

Shiny Varghese
29th May 2020

Good luck

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Anil Kumar Rane
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