We are also helping the villagers explore ecologically sensitive livelihoods through better implementation of the government schemes (particularly NREGA). Towards the latter we have been trying to approach several government offices, NGOs & individuals to build our own understanding and help villagers strengthen their understanding on the Act to use it for the twin purpose of the ecological management & restoration and livelihood security.  This is done through:

  • Training programmes on making simple products from Karvanda, Mango & Nachani
  • Helping Kamalajadevi SHG, Bhorgiri, to produce & sell Karvanda & Mango pickle
  • Helping in cultivation of Medicinal Plants. (see below)
  • Helping implementation of the NREGA
  • Facilitating small scale, low impact community based eco-tourism including home-stays

Eco-sensitive livelihoods, Bhimashankar, Maharashtra