Socio-economic survey was conducted to identify poor and landless women.
Women were motivated to form Self-Help Groups (SHGs). The groups provided low interest loans allowing the women to invest in diversification of their farms and create more income sources.
Diversification of farms was an integral part of the watershed projects. SHGs played a key role in introducing and implementing various activities such as:
I availed a loan of ₹ 2,000 ($32) from Shiv SHG in 2010, and bought my first goat. I now have ten goats. The goats sell anywhere between ₹ 5,000–9,000 ($81–145) – Hari Bai
Flour mills & vegetable farming
“Multi-cropping has enhanced my earnings. I first purchased a small mill and later a bigger mill. I earn ₹ 150-200 ($2-3) in a day. I also have a vegetable patch. The crop was good. I sold some in the market for ₹ 20 ($0.31) a kilo and bartered some for wheat. – Sarda Bai