NGO Recipient: Welfare Association for Children in Tikapur (WACT) A registered Christian organization to help women and children
Poor women who own little or no farmland form a cooperative and receive professional training in growing seasonable vegetables.
Women are provided with a way of generating income by managing their small plot of land and selling the produce at the Tikapur farmers market.
Women's Empowerment Training in group organization and managing their own finances.
Establish and manage a savings and loan program.
The Project: WACT purchased a small plot of land a few miles outside of the town of Tikapur for the vegetable garden. Interested rural women then organized into a Garden Cooperative. A government agriculture extension agent was hired to provide training in developing and managing a vegetable garden and to provide seeds. WACT staff provided training in bookkeeping and marketing to a few of the members who were literate. (WACT has been providing "non-formal education" literacy training for women and older girls for many years.) The women successfully grew a variety of vegetables and established a small farmers market on Saturdays in Tikapur.
Results: The program has been very successful. The women have expanded their garden and their farmers market has become very popular with the town people. The co-op has used their earnings to set up their own savings and loan banking system. They have become greatly empowered and enabled to control their own earnings. The group has also taken further training to generate more funds.
Project 1: Women's Vegetable Garden Income Generation (2000) Project 2: Cutting, Sewing and Knitting Training for Widows (2002) Project 3: Assistance Program for War Refugees (2003) Project 4:Non-Formal Education Training and Income Generation for Illiterate Church Women (2004) Project 5: Training on Manufacturing of Candles for Disabled People