Where the Rain Falls - India

A project by CARE India Solutions for Sustainable Development (CISSD)

Empower marginalized, smallholder Indian women farmers in regions most affected by climate change to participate in governance, by making them climate-literate
Over the last decade, Dilmani Kujur witnessed a sharp decline in rainfall in her village and her immediate geography. She is part of the Adivasi community, small landholders who depend on rain fed agriculture as sole source of sustenance. The issue was having a severe impact on her community’s livelihood and food availability, but different aspects of her life excluded her from decision making instances. Dilmani is part of a marginalized tribal community, living remotely. In addition, tribal traditional beliefs say that women trigger famine only by touching the plough. As a result, decisions regarding land used to only be taken by men.

CARE India initiated in 2011 - with the support of AXA - Where the Rain Falls (WtRF) project, that aims to empower Adivasi women farmers in Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra States (India) so that they engage in decision making to tackle the interlinked injustices of hunger, gender inequality and climate change.

The project came upon the findings of an unprecedented 3-year, multi-country research in partnership with a UN university. Inclusion and capacity building of women within Village Development Committees (VDC), promoted by the project, have played a fundamental role in giving women capacities, a voice and independence.

Dilmani is one of the 3000 tribal women empowered by WtRF. She gained confidence, leadership skills and knowledge which enabled her to actively engage in discussing solutions with other men and women in her community to problems that directly affect her. She now has a voice in regional level decision making instances, where women are usually under-represented.

The project brought transformative change in communities. Adivasi women have been elected leaders of their communities, take part to the decision-making processes and are now actively engaged in promoting dialogues on SDG 5,10 and 13 in their households, communities and beyond in their regions.

About the Organization /Team

Founded in 1945, CARE is one of the world’s leading humanitarian organizations, non-partisan and non-sectarian. In 2017, CARE worked in 93 countries around the world, reaching 63 million people through 950 programs. CARE has been working in India for over 65 years, focusing on alleviating poverty and social injustice. CARE India does this through comprehensive projects in health, education, livelihoods and disaster preparedness and response, with an overall goal of empowering women and girls from poor and marginalised communities leading to their active involvement in dialogues promoting SDGs and improvement in their lives and livelihoods.
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Realated SDGs
5 Gender Equality 10 Reduced Inequalities 13 Climate Action