Kousalya was married at an age of 19 and by the time she turned 20, she was already a widow, HIV positive and thrown out of her marital home. She caught the virus from her husband, who had kept his positive status a secret from her. This is when she decided to fight for her rights and became the first woman in India to publicly disclose her HIV positive status. Today, over 30,000 HIV+ women and children are positively impacted by Kousalya's amazing work.
When farmers of Navalgund, North Karnataka faced a frequent drought and water-less monsoons, they adopted the simple idea of farm pond to irrigate their farms. A simple, quick and sustainable way to store rainwater and use it when necessary throughout the year has resulted in miraculous positive impact in the lives of thousands of farmers in this rain-fed region. While other farmers are facing crop losses, they have managed to multiply their profits. This is how they did it and why every farmer in a drought-prone area should do it too.
When the students of a school lacked access to clean drinking water in Belgaum, a 22-year-old engineer came up with a portable, affordable and effective water filter to solve the issue. The pocket-sized water filter costs just Rs 20 and can purify water instantly.
What can a simple cafe do? Well, it can change lives. And this is exactly what MITTI Cafe has done. A cafe managed and run exclusively by differently-abled people, MITTI has brought not just the positive behavioural change in its employees but has also led to an actual physical change. Read more about the amazing cafe and its heartwarming journey!
Vishwanath Kenchi, a 50-year-old weaver from Gajendragad, Karnataka spent 25 years struggling to make his ends meet. The meagre wage and poor condition of weavers made him start a handloom production business in 2007. Today, after 10 years, he has 50 looms in his units and 120 weavers work under him. His annual profit of 2016 stood tall at Rs 90 lakhs. This is how a humble weaver became a beacon of hope for the entire weaving community in Gajendragad.
Arkhiben Vankar is a walking encyclopedia of traditional knowledge when it comes to herbs and plants. She has been helping farmers save their crops through her amazing herbal innovations, which are giving competition to other products in the market.
An infant was abandoned by her parents because Rekha, a transgender donated blood to her. They left the baby in front of Rekha’s door and never came back. Rekha adopted the baby and raised her. Rekha’s story is not new. Often transgenders face discrimination when it comes to blood donation. Read more about Rekha’s journey, how the LGBTQ community has been “banned” to donate blood and what you can do about it.
Women from rural India gather enough courage and come together to speak about their HIV positive status, how they got it and how they have been living an inspiring life in spite of many challenges. Hear and watch their hearttouching stories in their own words.
In spite of gender based reservations, women electives in rural political space act as mere figureheads and fail to bring an effective change on the ground. But a few women from rural West Bengal have not just proved to be effective political leaders, but also inspired other women to speak their mind. Read more about the lives of these inspiring leaders and how they did it