In the Thar Desert, we combine ecological agriculture with health, education and empowerment, especially for girls and women.
Life in the Thar Desert in the western part of Rajasthan in India is not easy. It consists of heat, dust, wind and extreme dryness. And, as a result, also great poverty. Rain falls only during one month of the year and is completely absent in two out of three years. The rough climate especially determines the lives of the girls and women. They are responsible for fetching water and walk up to 10 hours a day in the heat of the desert, half of the way with heavy loads. 60-85% of the women are illiterate.
SEANNA FROM THE THAR DESERT
When rain comes, small farmers can cultivate senna – a plant whose healing power humans have been using for over 1,000 years. Senna is a frugal plant that grows where no food plant can thrive. It requires only little water and no pesticides or fertilizers. Therefore, Martin Bauer Group purchase senna from the Thar Desert in sustainably certified quality. Thus, the families receive a fair income in the dry period after the harvest.
MARTIN BAUER GROUP IS COMMITED
Beyond our sourcing, we are committed to the well-being of the people in our supply chain. In Rajasthan, we work together with the two NGOs WomenServe and Traditional Medicinals on the Revive! project.
THREE COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTERS ESTABLISHED
With our financial support, three Community Resource Centers were built between 2009 and 2014. In the centers, the senna harvest can be stored dry and clean, as well as grain, feed and seeds for the next sowing. But the centers are much more for the communities: they combine agriculture with health, education and empowerment.
THE REVIVE! PROJECT
Since 2009, the project has been committed to the senna families in the Thar Desert and especially to the girls and women in the communities. It has already achieved a lot in five areas. For example:
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