Making Change With Change
During the Pact checkout process, you are able to donate a dollar to the Chetna Organic Cotton Cooperative. Chetna represents more than 25,000 family farmers spread across Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Orissa states in India, many of whom derive their entire livelihoods from as little as a single acre of land. Chetna’s mission is to help these small, rural households to advance their living standards by promoting organic agriculture.
Every quarter, your generosity goes to support specific initiatives that Chetna is passionate about. Here’s how you’ve been able to help with so far…
1. The Health & Empowerment of Women: Smokeless Stoves
Recent studies in India suggest that 65% of national air pollution is contributed by rural India through burning of agriculture crop waste/rubble/stalks and burning firewood for cooking. Moreover, rural women and girl children are more exposed to the hazardous smoke emissions given their roles within the household. The burden of collecting firewood and water also disproportionately falls to women as, making it time prohibitive to engage in other activities such as improving literacy, teaching children, running enterprises & income generation, recreation activities and rest.
Your donation helped put 62 smokeless cook stoves into Pawnoor village, improving the lives and the potential of women worldwide.
2. Training & Inspiring Youth: A New Facility
Over the past few years, Chetna has facilitated the construction of a full-fledged training center focused on enhancing the capacities of young women (school drop outs) and young men from cotton farming communities. The center imparts structured entrepreneurship development trainings (tailoring/embroidery, repairing of tractors & motors, electrical, masonry, plumbing, etc.), creating skills that can lead to additional income generation for cotton farming families.
Your donation went towards laying a pathway from the gate leading to the center to enable the movement of transport vehicles and to safeguard participants from snakes when entering the center for training.