In the 1st week of February, I came across one eminent personality “Mr Chaitramji Pawar” who devoted 2 & ½ Decades of his life to make his village self-sustainable.
This was possible only because of Vivekanand Seva Mandal - NGO based in Dombivali, runs a library for engineering students & is also actively working in various tribal villages across Thane district. Mr Ketan Bondre and Mr Hemant Gokhale insisted me to visit this village along with them and no surprise I just fell in love with this village.
The name of the village is “Baripada” situated in Sakhi Taluka, Dhule District on Maharashtra-Gujarat border.
The introduction of the village will help you in understanding more about the work accomplished so far:
I feel above points self-demonstrate the dedication & devotion of Mr Chaitramji Pawar.
Below points are few things which I observed & want to definitely tell you:
What will Shop for Change work on?
After closely seeing his work we decided to support the villagers to get direct market access to their farm fresh produce. 70% of villagers cultivate Rice in their field hence we decided to start developing market access for Indrayani Rice. Shop for Change will make sure that farmers get maximum benefit out of this transaction. Although distance will add extra cost still we will try to make this fair price for customers & at the same time farmers will get their fair share.
Few Know How on… Rice/paddy crop
It takes almost 4-5 months for farmers to cultivate the paddy crop and finally convert the same in rice which we eat.
One acre land produces about 15 - 20 quintals of rice.
Average yearly gross income of Rice Farmer is about 60,000 to 70,000 INR. This is not his final income.
He spends about 15,000 to 20,000 INR towards various expenses to cultivate the 1-acre land.
What is so special about this rice?
To buy rice online and to get it at your doorstep
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Saameer Ravindra Athavale
Fair Trade Activist
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