Feb 17, 2021

Building Opportunities for Women

Dear Friend,

The participation of women in the workforce not only encourages women but the nation as well. Financial inclusion of women increases their access to resources and also helps reduce women’s vulnerability. 

Seen 50 springs of life, Sovni lives with her husband and kids; 3 daughters and 1 married son. Her family is engaged in agriculture work and are dependent on it for livelihood. Her son is daily wage laborer and travels to Udaipur everyday in search of work. Sovni was living under primitive conditions as the rains are not much supportive in the area. With the Seva Mandir intervention, Sovni became a member of Self-Help-Group in 2018. She has saved Rs. 1,700 ($24) through this group.

She took part in vegetable cultivation activity and cultivated Okra, Cluster bean, Bottle gourd, Coriander, and Ridge gourd. At the harvesting time, she grew around 160 kg of vegetables and earned Rs. 7,000 ($96). Now, she invested the amount and bought an ox (untrained bull) for Rs. 6,000 ($82). She believes this investment will help her in field work for future similar interventions.

At present, she has cultivated rose in her fields and also maintaining a nursery of marigold. She is happy that Seva Mandir’s interventions are helping her at this stage of life and feels encouraged to do more to secure the future of her family.

Presently, Seva Mandir is helping 20,000 women run 1,300 Self Help Groups. Without your support none of this would be possible, so a heartfelt thank you goes out to you for supporting our efforts in empowering women. 

Best regards,

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team

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Feb 11, 2021

Learning is for Teachers as Well!

Hello Friend,

As you know, learning is a continuous process. Therefore, we at Seva Mandir have always believed in enhancing the capacities of our staff as well as of teachers. Building capacities not only motivates the teachers but also directly benefits the children enrolled at the schools.  

Recently, a 6 days residential training was conducted for 15 teachers to upgrade their knowledge and teaching skills.  The teachers were very excited about the training and with great enthusiasm, learned the concepts of activity-based learning. 

All the teachers actively participated in the sessions conducted on understanding curriculum, sports, Covid-19 safety measures, menstruation & personal hygiene, critical issues related to children, and storytelling.

The teachers of the bridge schools are appointed from the local communities and greatly appreciate such training sessions where they not only get a break from their regular schedule but also get exposure to new things.  

Regular teachers’ training is an important part of our project to ensure that children receive the best possible learning. Currently, 5000 children are studying in a decentralized group through bridge schools.

Many thanks for all your support in the past, and we look forward to your continued support to provide education to children.

If you have any questions, please email us at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org

Thanks & Best Regards,

Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir Team


Feb 8, 2021

Supporting Farmers and Providing Solutions

Dear Friend,

84% of the farmers in rural parts of our work area are small and marginal farmers earning only about INR 13,000 (USD 185) annually from agriculture. The outputs from agriculture and livestock are usually less than the state and national averages. As a result, after their family’s consumption, farmers are left with little or no surplus for sale to enhance their income.

A recent survey states that 30-50% of all agriculture-dependent rural households in this region are facing indebtedness. Even after a good harvest, it is a challenge for a farmer to earn any meaningful income without connectivity to markets. Not only do most farmers live far from markets, but they also have little understanding of how they work. Furthermore, they sell their produce as individuals and not as a group, which would help to achieve economies of scale.

Seva Mandir works with farmers to increase their income by identifying critical areas in the farmers’ value chain and providing solutions. Seva Mandir uses its community-based agri-extension service model, through trained agriculture workers called ‘Krishi-karyakartas’ and agriculture experts, to support these farmers at every stage of the production cycle to ensure best results.

Through our network of women’s Self-Help Groups (SHGs), we help women farmers to start agricultural and livestock-based livelihood activities at an entrepreneurial level. SHG members can take out loans from their group to invest in their farms and livestock. They are given training and other technical assistance to implement the business plan with the help of experts from farmer-producer organisations or social enterprises, trained agriculture workers and local agri-entrepreneurs. These groups are evaluated from time to time to measure their progress in building entrepreneurship.

Seva Mandir works in tandem with the community groups and federations that we have helped set up to enable them to aggregate farm produce in order to achieve economies of scale, enabling farmers to receive a fair price at current wholesale prices and to benefit from these organisations’ expertise in rural agri-business developments in the region.

Through this intervention, Seva Mandir aims to increase the prosperity of the rural farming community by enhancing their entrepreneurial capabilities through links to training and credit and by giving them access to fair markets, without the need to travel long distances.

Many thanks to you for all your help and support to our project. It is because of your support we have been able to help increase profits of these farmers. 


Atul Lekhra & the Seva Mandir team 

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