Holistic Village Development through Self Reliance and Institutional Strength

June 20, 2017

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Holistic Village Development through Self Reliance and Institutional Strength

About the Implementing organization

Name: Ratanpur Village Association

Country: India

Year of establishment: 2012

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization

Description

In its 4 years of existence the village has established and achieved the following to cater the needs of its members:
a) Seed self-reliance trough a community managed seed bank preserving and exchanging indigenous quality seeds
b) A village level weekly market serving as a platform for purchase and sale of of agri-produces of farmers.
c) Access to potable water to all 104 households
d) Electrified village through collective community contribution
e) A village development fund contributed by members to meet common development needs and serve as safety net.
f) Social action against alcoholism and other addictions
g) Community run supplementary education classes for school children.
h) Common meeting hall and temple constructed through member contribution
j) Clean village and leading the clean India campaign for 35 villages in the area
k) Created access to financial products of savings and insurance for village members
m) Established nutrition gardens in each house hold to meet supplement nutritional needs.
n) Active Biodiversity Protection Group.
o) Active Women's Thrift Group.
p) Community run Village information centre and village library
r) Community run milk collection centre

Nature Element

Forests / Drylands

Type of Action

Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Mainstreaming into sectors / Access and benefit sharing / Pollution prevention, clean up / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Water security / Disaster risk reduction / Peace and security / Health / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)

            

Environmental Impacts

Increased green cover with plantation of 2471 saplings
Created 72148 cu.m of rainwater harvesting capacity
Weekly cleanliness drives with participation of all villagers
100 hectares of land brought under sustainable agriculture practices
4 hectares of orchard plantation
40 verities of rare and indigenous seeds that were on the verge of extinction identified and conserved

Sustainable Development Impacts

Household food and nutrition security ensured with 100 hectares of land brought under cultivation with a potential productivity of 1 metric tonne of food grains every year and 38 perennial nutrition gardens providing access to a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits to households. The Collective milk society with a collection of 90 - 200 litres / day (depending upon the season) improving profit margins by Rs. 4- 5 per litre of milk boosting livelihoods.
Local wealth creation and retention through a thrift cooperative of 84 women members
Strengthened village infrastructure through community contribution - new infrastructure such as street lighting, village library and community meeting place among others.

Scalability

The key strength of Ratanpur Village Association is its collective strength and the inclusion of each and every household of the village in the development agenda. While Reliance Foundation as partner organisation was key in seeding the idea of inclusive and self-reliant development, Ratanpur is model village in the region as a result of the strong institution and initiatives driven by the strength and innovation of the community. While there are many innovations under the holistic model that can be easily scaled, and replicated such as the weekly market. community run night school, women's thrift cooperatives, kitchen gardens and seeds banks, the model as a whole also has the potential to be scaled and replicated in villages across the country and other developing contexts as it is built upon the idea of using local strengths and resources.

Replicability

The key strength of Ratanpur Village Association is its collective strength and the inclusion of each and every household of the village in the development agenda. While Reliance Foundation as partner organisation was key in seeding the idea of inclusive and self-reliant development, Ratanpur is model village in the region as a result of the strong institution and initiatives driven by the strength and innovation of the community. While there are many innovations under the holistic model that can be easily scaled, and replicated such as the weekly market. community run night school, women's thrift cooperatives, kitchen gardens and seeds banks, the model as a whole also has the potential to be scaled and replicated in villages across the country and other developing contexts as it is built upon the idea of using local strengths and resources.

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