There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.

Kofi Annan


  • India is home to 1/4 of the world’s under-nourished population, over 1/3 of the world’s under-nourished children and nearly 1/3 of the world’s food-insecure people.

  • Over 210 million people live below the poverty line in rural India alone.


We’re working hard to change that…. Through our Project SEED we are empowering Dalit women to break the cycle of poverty.

Delivered by WORD, this 3-year initiative works with 140 Dalit women farmers & other low-caste villagers in 13 villages in North West Tamil Nadu. Beneficiaries generate income using cost-effective, eco-friendly technologies to sustain their organic farming: they collect, exchange & store organic seeds & produce organic fertilisers & pesticides for sale to non-project farmers from their Seed Wealth Centre. Another 75 Dalit women in Self-Help Groups are trialling the production of cloth sanitary napkins for local use. The project also improves the school retention rates of 150 Dalit girls & boys through evening tuition & conversational English. Membership of 965 women & adolescent girls in Watch Dog Committees also helps combat domestic violence, child marriage, child labour & other forms of sexual exploitation.

Please click here to download the full Project SEED handout.

Project SEED : The Facts

Delivering Partner: Women’s Organisation for Rural Development (WORD)

Supported by: Innocent Foundation

Duration: Completed

Location: Tamil Nadu, Southern India

Focus: Health & Nutrition, Women’s Income Generation

Direct Beneficiaries: 1197

Indirect Beneficiaries: 130

Total lives touched: 1327

Take a look at the photo gallery below to see Project SEED in action.

Project SEED Case Studies

Project SEED helps real people… Read our case studies below to find out how millet cultivation and water cultivation helped two women living in rural India.

Shanti is one of 140 women benefiting from a joint initiative between Jeevika Trust and Tamil Nadu-based Women’s Organisation for Rural Development (WORD). 

Read on to find out how Project SEED has changed the lives of Shanti and her family…

The offer to install drip irrigation on one acre of my land was a blessing as it enables me to water my plants adequately with minimum wastage.

Project SEED has helped over 1,250 people living in rural India but there are still so many villages we haven’t reached yet.

So please do consider making a donation to help us continue these projects in India. Every penny raised will help improve the lives of women and girls who are continuously ignored whilst the rich, get richer.

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We are committed to maintaining our relationships with the villages which our projects serve & our initiatives are designed to have long-term, sustainable benefits for the whole community. Click the link below to see our past projects.

PLEASE NOTE: Jeevika Trust is not a grant-making organisation. We build meaningful relationships with our partner organisations & develop projects together. We do not consider unsolicited requests for funding & we are currently fully committed to our six existing partners.

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