IDS board member Jerry Gosenpud met with Chandrakala Bhargaw (left) and her two sons on July 30, 2018 when the family visited Chicago. Adarsh Mahila Griha Udyog (AMGU), Chandrakala’s NGO, is carrying on the work she established in preventing dowry marriages. When meeting with self-help groups, AMGU educates families in the disadvantages of dowry marriages.
These days, however, the primary reason for AMGU’s self-help group meetings is to teach organic farming techniques to women farmers. Organic farming is a new project supported by IDS. It turns out that organic farming is healthier for farmers (because of the lack of pesticides, there is much less sickness). These organic farms are efficient—their yields are much higher than average in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra, where AMGU is based. This farming project is so successful that these women are teaching their farmer-husbands their newer organic farming techniques!