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meet Sukanti the goat farmer

Our Geraldine's been over in India visiting one of the projects supported by the innocent foundation. Scoot over to the innocent foundation blog to read about her encounter with a lady called Sukanti, who farms goats in the Chilika Lake region in the east of India. 

This is Sukanti here, with her son, one of her goats and a friend. 

Sukanti with her son, a goat and a friend

 

a visit to Berhampur village

Covering 425 sq miles (1,100 sq km), the Chilika lagoon in India is the largest brackish water lake in Asia. Chilika is separated from the Bay of Bengal by a sandy ridge, with just a narrow channel connecting to the sea. Our Geraldine has been over there visiting Berhampur village on Chilika Lake, spending time seeing for herself the progress of a project supported by the innocent foundation, via Jeevika Trust

Berhampur

Geraldine met a group of women who have directly benefited from the project already. They've formed local self-help groups, and received training in how to make the most of their natural resources. They now have access to funds and pool their savings, which means that they've been able to do things they wouldn't otherwise have been able to do. They were keen to show Ge the different ways they were now able to make a living:

Some bring in money by cultivating crabs and prawns...

cultivating crabs on Berhampur Island

Cultivating crabs on Berhampur Island Cultivating crabs on Berhampur Island

…Some have improved their crop harvests by investing in vermicomposting...

vermicomposting

…and some are now cultivating cashew nuts, bananas or coconuts.

farming in Berhampur farming in Berhampur

You can read more about Geraldine's visit to Berhampur, and about some of the people she met, over on the innocent foundation's website.

women in Berhampur

Geraldine has been in India

Geraldine from our HR team has been in India visiting one of the innocent foundation's partner organisations, Jeevika Trust, and working on a couple of projects with them. 

Jeevika Trust was founded in 1970 as a non-religious, non-political UK charity, whose mission is to tackle the roots of poverty. Our Ge visited their ‘Eco-Berhampur’ project, based on an island where 80% of the population live below the poverty line ($US1 per day). The project aims to develop Berhampur village by empowering the villagers to make the most of their natural resources, and become economically and environmentally sustainable.

The innocent foundation was set up in 2004 and its aim is to help the world's hungry. The latest stats show that 1 in 8 people in the world suffer from hunger. The numbers are shocking: in India alone, over 7,000 people die of hunger every single day.

We'll be posting her full account of her trip over on the innocent foundation site over the next week or so: read part one now

  This is me

Words from yam farmers of Madagascar

Over the past three years, the innocent Foundation has partnered with Feedback Madagascar to support a project aiming to develop yam cultivation as a sustainable income-generating activity for target communities.

We’re really excited about the impact that this project has had and, whilst we’d happily sit here and share all the details with you, we thought these people would do a better job…

Over to you, yam farmers of Madagascar:

  Yam farmer marohita

‘I harvested about 2 tons last yam harvest. We ate 1 and a half, kept 150kg for seed and distributed 350kg to other members. We ate yams non-stop for 6 months and didn't feel hungry at all during the 'hungry season' and whilst we were house-building.’
Ralaikoa Jean Baptist from Soafanolo, Ambohimahamasina Commune.

Rapinaivola's wife & daughter

‘As we only produced 60kg we kept all of it for seed for the 2012-13 season. We became convinced of the benefits of yam farming after seeing results that other yam farmers got after being trained. Yams are a fantastic food for children, making them chubby!’
Rapinaivola from Soalazaina, Sendrisoa Commune (Rapinaivola's wife & daughter are pictured above).

Cooked yam

‘We harvested 1,800kg in the last yam harvest, which we ate for 5 months (…). I'm satisfied with the results we got and love yams as they're easily digested and healthy. My family continually try to improve the yam recipes we use, for example making yams into baby food or mixing them with different vegetables or beans.’
Rahaovalahy Samuël from Antsahabe, Sendrisoa Commune (there's a photo of some cooked yam above).

 
Ramana & children 

‘I gained 100,000 Ariary from selling yams: enough to pay for school kits for my 4 children.’
Ramana "Rawily", Chief of Fokontany (pictured above with two of his children).
 

If you’d like to hear more about Feedback Madagascar, click here. And you can find out more about the innocent Foundation and the projects we work with here.