With the objective of supporting sustainable livelihood for the underprivileged communities and development of community around the area of operation, we have initiated some projects such as Tarang Warli Art, Poultry Farm, Marigold Cultivation, Rice Cultivation, Paper Bag Project, amongst others. These projects were aimed at making these underprivileged community self-sustaining and independent.
Warli painting is a very popular form of painting. Although the Adivasi people know the art, they are unable to generate income from it. Moreover, the middlemen earn their share of money but the real artists never get what they deserve. Our CSR team started this initiative to promote Warli painting and propagate the culture in order to create a reliable source of income for the community.
We provided an ‘Earn and Learn System’ to the talented artists, with the objective of giving them the opportunity to grow as a multifaceted personality. This initiative reinforces our commitment to foster an egalitarian society and promote the art of Warli painting. It also allows us to bridge the gap between rural and urban.
Our team conducted professional level training programme for Warli Painting in association with CTES’S Taraporwala Institute of Culture, Tarapur at different Government Ashram Schools for a week. We also set up ‘Tarang Warli Art Workshop’ to make the Warli painting and handicraft as an important sustainable livelihood opportunity.
Under the initiative of the livelihood for the underprivileged, we have initiated some projects in the identified areas around. Poultry farming was one of the initiative. Taking forward on this activity, we have worked with MSLRM, Maharashtra State Rural Livelihoods Mission, who guides the team for achieving the goal by providing trainings on forming teams, maintaining records, how to provide the vaccination, how to feed etc. For this we have made SHGs, the female groups. These Self-Help Groups from the village work together with guidance and help from our team and MSLRM. Two such teams started working on this initiative and started making regular income, which is sustainable in nature.
As part of our Skill Development CSR, two female Self-Help Groups (SHG) in the identified areas, in association with Maharashtra State Rural Livelihood Mission (MSRLM) Department-Palghar, were trained in the cultivation of Marigold at Gargaon. Some of the SHGs started the cultivation of marigold for the income generation.
Tata Steel CSR and MSRLM organised training on rice cultivation with the SRI technique (System of Rice Intensification). We are implementing a pilot project on enhancing livelihoods through SRI, which led to higher production at low cost.
Tis Wish in association with our CSR team conducted an employment and career-oriented workshop on ‘Paper Bag ‘, ‘Beauty Parlour’ and ‘Driving Training’, which was attended by various female and male groups. After successfully completing the training sessions, some of the groups started implementing the newly acquired skill as a means of making a livelihood. The trained drivers started driving commercial vehicles. Approximately 40 villagers (male and female) attended the workshop.
Our CSR team arranged for an exposure visit for female SHG groups from Gargaon and Khaniwade along with MSRLM at the jute bag making project of female SHG groups at Lalthane, and the Boiler Poultry Farm at Dabhon in Palghar District.