Processing forest amla and making quality products has been an activity of many years. Processing and selling of tamarind and groundnut are also going on. Some linkages with organic shops have been established. But in the drought all this took a step back as there was neither amla nor tamarind nor groundnut.
Pickles are being made and marketed. Annapurna and Varalu make these, and have understood the need for excellent quality. They have been enthused by the appreciation of customers to whom the tase of homemade pickles has appealed very much. Wider markets are needed.
Tailoring is a good option that has local viability. An organic shop suggested that cloth bags be stitched by village women for them. We are hoping for wider and wider engagements to work out.
We are trying bee keeping as an option. A friend suggested bamboo furniture as our area is rich in bamboo. We need to widen the range of products and expand markets, as so far it is limited.
Through all this one basic thing that is always in our minds, is to enable people to manufactore their own needs. And to focus on local markets whenever and wherever possible.