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 Roopa make these maintaining excellent quality. They have been enthused by the appreciation of customers to whom the tase of homemade pickles has appealed very much. They have directly connected to the supporters in different cities who take and help sll further. Wider markets are needed.
We tried 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 manufacture their own needs. And to focus on local markets whenever and wherever possible.