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Project: Manufacturing plates from Areca leaf
Funding Awarded: 6,200 €
The Indian NGO MAEGA (Mass Empowerment for Growth Alternatives) Trust was granted funding to build manufacturing facilities to produce plates from leaves of Areca palm trees. It will benefit 20 women from the stone quarry communities. Those plates are biodegradable. The waste from the sheaves can be used for animal feed, biofuel bricks and compost.

Project: Micro credits for rearing animals
Funding Awarded: 4,200 €
The NGO WFW (Women for women) received funds for a microcredit scheme to enable 30 poor women, occasional labourers, to pay the costs of the professional education of their daughters. The microcredit will finance the rearing of goats, quails, and chickens. Beneficiaries will receive training and guidance. The scheme will be monitored by a Committee involving one representative from the self-help groups of women.

Project: Micro-credits for hand making of baskets
Funding Awarded: 6,000 €
The NGO CKB (Chaithanya Kala Bharathi) received funding to launch of micro-credits for the fabrication of handmade baskets by 50 very poor women coming from tribes. They will be trained and coached for the launching in the framework of Self-Help Groups. The demand for those products is high and comes from various sources. The reimbursement of loans will be used to be extend the project and involve new beneficiaries.

Project: Latrines and bathrooms
Funding Awarded: 3,960 €
The NGO CARD (Community Action for Rural Development) received funding for 6 latrines and 6 bathrooms in a technical college where the 120 boys are mostly from poor family background or Dalit families. The NGO has experience in constructing sanitary blocks.

Project: Construction of bore wells
Funding Awarded: 4,179 €
The Indian NGO SWEET (Society for Women Education and Economic Thrust) received funding the construction of 4 bore wells with hand pumps for tribal community. This is the only way to give them access to safe water since they are not allowed to fetch water from public drinking sources because of the caste system.

Project: Rice grinders
Funding Awarded: 1,340 €
WCDT (Weaker Community Development Trust) received funds for purchase of rice grinders to 20 vulnerable widows to enhance their socio, economic capacities. Through the wet-rice grinders they can mix the rice with other millet like corn, ragi, black gram and greens. They will be guided by a monitoring committee until they become financially self-reliant. This would allow them to feed, clothe and educate their families.


Project: Goats rearing
Funding Awarded: 4,400 €
The NGO RPS (Rural People’s Sangam) was seeking funds for giving goats to be reared to widows of the Irula Tribe, which is very poor. The beneficiaries will be 3 groups of ten young widows without any means of livelihood. Each widow will receive 2 goats and an appropriate training. Goat farming is well adapted to this region and goat meat is in demand. This income-generated activity will consist in selling meat and manure.

Project: Micro credits
Funding Awarded: 4,100 €
The Indian NGO SWEET (Society for Women Education and Economic Thrust) was seeking funds for setting up microcredits schemes for migrating, bonded women and poor widows of Dalit and tribal communities. Those schemes will develop milk producing and selling, shops of vegetables and fish, petty shops selling a variety of small foods and tailoring. They are aimed at preventing them from indebtedness towards illegal lenders with rates of 60% and bricks manufacturers who pay the debts and oblige the women to work in remote factories for reimbursement as bonded workers. Those practices have led to suicides of women with their children.

Project: Sheep rearing
Funding Awarded: 3,800 €
The Indian NGO MARPU was seeking funds for providing two female sheep and one ram to each woman of a group of 20. With the recovery of the loan (to be repaid for 3 years), other groups will become beneficiaries of such loan. All 160 women are Dalit, who are seasonal workers in the agriculture or construction workers or domestic helpers. With the sale of the lambs, the women will be able to double their earnings per year.

Project: Micro credits
Funding Awarded: 4,900 €
The Indian NGO SAVE (Social Action for Value Education) Trust asked for funding the launching of micro credits through income generating activities (eatery stall, petty shop and selling garment). The beneficiaries will be poor women living in slums and their families, chosen among the members of Self-Help Groups. After repayment of the interest free loans, similar credits would be granted to other women. They will be trained for those activities. This project should triple their income.

Project: Composting pits
Funding Awarded: 3,300 €
The Indian NGO SIRI (Society for Integrated Rural Improvement) was seeking funds in order to allow very poor tribal women forced to move because of civil struggles to get revenues through the composting in pits. The return on investment is high and there is a high demand for earthworm’s compost. The request concerns 10 beneficiaries from 20 families and involves six villages.


Project: Cow rearing for milk
Funding awarded: € 6,000
The NGO IRDP (Institute of Research and Development for the rural Poor) asked for funding the rearing of cows in order to produce and sell milk through a micro-credit scheme. The direct beneficiaries will be 20 vulnerable women (Dalit, single headed families, and so on) and the indirect ones their families. The loan repayment will be used for a next round of similar beneficiaries.

Project: Microcredit
Funding awarded: € 4,500
The Indian NGO Children Watch was seeking funds for launching a micro-credit scheme for 30 very poor women living in 5 neighbouring villages. After training they will receive micro credits for launching 4 income-generating activities: production of thatches for roofs or selling sweets, fruits or vegetables. Those activities will ensure them stable incomes since they only find work in occasional activities. The revolving fund will permit to extend those activities to other similar women. The fund will be steered by their own management committee (self-help group).

Project: Computer aided embroidery
Funding awarded: € 4,500
The Indian NGO NEWS (New Entity of Welfare Society), run by Dalits, was seeking funds for implementing an advanced skill training in computer aided embroidery. There is a heavy work demand and a good market for such products. After the training 15 marginalized women will receive sewing machines to start an income-generating activity. The repayment of the investment over time will give an opportunity to other women. This NGO was visited by end of 2017 by a volunteer and the feed-back was positive.

Project: Dairy buffaloes
Funding awarded: € 6,200
The Indian NGO SPRMMM (Sree Padma Rani Mary Mahila Mandali) was seeking funds for a revolving fund in order to enable 20 Dalit women to rear buffaloes with a view to selling milk and dung. There are good marketing facilities for milk in the two villages at stake. This project will also develop the empowerment of those very poor women. The repayment will permit to extend it to other women.

Project: Micro credits
Funding awarded: € 3,000
The Indian NGO Grace Trust asked for funding its micro-credit project for 25 Dalit scavenger women. The indirect beneficiaries will be 125 families from 10 Self Help Groups over the duration of the revolving fund. They will receive training on income-generating activities (tailoring, embroidering, marketing and accounting). This NGO has been visited by a volunteer and the feed-back was positive. Even though interest rating has been recalculated,

Project:  Micro-credits
Funding awarded: € 5,440
The Indian NGO OCD (Organization for Community Development) asked for funding micro-credits with a view to helping 62 widows, who lost their husbands due to a cyclone by end 2017 to develop income-generating activities. The loans will be interest-free and after repayment lent to new beneficiaries. Training and counselling sessions will be organized. This NGO was visited and much appreciated by a member of ECA by beginning of 2018.


Project:  Construction of a sanitary block in a nurse school
Funding awarded: € 3,300
The Indian NGO WFW (Women for Women) is seeking funds to build a sanitary block in a nurse school of 60 girls from the poorest rural groups, and thus replace the temporary structure, which is inadequate to the needs. This NGO has experience in similar constructions.

Project:  Goats rearing
Funding awarded: € 4,200
The Indian NGO SEWAA (Social Educational and Welfare Activities Association) asked for funding the rearing of goats by 25 tribal women who live in settlements for displaced persons and who are particularly vulnerable (such as widows or in charge of disabled persons). It will indirectly benefit to 1170 persons of their families. Each woman will receive two goats without having to repay them. The rearing will more than double the revenues, which they get through occasional works. They will be coached through regular meetings.

Project:  Goats rearing
Funding awarded: € 3,500
WAG (Women Action Group) was seeking funds for empowering 31 Dalit widows in a tribal area of Tamil Nadu through goats rearing. Those women have no revenues. This will therefore also benefit to the families on which they depend economically. Every woman will receive 1 male goat and 2 females and will give back 2 kids in year 2 to the NGO which will visit them regularly. The demand for goats has increased on the market.

Project:  Turkeys Rearing
Funding awarded: € 4,200
The Indian NGO EDUCATR (Education, Communication and Development Trust) asked for funding the rearing of turkeys by 30 Dalit women scavengers and further to 90 other ones by a revolving fund. It will indirectly benefit to their families. The sale of eggs and meat will much increase the revenues which they get through their usual work (collecting human excrements), after a training on rearing and marketing. They will be coached by the NGO.

Project:  Micro-credits
Funding awarded: € 5,000
The NGO NET (New Era Trust) has asked for financing a micro-credit revolving fund for 35 women whose husbands are suffering from HIV/AIDS. The micro-credit facility will be managed by a federation of beneficiaries under the supervision of the NGO. It will finance tailoring as well as chicken rearing and vegetable growing. The revolving fund will allow, with the repayments, to extend micro-credits to other poor women.

Project:  Drilling of bore wells
Funding awarded: € 5,500
The NGO Concord Trust was seeking funds in order to drill bore wells to provide potable water to 186 families in two villages. Most of them are marginal farmers and landless labourers, struggling to meet basic needs. The wells will reduce the drop out among girls at school and water borne diseases. The water will be managed by a committee.


Project:  Cow and goat breeding
Funding awarded: € 4,461.00
Project id: 2014/098
Communicare, a NGO of Andra Pradesh, asked for funding the establishment of a cooperative dairy for poor tribal women (including gypsies) . The dairy will be managed by a self help group composed of disadvantaged women. The women will keep half of the income, the remaining part will be used to acquire goats and cows. The goats will be distributed to other poor women.

Project: Microcredit
Funding awarded: € 5,000.00
Project id: 2015/164
SNEKITHI (which means Women’s friend) trust asked for the funding of microcredits for mothers of mentally disabled children. Since they have to take care of their children, they can only start small activities, like selling objects or food production. 30 women will be selected by the local “Self-Help Groups”. Once the capital has been rebuild other 30 women will be selected. This will continue in order to cover 103 households in 20 villages and after to support further development of the members’ businesses.


Project: Microcredit
Funding awarded: € 5,000.00
RPDS (Rural People Development Society) seeks funds for setting-up a micro-credit facility that will provide 40 poor women with the money needed to start a production of azolla. It is a fast growing fern that can be used to feed cattle, fish, pigs and poultry, with a very high protein content and rich in minerals, vitamins, etc. The repayment will allow supporting other women.


Project: Pigs rearing
Funding awarded: € 5,500.00
JRPDO (Jawahar Rural People’s Development Organisation) asked for creating piggery raising as a way to create sustained income generation for 75 women from 15 tribal villages, i.e. composed of marginalized people. The number of women will increase every year through the donation of two piglets by each of the 75 initial women. There is a constant demand for pork meat throughout the year.


NGO: Success Trust
Project: Microcredit for horticulture
Funding awarded: € 4,500.00
The applicant was seeking funds to support 25 marginalised women farmers in Tamil Nadu with training and micro-credit to cultivate intercrops of indigenous greens, vegetables and rice through organic farm methods. The repayments will become a revolving fund for new women to get a loan and training. The women will be selected on the basis of their cast (Dalit), family (number of children, widow or absent husband) and economic (poor or tenant) situation.


NGO: Grace Trust
Project: Microcredits for dairy cows
Funding awarded: € 5,000.00
Grace Trust asked for financing microcredits to allow very poor women (scavenger Dalits) to buy dairy cows. This project will double their monthly income by selling milk and dung. For the first year 25 women will be selected and receive training. After repayment, another group of 25 women will receive similar microcredits, which will raise to 75 the final number of women in 3 years.


Project: Economic empowerment of fisherwomen
Funding awarded: € 5,000.00
OCD (Organization for Community Development) was seeking funds for helping 50 very poor fisherwomen to add value to the fish by processing it, i.e. by drying, pickling or preparing dry fish chutney powder. Each fisherwoman will receive a microcredit to start such processing after training sessions. This income generating activity will help them to escape from the slavery of the moneylenders to whom they borrow money in order to buy the fish.


NGO: St. Mary’s Home
Project:  Latrines’ renovation
Funding awarded: € 4,000.00
St. Mary’s home for children was established in 1950.  There are at present 324 girls in the home in the age group of 12 to 18 years. According to a recent statistical survey, about 85% of the people in the region are poor, dominated and exploited.
The centre’s toilet block is very old.  The applicant is seeking funds to renovate the new toilet block and lavatory facilities for the orphan girls.
This project has been funded thanks to the donation of the Association Femmes d’Europe

Project: Tailoring training
Funding awarded: € 5,000.00
The project concerns a group of 14 villages located near the city of Guntur in Andhra Pradesh. It has around 46.000 inhabitants living in 10.800 houses. The target community is composed of people who are physically challenged and belong to a very low caste: “Scheduled Tribes and Backward class”, also known as “Dalits”. This is a particularly excluded community. The objective of the project for which funding is requested is to set up a training course in tailoring techniques which can be delivered to around 50 physically challenged persons, providing them with the skills needed to gain employment and earn their livelihood independently.



Project: Metal Roofs
Funding awarded: € 5,000.00

In partnership with CPCS, 800 metal roofs were distributed in help of 10 Nepali families having lost their home. The roofs are today installed on temporary shelters and will serve as permanent roof once the emergency phase is over and new stable houses will be built.

Project: Reconstruction of classes
Funding awarded: € 5,500.00
After Nepal earthquake, the Shree Sitaram School partially closed and primary classes were so damaged that they cannot welcome the pupils. 105 pupils don’t have any school.
The NGO is therefore seeking funds to rebuild the school. Works will be realized by local workers as soon as funds will be awarded.
The total cost is of 5,469.00 and is entirely requested from eu can aid!.



Project: Goats rearing
Funding awarded: € 4,700.00

Villagers of Rasool Pura and Dogranwala, Punjab, Pakistan are essentially brick makers; their income is below the poverty line in the Country. During the monsoon season bricks production is closed and the need of additional income has to be taken into account.
A goats rearing will be implement and 25 women will receive – in form of microcredit in kind – 3 goats each (2 female and one male) and other 25 women will receive one year later the same number of kid-goats.


Project: Solar panels
Funding awarded: € 4,800.00
The aim of the project is to set-up a training centre to provide access to education for young girls and boys in order to improve their long-term prospects. The request for funding addressed to ECA aims at buying and installing solar panels producing around 2 Kw of electricity from solar energy. Solar energy is widely available and more commonly used in India, which has become an important producer of solar panels.

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Project: Digging of wells
Funding awarded: € 5,100.00
The aim of the project is to provide alternative employment for women currently working rolling beedies, which involves tobacco and is harmful to health, by developing the skills of women for dairy farming. 20 women in Tamil Nadu will be provided with one cow each. The beneficiaries are expected to consume 20% of the milk produced for personal and family use. The rest will be sold to generate income.

Project: Microcredit
Funding awarded: € 6,000.00
The project aims at assisting 10 physically challenged persons aged between 18 and 25 living without any means of livelihood. They belong to the DALIT community, socially marginalized, poorest and the most exploited. They find it hard to make a living because of their disability. It is a matter of setting up small business enterprises (stalls) to sell vegetable, provision, fruit etc., which will enable them to earn their living, improve their socio-economic situation, become self-reliant and lead a decent life.

NGO: Grace Trust
Project: Goats rearing
Funding awarded: € 4,600.00
The project aims for economic empowerment of 40 disadvantaged scavenger women including young women and widows from the lowest cast in Indian society in 16 rural villages in the area of Usilampatti through income generation activities namely goat rearing trade. The women will receive trainings for 3 days on goat rearing activities, livestock management, small saving and micro-credit system. Then they will be given a loan to purchase three female goats and one male goat. Women will decide themselves how many goats they want to sell, but they will be encouraged to sell the male goats preferably.

Project: Goats rearing
Funding awarded: € 4,500.00
The project aims at increasing the source of income with better margin by orienting in direct selling (marketing and accounting skills) by 30 women in a cooperative manner. Each woman will receive a loan to help them start an economic activity. These loans are interest-free and should be repaid to the Self-help group account within two years. This will allow the groups to support further beneficiaries, making the project more value for the money obtained. 3 baby goats, the material required building a shelter for these and training will be provided.

Project: Sewing training
Funding awarded: € 5,000.00
The project is about setting up a 6-months training course in order to give 40 single or widowed women the opportunity to create a revenue generating activity (the creation of modern clothing) from their own home. The project will include the supply of materials as well as the set up of a collective marketing structure.


Project: Roof reconstruction
Funding awarded: € 9,600.00

In November 2013 a typhoon of unprecedented scale ravaged the Philippines, causing massive destruction and hundreds of deaths, with dramatic social and economic consequences. In cooperation with EC Central Staff Committee, eu can aid! launched a call on colleagues’ solidarity to provide, after the emergency aids, rehabilitation and reconstruction. The collected amount will be allocated to the projects that, in the meantime, eu can aid! has received.

This project concerns St Therese Educational Foundation in Tacloban. The school is today renovated thanks to a pool of private donors organised by Ms van Ypersele, applicant of the present project. But the roof of the administration building is still in very bad condition and needs to be entirely renovated.


Project: Philips Ultrasound System for Hospital in Punakha
Funding awarded: € 7,355

The hospital in Punakha is the only clinic in an area in which 40.000 people are living. The echography machine of the clinic ceased to function in 2012. A new machine is desperately needed. The total cost of the echography equipment is 14,710 €. A private donor will fund € 7,355 provided that eu can aid! confirms the funding of the remaining part of € 7,355.


Project: Dairy
Funding awarded: € 4,500
The aim of the project is to provide alternative employment for women currently working rolling beedies, which involves tobacco and is harmful to health, by developing the skills of women for dairy farming. 20 women in Tamil Nadu will be provided with one cow each. The beneficiaries are expected to consume 20% of the milk produced for personal and family use. The rest will be sold to generate income.

Project: Skill training in coir rope
Funding awarded: € 2,500
The aim of the project is to provide an opportunity for Dalit women to learn the skill of coir making with locally available raw material (coconut). The project will improve the status and economic standard of the women by increasing the income from 1500 INR to 3500 INR per month and increase the number of employment days from 90 to 250 per year. The income from the training unit will fund schooling for the children. The budget includes the set-up of the coir training unit, the installation of 20 coir making machines at the Jodichinthala (Andhra Pradesh) training center. After the training, the beneficiaries will be linked with banks for financial support to start their own coir production units nearer their homes.

Project: Fish farming
Funding awarded: € 5,000
The program aims to promote fish culture at public water bodies in 10 villages in Tuticorin District of Tamil Nadu. In addition, the program will create enhanced family revenues and foster an increased awareness of the imperative need for environmental protection of water resources. The water bodies (called ooranies) will be cleaned and deepened and the fish culture will be installed. Training and the creation of a water committee are foreseen. The project is co-financed by the applicant itself (€ 5,000.00) and by the Regional Council of Poitou-Charentes, who has accorded matching funds for an amount of € 5,500.00.


Project: Micro-financing
Funding awarded: € 1,700
Helping to secure incomes of marginalized women
Many women living in India’s rural communities are marginalised particularly if they are widows or single mothers. To help such women help themselves and their families, eu can aid! supported a project to both train and provide seed capital to 10 beneficiaries enabling them to start their own business.

Project: Access to drinking water
Funding awarded: € 6,000
Improving access to clean and safe drinking water
The project intends to improve access to drinking water for 60 families and the sanitary installations in a village in Uttar Pradesh. It consists of building a well and a reservoir, powered by a solar pump.
Please contact us for details concerning this project, the funding awarded and the project as implemented

Project: Needlework training
Funding awarded: € 4,700
A worthy future for 50 young girls
The project aims to provide training in sewing and embroidery for 50 young girls and women from different villages around the town of Kurnool. An awareness-raising programme will be hosted in each village to recruit participants. The 6-month training course held twice a year for two groups will include accommodation, food and literacy training in the evenings. After the course, the graduates will receive coaching from businesses to help them to start their own business.

The request concerns the provision of sewing machines, material and related supplies.

NGO: Manab Seva
Project: Finalising construction of an orphanage
Funding awarded: € 1,350
Giving more comfort to orphans
The reception centre for 25 young boys, built in October 2010, is part-funded by the local government (food, clothes, health care, and teachers’ salaries). In 2011 a second story was added to cope with growing demand.

The financing requested concerns the installation of a fan, doors and windows, electricity and plumbing.  Amount requested: €1,350.
The project is financed thanks to a donation from the Commission’s Yoga Group.

Project: Vocational training for young girls
Funding awarded: € 5,750
Vocational training for young girls

As a result of financial and/or cultural reasons many young girls in India are uneducated, and thereby struggle to earn a living later in life. In this project, eu can aid! provided funding to help increase employment opportunities for 50 such marginalized young girls aged between 14 – 18 years living in the Kadapa District, Andhra Pradesh. The project offers the girls training in hand embroidery as well as help and assistance to start their own business at the end of the training. Further, some of the proceeds from the sale of products produced will go towards training more beneficiaries.

Project: Water purifiers
Funding awarded: € 2,700
Providing access to safe, clean drinking water

For many poor communities living in India, access to safe, clean drinking water is a luxury not all can afford. eu can aid! supported a project aimed at helping such communities by providing 100 beneficiaries in 5 villages with water purifiers. A training session on water and sanitation issues is also foreseen.

NGO: Worth
Project: Micro-financing
Funding awarded: € 7,400
Empowering women

In many countries, women are left marginalized and have no or only limited opportunities to earn an income to help support themselves and their families. eu can aid! helped support a project in India that gave 20 such women access to affordable financing to start a small vending business. Further, as loans are repaid, more beneficiaries can be helped.


Project: Emergency centre for street children
Funding awarded: € 4,300
Combating tropical diseases.
The project concerns the creation of an emergency medical centre open 24/7 for street children in the Lazimpat region. The centre will provide emergency treatment for tropical diseases and problems linked to malnutrition.

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