Suna Subba

    ladies empowerment - Suna Subba

    Sheila Tamang

    ladies empowerment - Sheila Tamang

    Maya Devi

    ladies empowerment - Maia Devi

    Meena Mira Lama

    ladies empowerment - Meera Lama

    Jamuni Mangar

    ladies empowerment - Jamuni Mangaar

    How has Makaibari empowered ladies

    The more marginalized a community the greater the exploitation of ladies. The same was applicable for the ladies of Makaibari. Simple solutions opened the doors of their awakening

    Ladies always bend their back the hardest in any corner of the globe and are always relegated to second class citizenship.

    "The lifestyle of the plucker ladies of Makaibari was an arduous one till the late sixties. A typical day, commenced at 4am to gather a head load of firewood for the daily cooking.  Off they went to the fields after sending off the children to school, their husbands to work  after breakfast, a hard days toil in the fields, mostly picking tea, an hours break for lunch, and back again to cooking, scrubbing, feeding the household, and finally to tired slumber.
    Providing cows, altered their lifestyles dramatically. The slurried dung, released the methane, which trapped in a hod, provided a source of renewable, alternative energy on tap. This factor alone provided the cushion for a renaissance for ladies empowerment, as now the ladies did not have to awaken at 4am for the firewood.
    They now had organic manure from the dung to supplement healthy free vegetables and fruit at their table from the kitchen garden, free milk as well to boot. The surplus fruit, vegetables, milk and biodynamic compost they sold to further augment their income. That was the beginning of the voyage to empowerment."

    Find out about those inspirational achievments and women in detail from the book "The Rajah of Darjeeling Organic Tea Makaibari" written by Rajah Banerjee and available at Barnes and Noble or on Amazon.

    "Soils constitute the foundation of vegetation and agriculture. Forests need it to grow. We need it for food, feed, fiber, fuel and much more."

    José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General - International Year of Soils 2015: Healthy soils for a healthy life