RAJASTHAN – PALI
ACHIEVEMENTS IN PALI
- 5/5Villages Completed
- 5 Dams Check Dams Built
- 9400 Trees Planted
- 31 MillionGallons Water Capacity Built
- $25,000Invested so far
- 17748 Individuals Impacted
- Ground water table down to 650 ft
- High salinity water not conducive for agriculture
- Youth population migrating out of the districts to cities in search of employment abandoning traditional agriculture
Our Hero Story
Amla Ruia has transformed the face of over 100 villages in Rajasthan by using traditional water harvesting techniques and building check dams. This is the story of how she made it all possible by engaging the local community and generating an income of Rs. 300 crores per annum for 2 lakh villagers.
It is not unusual to see dry and deserted farms in Rajasthan, a land known for its scorching summers, parched soil and lack of sufficient water to sustain normal life. But there are some villages where water is no longer a problem, farmers are growing not one but three crops a year, and households are even earning additional income from animal husbandry!
Amla founded Aakar Charitable Trust to translate her thoughts into action and started researching the water troubles of Rajasthan.
Amla started her work by constructing check dams near the villages. Check dams, also known as khadin, are structures that involve comparatively small masonry constructions and extensive earthen bunds. They are most effective in hilly terrain where the whole hill range can be used as catchment for the reservoir. They have all the advantages of the large dams and none of the disadvantages, such as displacement and rehabilitation of people, huge underutilized dead storage of water, water logging, risk of breach causing extensive damage to life and property, etc. They are also cost effective.
Today, Aakar Charitable Trust has constructed 200 check dams in 100 villages of Rajasthan, and impacted over 2 lakh people who earn a combined income of Rs. 300 crore per year and we have just completed a successful pilot collaborating with Aakar Charitable Trust in 4/5 villages in Rajasthan.
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