Food and water are two of the most basic needs in the world. With a reliable and safe water source, farmers can irrigate their land, produce diverse crops and bring them to market securing a more sustainable livelihood. We’ve helped farming families construct over 700 wells to increase their crops and income, whilst protecting their environment.

Of India’s growing population of over 1 billion people, over 70% live in rural areas and depend on agriculture as their main source of livelihood. 

Agricultural subsistence relies heavily on water supplies so most farmers are dependent on rainfall. If they are unable to consistently secure survival on their land alone, they can be vulnerable to exploitation, little income and an unstable future for their family.

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We work in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh where over 90% of the population is dependent on agriculture. Despite this, only 15% of farmers are using irrigation techniques, instead relying on unpredictable monsoon rains.


With our partner Action for Social Advancement (ASA) we give farmers the knowledge and equipment to safely construct wells and implement Lift Irrigation Systems (LIS).

Chhattisgarh is a particularly needy state, the rural populations are extremely poor and lacking in many basic resources. Farmers are working the land with their bare hands, often lack in coordinated efforts and are not necessarily aware of government farming schemes that they are entitled to. We work together with them to develop their understanding and practice of organic farming techniques and provide support and expertise to ensure they can farm their land effectively.

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These interventions of dug wells and Lift Irrigation Systems are making significant economic and social improvements to the farming community. Each LIS is owned cooperatively by a group of farmers known as a Water User Group. The installation of an LIS is a technically demanding process and therefore involves a great deal of input from the beneficiaries.

The knock on effects are far reaching - as the standard of living increases, Families have more food security and there is a considerable decrease in borrowing from money lenders. School enrolment rates are rising and communities are working together to manage and maintain their water systems.

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Securing brighter futures

Whilst our water resource development project is most effective at providing water for irrigation, organizing farmers and raising the quality of life for farming families, it has also touched the lives of many children.

The unpredictability of weather and poor quality of soils, as well as the extortionate rates of money lenders in the villages contributes to an often hopeless outlook for a farming family and children are pulled out of school to help work in the fields and maintain the household.

When a dug well is installed a family can start using it immediately. Crop yield increases by 100% and the family can look forward to leading a much more secure and happier life. Children are no longer relied upon to support their parents through labour or domestic tasks, and can return to school where they can start looking forward to a brighter future.

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I find myself very lucky to have this well – it was my dream which has now come true

Akuti, farmer, Chhattisgarh