Empowering Women. Affecting generations.

A RSWR project partner in India with the buried pots of panchakavya, a natural herbicide/pesticide/fertilizer made with milk, ghee (butter), cow urine, cow dung, and coconut fibers. Panchakavya is widely used in the type of small-scale, organic agriculture projects which RSWR supports.

Featured Partner Profile:

Rural Development Trust rural-dev-trust-1024x847

Trichy District, Tamil Nadu, India

ACTIVITIES: Tailoring, Vegetable cultivation and sale, Bananas and coconut retailing, Banana chips preparation and sale, Tiffin center with fried chicken, Murukku (rice snacks) preparation and sale, Broiler chicken sales, Textiles sale.


This organization is headed by a woman named Mrs C. Jayamani, who is a widow. The governing body of the NGO are all women. The organization has been offering training programs to rural poor women and has also sponsored many awareness programs on such topics as organic farming, herbal uses, environment, and women empowerment. They also run a family counseling program.

This project has been conceived to give alternative employment to the women who must travel long distances every day for wage employment. This is very hard on women, especially the older women and many of them fall ill. Also, it takes them away from their children for the majority of the day.

The 8 projects have been chosen by the women themselves. They will each receive a loan of $130 to $195, depending on the activity they choose, and they will repay in 12 months @ 12% interest. They expect to net between $81 and $92 per month after repayment.

Below are current or recently completed projects funded by RSWR.  Click on the name of the NGO below to learn more about each project. We ask that you prayerfully lift the work of these courageous individuals.  If you feel led to contribute to projects like these, you can make a donation.


Group Name

Date Approved


Grant Amount

 6 month report

 One year report

Beneficiary stories

Woman Organisation for Rights and Developments Fall 2014 Banjara handicrafts $3,925
Makkal Thagaval Thodarbu Maiya Trust  Fall 2014 Vegetable vending, Petty shops, Eco-friendly shops, Mushrooms. $3,675
Peoples Education and Community Empowerment  Fall 2014 Toffee, Herbs, Medicinal Paste $4,175
Vasantham Pengal Sangam – updated 8-15  Fall 2014 Vegetable vending, Home-based food shops, Petty Shops, Flower vending. $4,050 X X
Marutham Trust – updated 7-15  Fall 2014 Organic horticulture and thatch making $4,600 X X
Trust for Sustainable Resource Development  Fall 2014 Organic horticulture and honeybee keeping $4,200
Society for Rural Health and Development Project – updated 8-15  Fall 2014 Rice flour grinding, Vegetable vending, Tailoring, Petty Shops $4,050  X X
Grace Trust – updated 7-15  Fall 2014 Tailoring, Vegetable and fruit vending, Readymade clothes, Calf rearing, Ghee, butter and milk sales, Papadam (snack crackers) making $5,025  X X
Socio Economic and Educational Development Society – updated 7-15  Fall 2014 Poultry $4,375  X X
Selvi Women Education and Empowerment Trust – updated 7-15  Fall 2014 Refreshment stalls, Vegetable vending, Fruit vending, Sheep rearing, Jasmine cultivation $4,400 X  X
People’s Educational Awareness Service Trust – updated 8-15  Fall 2014 Coconuts and charcoal $4,200  X X
Association for Impoverished Rural Folk Trust – updated 9-15  Fall 2014 Candle making, Fish sales, Tailoring, Broom making, Petty shops, Palm leaf baskets $4,575 X
Society of Women Education Cultural and Health Awareness  Fall 2014 Dairy, Vegetable sales, Petty shops, Tailoring, Chicken shop $4,250
Sri Kamatchi Amman Women’s Welfare Association – updated 10-15  Fall 2014 Candles, Masala powder, Cleaning products, Tailoring, Petty shops, Vadam (rice crackers) and pickles, Flour grinding. $4,675 X
Development Association for Women  Fall 2014 Mini tea stall, Mango sales, Grocery shop, Vegetable sales, Coconut sales $4,550
Aruna Trust – updated July 2015  Fall 2014 Thatch making, Coconut vending, Greens vending $4,025  X X
Society for Women Education and Economic Thrust – updated 7-15  Fall 2014 Rice grinding, Spices, chili powder, garlic & tamarind sales, Vegetable sales, Milk, eggs and chicken sales, Cooked food stall, Fish and dried fish, Petty shops, Rent cooking pots for large parties $3,950  X  X
Bharathi Pengal Nala Sangam – updated 7-15  Spring 2014 Wet grinding, Weaving, Vegetable shops, Tailoring, Textile sales, “Fancy things” sales $4,525  X X X
Rural Development Trust  Spring 2014 Tailoring, Vegetable sales, Bananas and coconut retailing, Banana chips preparation, Tiffin center with fried chicken, Murukku (rice snacks), Broiler chickens, Textiles sales $4,625  X
Kurinji Rural Economic Awareness Trust  Spring 2014 Organic agriculture, Goat rearing, Rice snack sales $5,375
The National People Trust  Spring 2014 Dry fish vending, Idly (rice cakes) and dosa (rice & lentil pancakes), Coconuts and coconut products, Masala spice powder, Palm baskets $4,250
Saints World Human Education and Enrichment Trust – updated October 2015  Spring 2014 Turkish towels, Soap oil, Idly rice cakes $4,125  X X X
Community Organization for Underprivileged in Rural Tamil Nadu  Spring 2014 Tea/snack stalls, Coconut sales, Vegetable vending, Fish vending, Rice grinding and sale, Fancy goods sales $4,475
Community Organisation for Women-updated 9-15  Spring 2014 Coconut thatch, Coconut sales, Coconut oil, Coconut coir products, Paper products $4,175  X X  X
Karunai Vizhigal Samooga Vizhippunarvu Sevai Trust – updated 8-15  Spring 2014 Thatch making, Fruit vending, Snack vending, Vegetable vending, Rice vending and Flour vending $4,100  X X
Nature and Environment Social Thrust – updated 7-15  Spring 2014 Bananas and intercrops and Thatch making $4,200  X X
Surabi Trust – updated 7-15  Spring 2014 Jute bags, Tea shops, Flour grinding, Petty shops, Eatables sales $4,450  X X X
Society for Social Service  Spring 2014 Dairy $3,775  X  X
Social Mass Service Trust  Spring 2014 Poultry, Petty shops, Coconut thatches $4,425  X
Geethai Trust  Spring 2014  Pappads (Snack crackers) production, Fruit Vending, Coconut sales, Tailoring  $3,550
Social Awareness and Female Education Development Society  Fall 2013 Jasmine cultivation, Sheep rearing, Fruit & Vegetable vending, Refreshment stands $4,200  X  X  X
 Success Trust  Fall 2013 Organic farming and cow/calf rearing, Vegetable vending, Coconut thatch making  $4,200  X X  X
Annai Women Welfare Trust  Fall 2013  Flower garlands, Camphor, Snack shops, Crackers, Vegetable sales,   Flour grinding


 X  X
Chellatthamman Mahalir Kootamaippu  Fall 2013 Grocery shop, Organic vegetable growing, Vegetable vending, Tailoring, Fancy shop, Sheep rearing


 X  X
Snekithi Charitable Trust  Fall 2013 Street vending of Fruits, Vegetables, Banana leaves and Coconuts


 X  X  X
New Era Trust  Fall 2013 Organic Agriculture


 X X
Children Watch  Fall 2013 Brick making


 X  X X
Service for Women and Agriculture Development Trust  Fall 2013 Organic agriculture


Association for Rehabilitation of Rural Oppressed Women Trust  Fall 2013 Vegetable vending, Palm leaf basket making, Sheep/goat rearing, Convenience shops, Textile sales


National Environmental Sustainable Agriculture and Medicinal Plant Conservation Trust   Fall 2013 Vegetable vending, In-skirts production, Garment stitching, Idly (rice cakes) vending, Rice flour grinding


Pasumai Ulagam Trust – updated 7-15  Fall 2013  Idly (rice cakes), Masala powder (spice mixture), Floor mats


 X X  X
Rural Woman’s Development Trust  Fall 2013 Snack shops, Vegetable, fruit and flower vending, Convenience shops


 X X X
Jana Priya Seva Samithi – updated 9-15  Fall 2013 Incense, Coconut thatch, Vermicilli (noodles), Tailoring, Fuel wood, Chickens


Mother Therissa Kalamkari & Arya Work Seva Sangam  Fall 2013 Sari painting, decorating and embroidery


Manitham Trust  Fall 2013 Bania doughnuts,  Vadai fritters, Flour grinding, Garment sales, Small shops


 X  X X
Village Integration Movements for Awareness and Liberation Trust  Spring 2013 Organic vegetables, Pappadas crackers, Yogurt, ghee, and other milk products


 X  X  X
Dr. Gordon Memorial Trust   Spring 2013 Fish Vending, Tailoring, Cloth Sales


 X X X
Marutham Trust  Spring 2013 Vegetable Vending, Broiler Chickens, Idly stall


 X X X
Association for Rehabilitation of Rural Oppressed Women Trust – updated June 2015  Spring 2013

Candle Making, Tiffin Stalls, Fish Sales, Tailoring, Broom Making


Community Organisation for Rural Employments – updated 9-15  Spring 2013 Cloth and jute bag making, Garment selling, Vegetable selling, Masala powder preparation, Mat weaving


 X X
Annai Therasa Social Development Organisation  Spring 2013 Vegetable Vending


 X X X
Sakthi Women Empowerment Educational Trust  Spring 2013

Jewelry making, Fish vending, Pickle making, Appalam (snack crackers) making, Soap oil and powder making


 X  X X
Sri Sai Mahalir Nala Sangam  Spring 2013

Idly breakfast cakes, Jute bags, Ready-made garments, Rexin bags, Vegetables

$4,275  X  X  X
Imayam Trust  Spring 2013 Cloth bags, Rice Cake Twists, Peanut Candies $4,500
Gramma Valar Nirai Trust Spring 2013 Poultry keeping, Organic millet and gram cultivation, Cow/calf rearing $4,000 X X X



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