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:  Children Watch

Income Generating Project: Brick-kiln production

Beneficiaries: 20 women

Children Watch works with what are known as former “bonded laborers” from the brick kiln industry. Bonded Labor is the practice of repaying loans with work. It was outlawed in India in 1976 but it still exists in many places and brick kilns are some of the worst offenders. The owners of the kilns give the workers a large advance of money and then they take them to work in the brick kilns. They are paid so little for their work that it is impossible for them to ever pay back the “loan” and so they virtually become the property of the brick kiln owner. Whole families are exploited in this way with children as young as 6 working in the kilns because payment is made per brick-piccw2brick and the families need every bit of money they can get just to survive. Since the practice is illegal, the government will intervene and force the release of the workers when a violation is made known to them. However, once released, the poor brick workers do not have any way to make a living and will often return to work at the brick factories because they can do nothing else.

Children Watch has formed the released bonded laborers into Self Help Groups and is helping them set up their own brick kiln production units where they can reap the full rewards of their labor. CW recently completed a brick kiln project in partnership with RSWR which was very successful. Now they want to do it again with another group of released brick kiln bonded laborers.


One thing that made the first project very successful is that the women have done this sort of work for years and so are skilled and quick at making the bricks. Marketing is easy as there is much construction going on in Tamil Nadu and the traders come to the women and order the bricks.

The whole group of 20 women received a loan of $3,540 or $177 per woman. They will receive daily wages of 1¢ per brick and will also get a lump sum at the end of 3 months when the bricks are sold. They will repay their loan in 4 installments every 3 months when the bricks are sold. After repayments and savings of $2 per person per month, they expect an average net income of $63 per month.





Below are current or recently completed projects funded by RSWR.  Click on the links below to learn more. 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.


NGO Name


Grant Amount

Makkal Thagaval Thodarbu Maiya Trust – Approved Oct 2014 Vegetable vending, Petty shops, Eco-friendly shops, Mushrooms. $3,675
Peoples Education and Community Empowerment – Approved Oct 2014 Toffee, Herbs, Medicinal Paste $4,175
Vasantham pengal Sangam – Approved Oct 2014 Vegetable vending, Home-based food shops, Petty Shops, Flower vending. $4,050
Marutham Trust – Approved Oct 2014 Organic horticulture and thatch making $4,600
Trust for Sustainable Resource Development – Approved Oct 2014 Organic horticulture and honeybee keeping $4,200
Society for Rural Health and Development Project  – Approved Oct 2014 Rice flour grinding, Vegetable vending, Tailoring, Petty Shops $4,050
Grace Trust – Approved Oct 2014 Tailoring and embroidery, Vegetable and fruit vending, Readymade clothes sales, Calf rearing, Ghee, butter and milk sales, Papadam (snack crackers) making $5,025
Socio Economic and Educational Development Society – Approved Oct 2014 Poultry $4,375
Selvi Women Education and Empowerment Trust – Approved Oct 2014 Refreshment stalls, Vegetable vending, Fruit vending, Sheep rearing, Jasmine cultivation $4,400
People’s Educational Awareness Service Trust – Approved Oct 2014 Coconuts and fuel wood $4,200
Association for Impoverished Rural Folk Trust – Approved Oct 2014 Candle making, Fish sales, Tailoring, Broom making, Petty shops, Palm leaf baskets $4,575
Society of Women Education Cultural and Health Awareness – Approved Oct 2014 Dairy, Vegetable sales, Petty shops, Tailoring, Chicken shop $4,250
Sri Kamatchi Amman Women’s Welfare Association – Approved Oct 2014 Candle making, Masala powder preparation, Cleaning products preparation, Tailoring, Petty shops, Vadam (rice crackers) and pickles preparation, Wet flour grinding. $4,675
Development Association for Women – Approved Oct 2014 Mini tea stall, Mango sales, Grocery shop, Vegetable sales, Coconut sales $4,550
Aruna Trust – Approved Oct 2014 Thatch making, Coconut vending, Greens vending $4,025
Society for Women Education and Economic Trust – Approved Oct 2014 Rice grinding, Spices sales, Chili powder sales, Garlic and tamarind sales, Vegetable sales, Milk, eggs and chicken sales, Cooked food stall, Fish and dried fish sales, Petty shops, Rental of cooking pots for large parties
Bharathi Pengal Nala Sangam – Approved April 2014 Wet grinding, Weaving, Vegetable shops, Tailoring, Textile sales, “Fancy things” sales $4,525
Rural Development Trust – Approved April 2014 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 sales $4,625
Kurinji Rural Economic Awareness Trust – Approved April 2014 Organic agriculture, Goat rearing, Rice snack sales $5,375
The National People Trust – Approved April 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 – Approved April 2014 Turkish towels, Soap oil, Idly rice cakes $4,125
Community Organization for Underprivileged in Rural Tamil Nadu – Approved April 2014 Tea/snack stalls, Coconut sales, Vegetable vending, Fish vending, Rice grinding and sale, Fancy goods sales $4,475
Community Organisation for Women – Approved April 2014 Coconut thatch, Coconut sales, Coconut oil, Coconut coir products, Paper products $4,175
Karunai Vizhigal Samooga Vizhippunarvu Sevai Trust – Approved April 2014 Thatch making, Fruit vending, Snack vending, Vegetable vending, Rice vending and Flour vending $4,100
Nature and Environment Social Trust – Approved April 2014 Bananas and intercrops and Thatch making $4,200
Surabi Trust – Approved April 2014 Jute bags, Tea shops, Flour grinding, Petty shops, Eatables sales $4,450
Society for Social Service – Approved April 2014 Dairy $3,775
Social Mass Service Trust – Approved April 2014 Poultry, Petty shops, Coconut thatches $4,425
Geethai Trust – Approved April 2014  Pappads (Snack crackers) production, Fruit Vending, Coconut sales, Tailoring  $3,550
Social Awareness and Female Education Development Society – Updated August 2014 4 Income-generating projects:  Jasmine cultivation, Sheep rearing, Vegetable and Fruit vending, Refreshment stands $4,200
 Success Trust – Approved October 2013 3 Income-generating projects:  Organic farming and cow/calf rearing, Vegetable vending, and Coconut thatch making  $4,200
Annai Women Welfare Trust – Approved October 2013 6 Income-generating Projects:  Flower garlands, Camphor, Snack shops, Crackers, Vegetable sales,   Flour grinding


Chellatthamman Mahalir Kootamaippu – Approved October 2013 6 Income-generating projects:  Grocery shop, Vegetable vending, Tailoring, Fancy shop, Organic vegetable growing, Sheep rearing


Snekithi Charitable Trust – Approved October 2013 Street vending of Fruits, Vegetables, Banana leaves and Coconuts


New Era Trust – Updated July 2014 Organic Agriculture


Children Watch – Updated July 2014 Brick making


Service for Women and Agriculture Development Trust – Approved October 2013 Organic agriculture


Association for Rehabilitation of Rural Oppressed Women Trust – Approved October 2013 5 Income-generating projects:  Vegetable vending, Palm leaf basket making, Sheep/goat rearing, Convenience shops, Textile sales


National Environmental Sustainable Agriculture and Medicinal Plant Conservation Trust – Approved October 2013 5 Income-generating projects: Vegetable vending, In-skirts production, Garment stitching, Idly (rice cakes) vending, Rice flour grinding


Pasumai Ulagam Trust – Approved October 2013 3 Income-generating projects: Idly (rice cakes), Masala powder (spice mixture), Floor mats


Rural Women Development Trust – Updated July 2014 Snack shops, Vegetable, fruit and flower vending, Convenience shops


Jana Priya Seva Samithi – Approved October 2013 5 Income-generating projects: Incense, Coconut thatch, Vermicilli (noodles), Tailoring, Fuel wood, Broiler chickens


Mother Therissa Kalamkari & Arya Work Seva Sangam – Updated November 2014 Sari painting, decorating and embroidery


Manitham Trust – Updated August 2014 5 Income-generating projects:  Bania doughnuts, Vadai fritters, Wet grinding of flour, Garment sales, Small shops


Village Integration Movements for Awareness and Liberation Trust–Approved April 2013 Grow organic vegetables, make pappadas crackers and sell yogurt, ghee, and other milk products


Dr. Gordon Memorial Trust – Updated August 2014 Fish Vending, Tailoring, Cloth Sales


Marutham Trust – Updated August 2014 Vegetable Vending, Broiler Chicken vending, Idly Vending


Association for Impoverished Rural Folk Trust – Updated August 2014

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


Community Organisation for Rural Employments–Approved April 2013 Cloth and jute bag making, Garment selling, Vegetable selling, Masala powder preparation, Mat weaving


Annai Therasa Social Development Organisation–Updated March 2014 Vegetable Vending


Sakthi Women Empowerment Educational Trust–Updated January 2014

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


Sri Sai Mahalir Nala Sangam–Updated March 2014

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

Imayam Trust–Approved April 2013 Cloth bags, Rice Cake Twists, Peanut Candies $4,500



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