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.


Project Name & Summary


Grant Amount

Social Awareness and Female Education Development Society – NEW OCTOBER 2013 4 Income-generating projects:  Jasmine cultivation, Sheep rearing, Vegetable and Fruit vending, Refreshment stands $4,200
 Success Trust – NEW OCTOBER 2013 3 Income-generating projects:  Organic farming and cow/calf rearing, Vegetable vending, and Coconut thatch making  $4,200
Annai Women Welfare Trust – NEW OCTOBER 2013 6 Income-generating Projects:  Flower garlands, Camphor, Snack shops, Crackers, Vegetable sales,   Flour grinding


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


Snekithi Charitable Trust – NEW OCTOBER 2013 Street vending of Fruits, Vegetables, Banana leaves and Coconuts


Children Watch – NEW OCTOBER 2013 Brick making


Service for Women and Agriculture Development Trust – NEW OCTOBER 2013 Organic agriculture


Association for Rehabilitation of Rural Oppressed Women Trust – NEW 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 – NEW OCTOBER 2013 5 Income-generating projects: Vegetable vending, In-skirts production, Garment stitching, Idly (rice cakes) vending, Rice flour grinding


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


Rural Woman’s Development Trust – NEW OCTOBER 2013 Snack shops, Vegetable, fruit and flower vending, Convenience shops


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


Mother Therissa Kalamkari & Arya Work Seva Sangam – NEW OCTOBER 2013 Sari painting, decorating and embroidery


Manitham Trust – NEW OCTOBER 2013 5 Income-generating projects:  Bania doughnuts, Vadai fritters, Wet grinding of flour, Garment sales, Small shops


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


Dr. Gordon Memorial Trust – updated January 2014 Fish Vending, Tailoring, Cloth Sales


Marutham Trust–updated 3-14 Vegetable Vending, Broiler Chicken vending, Idly Vending


Association for Impoverished Rural Folk Trust–updated 3-14

Candle Making, Pottery, Fish Sales, Tailoring, Broom Making


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


Annai Therasa Social Development Organisation–updated 3-14 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 3-14

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

Imayam Trust–New June 2013 Cloth bags, Rice Cake Twists, Peanut Candies $4,500
Social Integrated Rural Development Society Dairy $4,475
Pon Muniyandi Mahalir Nala Trust – updated 3-14 Vegetable Vending, Vermi-culture, Grocery Shop, Milk Retail Vending $4,400
Community Organization for Women – updated 10-13 Coconut Sales, Vermi-compost, Sanitary Napkins, Paper Products, Rope Making $4,600
Selaikari Mahalir Maiyam Trust – updated 3-14 Charcoal Sales, Vermi-compost, Dry Fish Sales, Tailoring $4,450
Bharathi Pengal Nala Sangam – updated 3-14 Wet Grinding, Weaving, Vegetable Shop, Tailoring, Retail Textiles $4,550
Society for Women Empowerment – updated May 2014 Dairy $4,825
Manthaiamman Mahalir Membattu Sangam – updated May 2014 Bamboo Baskets, Mat Weaving, Mini Tea/Coffee Stalls, Small Tiffin/Snack Stalls, Vegetable Stalls $4,550
 Nightingale Trust Flower Bouquets, Mobile Tea Stalls, Idly Breakfast Cakes $4,925
Society of Women Education Cultural Health Awareness – updated May 2014 Dairy, Vegetable Sales, Small Shops, Tailoring, Poultry $4,975
Association for Needy People Guidance of Economic and Literacy Mat Weaving, Cotton Weaving, Terra Cotta Toys and Cotton Toys $4,050
Atshaya Grama Mahalir Munnetra Sangam – updated 9-13 Tea, tiffin, snack stalls, grocery store, vegetable vending $4,375
Grace Trust – updated 10-13

Tailoring & embroidery, Ghee & milk sales, Calf rearing, Mushrooms, Agarpathi (incense), Ready-made clothes sales

People Living with HIV/AIDS Welfare Trust – updated March 2013 Thatch making, Petty shops, Flower garlands, Goat rearing $4,475
Women’s Solidarity Foundation Dairy $4,150
Women Empowerment and Development Trust – updated May 2014 Dairy $5,500

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