Urmul Marusthali Bunker Vikas Samiti
Location : Rajasthan
Partner Since : 30-11-2015
Founder : Rewata Ram Pawar
Urmul Marusthali Bunker Vikas Samiti is an NGO of weavers, for the weavers and by the weavers in western Rajasthan. Through its income generation programme the organisation provides a much needed source of income to over 170 weavers across this region. The development programs of UMBVS now focuses on health care, primary education, water & energy, rainwater harvesting, sustainable livelihood, Self-Help Groups (SHGs), and women empowerment.
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Pokhran is a remote location in the Thar Desert region. It was the test site for India’s first underground nuclear weapon detonation.
It is also home to Urmul Marusthali Bunker Vikas Samiti, a non-governmental organisation of weavers, and a Rang De Impact partner. Established and managed by local weavers, Urmul provides livelihood and marketing support to traditional pit loom weavers.
This August, Rang De team member Harmandeep Singh visited two villages where Urmul works — Thaat and Gomat — and met nine weavers.
“Weaving is in our blood and even kids as young as 10 can weave,” they told him.
Even though the love for weaving is alive in their hearts, the number of weavers has reduced considerably. People now prefer to take up other sources of livelihood where they do not have to sit in one place for hours. Twenty years ago, there were 200 working looms in this area and now there are only 15 left. One can see pit looms in almost every house but few use it anymore.
Almost all the weavers at Urmul have land but they cannot be used for agriculture. The ground water in Pokhran leaves a layer of salt on the ground making it unfit for use. Since they also rear cattle, they sometimes grow fodder on this ground.
With the help of our social investors, we raised Rs 10 lakhs for the weavers of Urmul impacting 60 weavers at one time.
Evaluated By : Harmandeep Singh/evaluation/microcredit/india/rajasthan/urmul-marusthali-bunker-vikas-samiti/43977
|Total No. of Loans||2|
|Total amount disbursed||Rs.2,000,000|
|Expected repayment so far||Rs.1,916,667|
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