Enduring Change

JIVA emphasizes an embedded approach in all its work. In fact, 95% of the staff live in one of the three villages currently served. As Liza Herb, Program Manager for Enterprise and Community Development at PYXERA Global says, “This team is trusted because the farmers know they truly care. Our team is in the fields working alongside the farmers every day.”

These are some of the men and women of JIVA who are making a lasting contribution to the villages of Morra, Madara, and Sakrawas by forming lasting relationships.

Neeta Kumawat has served as field coordinator in Morra since 2013, with a passion for education that is contagious among villagers.

Neeta Kumawat has served as field coordinator in Morra since 2013, with a passion for education that is contagious among villagers.

Seema Suthar is a JIVA field worker in the village of Sakrawas. “I belong to the Sakrawas village and have been working for JIVA since the beginning. It makes me proud to know I’m helping increase the income of farmers in my village.”

Seema Suthar is a JIVA field worker in the village of Sakrawas. “I belong to the Sakrawas village and have been working for JIVA since the beginning. It makes me proud to know I’m helping increase the income of farmers in my village.”

Purshottam Jangid is an agriculture specialist who started with JIVA in 2013. You can find Purshottam in the fields working alongside village farmers. His one foot in the furrow approach is one of the main reasons JIVA enjoys such strong relationships with local growers.

Purshottam Jangid is an agriculture specialist who started with JIVA in 2013. You can find Purshottam in the fields working alongside village farmers. His one foot in the furrow approach is one of the main reasons JIVA enjoys such strong relationships with local growers.

Charu Choudhary is a community education associate who grew up about 25 miles from JIVA’s home base. She joined JIVA because “I wanted to work for an organization where I could get the opportunity to learn and continuously improve myself. This is what I get at JIVA - a positive environment to work.”

Charu Choudhary is a community education associate who grew up about 25 miles from JIVA’s home base. She joined JIVA because “I wanted to work for an organization where I could get the opportunity to learn and continuously improve myself. This is what I get at JIVA - a positive environment to work.”

Kanhaiya Lal Rao is a coordinator who believes in practicing what he preaches. After witnessing the success of JIVA participants who have planted pomegranate trees, Kanhaiya has planted 200 on his own property.
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Kanhaiya Lal Rao is a coordinator who believes in practicing what he preaches. After witnessing the success of JIVA participants who have planted pomegranate trees, Kanhaiya has planted 200 on his own property.

Virendar Khatana has been with JIVA since its inception. As project director, he oversees all of the daily activity of the JIVA program in each of the three villages.  
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Virendar was raised on a rural farm family and has never lost his love for growing. He has spent the last 20 years in farming and international development.
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“The feeling of satisfaction, when farmers invite me to see how well the orchard is thriving, cannot be explained in words. It only makes me re-strengthen my resolve to work with and for them.”

Virendar Khatana has been with JIVA since its inception. As project director, he oversees all of the daily activity of the JIVA program in each of the three villages.

Virendar was raised on a rural farm family and has never lost his love for growing. He has spent the last 20 years in farming and international development.

“The feeling of satisfaction, when farmers invite me to see how well the orchard is thriving, cannot be explained in words. It only makes me re-strengthen my resolve to work with and for them.”

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