Rapid Growth

In 2013, its first year of operation, JIVA began working with a small group of farmers from three villages to help them grow corn, wheat, sorghum and cotton. Today, JIVA works with 720 farmers who grow those crops plus a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. The knowledge gained from JIVA translated to greater productivity and higher yields, allowing these farmers to grow better lives for their families—and their villages.

Most, like these growers, are enjoying similar success.

Sita’s husband, Bherulal, checks the cap on an irrigation pipe that runs alongside their fields. Thanks to their increased income from JIVA-taught practices, Bherulal and Sita continue to invest in their farm. In 2015, they invested 40,000 rupees to deepen their well. They also recently invested 25,000 rupees to level their farmland making it easier to irrigate.

Sita’s husband, Bherulal, checks the cap on an irrigation pipe that runs alongside their fields. Thanks to their increased income from JIVA-taught practices, Bherulal and Sita continue to invest in their farm. In 2015, they invested 40,000 rupees to deepen their well. They also recently invested 25,000 rupees to level their farmland making it easier to irrigate.

Guddi Kumawat’s family owns a 7-acre farm in Morra. Through improved crop drip irrigation and vermi-composting – which uses worms to create organic fertilizer – they have increased their annual income by 45,000 rupees, or $720 per year.

Guddi Kumawat’s family owns a 7-acre farm in Morra. Through improved crop drip irrigation and vermi-composting – which uses worms to create organic fertilizer – they have increased their annual income by 45,000 rupees, or $720 per year.

Madholal Aheer, in front of his solar panels, which he uses to power his irrigation system. Madholal, like many JIVA farmers, uses pumps to draw water from hand-cut wells that are over 60 feet deep.

Madholal Aheer, in front of his solar panels, which he uses to power his irrigation system. Madholal, like many JIVA farmers, uses pumps to draw water from hand-cut wells that are over 60 feet deep.

Shyamlal Prajapat is a potter by trade in the village of Morra. He became interested in farming after attending JIVA workshops and applied the principles to a half-acre of land he owns. The results have yielded an additional 47,000 rupees for his family each year.

Shyamlal Prajapat is a potter by trade in the village of Morra. He became interested in farming after attending JIVA workshops and applied the principles to a half-acre of land he owns. The results have yielded an additional 47,000 rupees for his family each year.

Paras Devi Aheer bundles this year’s harvest of wheat on her family’s farm.

Paras Devi Aheer bundles this year’s harvest of wheat on her family’s farm.

Sohanlal Kumawat's participation in the program has increased his family's income by over 9,000 rupees a year.

His wife manages their vermi-compost pit, which reduces their reliance on fertilizers.

Sohanlal Kumawat's participation in the program has increased his family's income by over 9,000 rupees a year. His wife manages their vermi-compost pit, which reduces their reliance on fertilizers.

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