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In an atmosphere where every morning, our newspapers greet us with stories of girls being tormented, killed or treated like a doormat in one way or another, trust India's “village republics” to bring in some good news from time to time.
One such village in southern Rajasthan's Rajsamand district is quietly practicing its own, homegrown brand of Eco-feminism and achieving spectacular results.
For the last several years, Piplantri village panchayat (village council) has been saving girl children and increasing the green cover in and around it at the same time.
Here, villagers plant 111 trees every time a girl is born and the community ensures these trees survive, attaining fruition as the girls grow up.
Over the last six years, people here have managed to plant over a quarter million trees on the village's grazing commons- inlcuding neem, sheesham, mango, Amla among others.
But this village of 8,000 did not just stop at planting trees and greening their commons. To prevent these trees from being infested with termite, the residents planted over two and a half million Aloevera plants around them.
Now these trees, especially the Aloevera, are a source of livelihood for several residents.
Gradually, they realized that aloevera could be processed and marketed in a variety of ways. So they invited some experts and asked them to train their women. Now residents make and market aloevera products like juice, gel, pickle etc.
Rs. 21,000 is collected from the village residents and Rs.10,000 from the girl's father and this sum of Rs. 31,000 is made into a fixed deposit for the girl, with a maturity period of 20 years.
“We make these parents sign an affidavit promising that they would not marry her off before the legal age, send her to school regularly and take care of the trees planted in her name,” says Mr. Paliwal.
“Gradually, we realized that aloevera could be processed and marketed in a variety of ways. So we invited some experts and asked them to train our women. Now residents make and market aloevera products like juice, gel, pickle etc,” he says.
Originally posted by notsosunny
This proves old sayings are true: If you want the world to change, start with yourself.