Goat Rearing Project (Wayanad District, Kerala, India)

In India, many landless laborers survive on daily wages obtained from work on local farms. This work is known locally as cooli work. During dry seasons cooli work can be infrequent and insecure, leaving many landless laborers with no money to support and feed their families. Working with our local partner RASTA (rastaindia.org), we provided funds to begin a goat rearing project. The project helped landless women to purchase goats who graze on foliage that grows on roadsides and other minor areas. The goats provide a reliable source of income throughout the year for participating women who sell the goat’s milk, cheese, and kids. Using this money, participating women are able to guarantee their families food and shelter, even during seasons when cooli work is impossible to find.

Fishing Nets for Tsunami Victims (Tamil Nadu, india)

In the final days of December 2004, an earthquake off the coast of Indonesia sent a tsunami crashing against the Southeastern coast of India. The  massive wave devastated fishing communities on the coast of Tamil Nadu, destroying homes, docks, boats, and much of the equipment local fisher folk used for their livelihood. Working with GUIDE (Gandhian Unit for Integrated Development Education), the Second Chance Foundation provided funds to buy fishing equipment for local fisherman. Immediately after the Tsunami, the state government provided funds for purchasing fishing boats, but the government did not help purchase fishing nets. The Second Chance Foundation helped fisher folk purchase fishing nets in order to begin earning an income and recover from the destruction of the tsunami.

GUIDE Vegetable Market Project (Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, India)

In Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, the state government provided a group of landless women with free land to grow vegetables. Shortly after the purchase, a new government administration had a change of heart and decided to give the land to business interests instead. Our partner GUIDE helped the landless, dalit women to rent land on which they grew vegetables to eat and to sell. The Second Chance Foundation helped guide to rent this land and provided further funding to construct a vegetable stand in a nearby market to sell the organic vegetables produced by the women. Using this simple infrastructure, the women were able to both grow food to feed their families and earn an income that supported non-food  needs.