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Tata Power CSR project – Women’s training at Jawhar

UTMT’s most recent CSR partnership with Tata Power in Jawhar, Maharashtra, scaled new heights in September.

Seeing their husbands keeping beeboxes for the past 10 months, the women in the community expressed interest in learning the skill too.

They felt they could pitch in maintaining the boxes when the men were away on work.

We were only too happy to conduct a training for the enthusiastic bunch of women who attended with their children.

Here’s are a few pictures from the CSR project –

Chintu Sathe, UTMT’s Master Trainer, breaks the ice with stories from his own 3-year beekeeping experience

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Theory lessons on the different kinds of honeybee species found in nature. The “students” diligently take notes

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Chabildas Jadhav, Senior Technical Assistant, points out the distinguishing features of honeybees’ combs through photographs. Most women are familiar with them, their families having lived in forests for generations

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Chintu takes a volunteer’s help to explain parts of a bee box and honey extractor

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Social Story – Carly’s Visit to the field

UTMT recently hosted young Carly Forcade, a final year student from Mount Holyoke College, U.S. Carly’s assignment focused on filming women farmer impact stories across UTMT’s projects in Maharashtra and Gujarat, which necessitated roughing it out in remote tribal villages. Carly counts the experience as an amazing one, it having helped her push her limits and recognize her adaptive capacities.

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 At the first location in Dhule, Maharashtra, with women beekeepers Sumantai, Sangeeta and Ripka.

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New beekeepers Ripka and Sangeeta eagerly view themselves on camera, in the courtyard of a house.

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Carly shows Sangeetatai and a few children, photos on her phone.

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Ripka, Carly and Sangeeta are all smiles at the end of the video shoot. This is the first time the beekeepers faced the camera for a video, they enjoyed being part of the process.

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She had some fun moments too – here she tries her hand at cleaning rice in Dakshaben’s home in Gujarat.

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One of the videos captured the women’s Self Help Group in Nanapada village of Dangs, Gujarat, which tailors swarm bags and bee veils needed to do beekeeping. At the end, Premilaben showed Carly how to work a sewing machine, much to her delight.