NGO: Magan Sangrahalaya Samiti

Background:

Magan Sangrahalaya Samiti is a social service organization committed to the empowerment of rual communities in Maharashtra. Their diverse programs range from supporting women’s self help groups, to the creation of an organic cafeteria.

IDRF Partner Since: 2007

Focus Area: Ecofriendly Development

Location: Maharashtra

Project Title: Organic Brow Sugar (Gur) Project

Details:

Due to rising prices of organic brown sugar, most families in Wardha district of Maharashtra have begun using bleached white sugar and other less nutritious sweeteners. This dietary change has been identified as one cause of the increase in female anemia and malnutrition in the district. As a response, Magan Sangrahalaya Samiti and IDRF have embarked on a successful gur production project. The project, which has produced four tons of gur from organic sugarcane, is providing financial support to more than forty self-help group members, in addition to increasing awareness of the nutritional value of gur in the region.

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