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Help Tribal Livelihood Development and Forest Weed Control in India

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Jeeva Karunya Trust

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

We assist tribal and rural livelihood development through a project based on forest conservation and weed removal. This involves clearing the forest, destroying the invasive weed plant, Lantana Camara, and converting it into products which can be sold and used in a variety of ways, as we explain below.

We and our partners have demonstrated that lantana can be converted into beautiful durable crafts after traditional treatments and an innovative process. The plants have to be cut to required dimensions, then treated so that they can be converted into fibre-like flexible long sticks which can be made into beautiful handicrafts and furniture. The material can also be made into bricks, carry bags, sheets and paper when further treated and used with modern technology . The material has also been used to build huts for eco resorts.

Additionally, when lantana is used to substitute for bamboo, it helps to conserve a vital food resource for endangered species (elephants).

The government runs a scheme that allows tribal people to use the non-timber products of the forest. Lantana is one such product. We teach people from these communities, who have very few employment opportunities, how to use lantana to make useful items that can be sold and used in a variety of ways.

We have already successfully trained and carried out an innovative dual benefit project in partnering with our \local forest department (Tamil Nadu Government).

What is your project and how will it help?

The project (removal of lantana and production of useful objects and material) will improve the livelihood and development of unemployed young people and women from tribal villages. They will be trained to remove lantana from the forest and process and craft it.

Forest and farm lands will be benefited by the removal of lantana and replacementt with useful indigenous plants. Wildlife like elephants will benefit from the removal of lantana which is a main cause of forest fires and road kill because it blocks corridors through the forest.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

Others can partner with us to implement this innovative project in their region, area, forests, tribal communities, or support us to carry out the project in various parts of India and other parts of the world whereever lantana is found.

Please detail the resources that you need.

The amount needed to carry out the project is around 4 lak to train and produce a team of fifteen to 20 members

Training of the tribal communities with a team of 3 or four men that includes
senior Lantana Craft Artisan=1
Asssistant artisan=1
Supervision and coordination staff =1

The training will be carried out for a period of 3 months

Salary, equipment , tools and accessories excluding accommodation travelling and food will cost up to 7,500 USD- (per- training a team of 15 -20 tribes people)

Partnership to carry out the innovative project in various parts of the world benefiting tribal communities

Further information

Contact details

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Partnership types

Project funding; Provision of services / personnel

Regions / countries / territories

Asia: India

Global issues

Agriculture, aquaculture and forestry; Community development; Job creation all (3)


  • Contact details exchanged
    21 Dec 2013 07:20 GMT

    (For-profit organisation)

    ElizabethWood says: Good Day to you Sir,
    How's life with you? sorry if i'm invading to your privacy, I'm a widow currently here in the camp London, i'm just contacting you for partnership business, i want to make an investment there in your country but i don't really know how is been done i'm seeking to have a partnership with you to enable me achieve my target,which i need to come over to settle there, please bear with me i don't know any body in your country that is why i decided to contact you here don't be offended. The funds for the business is already available, these are the funds my late husband left behind before he was assassinated by unknown persons, feel free to share your views with me, i wait urgently to see your mail Thank you and God Bless you.

    Mrs. Elizabeth Wood

  • Commented
    22 Dec 2013 05:01 GMT

    Jeeva Karunya Trust
    Unverified non-profit organisation

    Green Cross India says: Good day to you too Mrs. Elizabeth wood please leave website link & organizational email ID of your company so we may be able to know more about your activities and make a decision for a reliable partnership