When microbusiness meets urgent needs of the modern world

The betel palm is known as a plant that in many parts of Asia and East Africa delivers betel, a dangerous drug that when it is chewed helps against the feeling of hunger and tiredness. Did you know? In Asia, unripe betel nuts are chopped up with betel cutters. Usually these are rolled in leaves…

Tailoring masks for more health and family food

In Karamadai, close to Coimbatore, where we have been doing a lot of health trainings and income generation activities over the last five years, our Selfhelp group of tailoring women is very active: While producing masks they help others, but also themselves and their families. The income source is really needed to cover the food…

New bags designed by tailoring women group in Karamadai, South India

It’s three years now that we started to train a women group on tailoring. The women have learned so much in these years: stitching, embroidery and tailoring in many ways. Together with them I produce a lot of our marketing material for our Making More Health Initiative here in Indis: soap bags, game pads for…

Making More Health – Soap Competition launched for self-help groups

After two days of paper making and raw soap experiments the next step to share more skills and knowledge with women is done. Empower women to make more health happen. But more health means also that people can finance it and have income. That’s why health and wealth belong together. With these trainings we empower…

Again at the TNAU university – the mushroom production is growing

A few years have passed since I visited the TNAU university the last time. It is impressing to see the further development steps they have taken in mushroom growth, research and most of all on how to engage Self-help groups to take up the idea. Mushroom growth – income generation for the poor Meanwhile earlier…

More Mental Health for selfhelp groups and their communities in India 

In the past two days we have run our second Health community Worker training for self-help group (SHG) leaders in the rural and urban area around Coimbatore. This training is part of 12 different health related training modules under the umbrella of the Making More Health initiative. The training topics have been selected and discussed with…

Selfhelp groups against violence in Indian villages

  “The  violence against women and children  in the villages is high, up to 60, 70 % of all families are affected”, says a woman selfhelp (SHG) group leader when I meet her during an annual celebration in the surroundings of Mangalore. “Since the women are organized in the SHGs (a project set up by…

7weeks in India – From woman to woman, part 1

When I decided to go to the rural and tribal parts of India there was a special thing I wanted to find out: Who are these women living there? What is in their mind? How does life look, what do they think and feel, what are their thoughts? What do they perceive and think when…