More than 24% of the Indian population are described as Scheduled Tribes. They are also known as Untouchables, Adivasis and Dalits. Traditionally, these groups are indigenous forest dwellers and coexist with the wild life and nature.
VEFC believes that these tribes are the custodians of the forests and have right to live with human dignity. In order to support their cause and to empower the poorest tribal women we have established small backyard poultry cooperatives located in the forest area of district Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh, India. A group of five women form a coop. They are provided 500 day old chicken, feed, medicine, utensils, technical and marketing support. This initiative will raise their standard of living with better nutrition and financial sustainability. We started this project in March 2011. Though the pricing and marketing is very unpredictable but overall the women coop group is very enthusiastic and determined.