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Sudents and their teacher Yaqub Bhati at a madrassa in the fishing village of Randhbhandar. The village does not receive any Government services. Women must walk 5km for water and there is no government school. The community are however assisted by UNDP-supported Mahiti-Mitra which acts as a bridge allowing residents to campaign and apply for donor-agency support. Loans have been provided with the help of Mahiti-Mitra and the community are now establishing a fish-production company which allows families to pool their resources, bypass middle-men and sell fish directly to big buyers. Mahiti-Mitra estimates that this will see a two to three-fold increase in average household income.

Photo: Tom Pietrasik
Kutch District, Gujarat. India
September 8th 2008
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Sudents and their teacher Yaqub Bhati at a madrassa in the fishing village of Randhbhandar. The village does not receive any Government services. Women must walk 5km for water and there is no government school. The community are however assisted by UNDP-supported Mahiti-Mitra which acts as a bridge allowing residents to campaign and apply for donor-agency support. Loans have been provided with the help of Mahiti-Mitra and the community are now establishing a fish-production company which allows families to pool their resources, bypass middle-men and sell fish directly to big buyers. Mahiti-Mitra estimates that this will see a two to three-fold increase in average household income.<br />
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Photo: Tom Pietrasik<br />
Kutch District, Gujarat. India<br />
September 8th 2008