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biofarm - himmatgram


Encouraging sex workers to leave a profession where they earn quick money and have developed addictions to alcohol and tobacco is difficult. Despite the challenges their profession brings and the social stigma attached to it in many cases, they cannot see an alternative. People living with HIV also face prejudice and their ART medication weakens them, making holding down a job and providing for their families extremely difficult.



How we help?


Our Himmatgram or 'Hamlet of Courage' stands in 25 acres of arable land on the outskirts of Ahmednagar, complete with its own poly tunnel, well and reservoir. It provides food for our other projects as well as a safe haven and gainful employment for a number of HIV+ families. 

Who we help?


This biofarm has become a community for former sex workers and HIV+ beneficiaries ready to make a new life for themselves and their families. Here they learn how to become self-sufficient in a rural setting, gaining skills in organic farming, crop rotation, irrigation and dairy farming.

Our live-in project manager ensures they receive all the support they need to farm their own produce with the excess going to supply our Rehab Centre. He also counsels them through their transition to rural life, medical treatment and respite care - the farm has become their family home.



How you can help?

We have been reaping the benefits of their harvests of delicious mango, tomato, corn, cabbage, cauliflower, peppers, okra and more since 2009. We need your help in buying seeds and tools and also to maintain our machinery, including our water pumps which help keep our crops irrigated.


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Our work with Paani Foundation

Snehalaya's collaboration with Paani Foundation first started through our relationship with Bollywood icon, Aamir Khan, when he presented our work in his hit TV show, Satyamev Jayate in 2012. The coverage helped raise the profile of Snehalaya nationally and we have benefitted in many different ways as a result.

The core team of the TV show now runs Paani Foundation in order to help make Maharashtra drought-free and we have been working with them  since 2018. Read more here.

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