Report by Infosys Foundation
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The Annual CSR Report for 2017-18 published by the Infosys Foundation, shares their experience with Shivganga. The relevant extracts from their report are reproduced below.It is not often that one comes across a social service organization that hesitates to accept funds for fear of disrupting a developmental model based on self-respect. Shivganga Samagra Gramvikas Parishad (SSGP), which works in the predominantly tribal areas of Jhabua and Alirajpur districts in Madhya Pradesh, is one such partner of Infosys Foundation. The Foundation also encourages sustainable development and the creation of economic value for beneficiaries so that they can become independent over time. SSGP works for the development of 1,300 villages in Jhabua. Most of these villages are made up of local tribes such as Bheels and Bilalas. Among Jhabua’s many problems, the most pressing ones are related to the lack of groundwater and water resources. Although the region receives around 1,000 mm of rainfall every year, most of it is drained off because of the hilly terrain and rocky soil. Given the acute water shortage, the people of Jhabua, who are mostly dependent on small-scale agriculture, can only cultivate one crop a year. Lack of alternative sources of income causes large-scale migration that, in turn, keeps the region economically backward.