Community Empowerment through Entrepreneurship

Padukas Artisans Workshop

55+ women have been trained in the arts of patchwork quilt-making, basket making and weaving, and the hand sewing of soft toys and fabric jewelry.  Padukas now sells its handicrafts around the world and online.  From drudgery to creativity -- these women's lives have been transformed from a life of poverty into a life of purpose, hope, and dignity.

Visit Padukas website:  www.PadukasArtisans.com

Padukas Lookbook:  https://youtu.be/Dttr_pOcPHo

 

Honoring Traditional Tribal Knowledge and Facilitating Income Generation

SNET is helping to preserve traditional knowledge of forest products that can be used medicinally. SNET has also identified the local tribal elders who know the traditional music (see video) and has facilitated them teaching the younger generation .  SNET is identifying and analyzing which forest products can be given a contemporary revision to increase their attractiveness to the larger market of nearby Mumbai.

Education

SNET recognizes that to break the cycle of poverty, adults must be educated & trained in modern technology that will allow them to be self sustaining. 

Computer Classes

To that end the Prof. A.D. Joshi Computer and Career Guidance Center offers beginning and intermediate computer classes. 

Scholarship Program

Individual girls are awarded scholarships for higher education and assistance for transportation to and from schools.

(See video)

Click to listen to Jeanetta's interview with Global Goals Cast about lack of education opportunites for girls in rural India

Health Education

SNET recognizes that to break the cycle of poverty, adults must be educated & trained in modern technology that will allow them to be self sustaining. 

Hatha Yoga Progrm

In addition, SNET partners with Svaroopa Yoga Ashram and Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute to teach weekly hatha yoga classes in thirteen nearby tribal schools. In 2016, we started with two SNET yoga teachers teaching 1200 students each week.  From 2017 to present, Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute trained four teachers yearly and thus, allowed us to expanded our weekly outreach to over 2500 students.  (See video)

Assisting Local Government Hospital in Addressing Village Health Problems.

SNET decided the best way to improve the health of its neighbors is to work with the Nimboli Government Hospital to provide better services through better medical equipment, larger stock of pharmaceuticals, and improving the facility for visiting family members.  There is an enormous need for emergency transportation and SNET will be identifying the best way to provide this service.

 

 

SNET Natural Framing

Vocational Training

SNET provides vocational education and training in skills that will empower students to be self-sustaining in villages and bring needed expertise to the villages.

Natural Farming

355 farmers are taught low cost solutions to small acreage farming, including homemade herbal extracts for pest control, seed processing, fertilizers, manufacture and repair of low tech water pumps, low cost irrigation systems.

Local farmers who SNET has taught the advantages of plantation farming are provided Moringa and Papaya trees to begin their own plantation. SNET has grown the trees and distributes yearly during monsoon. Please click here to see video describing this outreach.

Watershed Development and Water Harvesting

Each year SNET constructs 3-5 small check dams that improves access to drinking water as well as farm irrigation.

Solar construction and Repair

Beginning Electrician and Household Wiring

Guest Services and Ayurveda Therapies

SNET has trained dozens of local tribal residents in Guest Services and Ayurveda Services for its retreat facility, Fire Mountain Retreat. Many of our trainees are hired for several positions as the yearly work load changes with the seasons.  (see video)

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Shri Nityanand Education Trust

is a Bombay Registered NGO working in the tribal area of Wada Taluka, Palgher District, Maharashtra.  Over the past eleven years SNET has identified 31 village in which it concentrates its seva (selfless service):

Education:  Health education, nutritional education, water hygiene & purification education, tuitions for students who failed passing tenth and twelfth exams, and Marathi literacy. SNET fund raises and provides for financial scholarships for tribal girls.

Vocational training: in a wide variety of topics such as sewing & embroidery, computer classes, solar construction and repair, organic farming, guest services, and Ayurveda therapies. Yoga teacher training scholarships, Water shed development and water harvesting.

Employment: SNET maintains four facilities offering employment to 65+ tribal people - Fire Mountain Retreat Center, Padukas Women’s Handicrafts Workshops, Men’s Alternative Technology Workshop and Fire Mountain Ayurveda.

Partnerships

SNET benefits from a continuing relationship with professors and students of IIT, Mumbai for survey, research and implementing of village-appropriate alternative technology.

Watch Dr. Vijay's latest video on the problem of rural farmers in India.

In addition SNET partners with the Third Millennium Awakening 501c3 in the United States; the Om Gagangiri Maharaj Aashirvadit Trust in Maharastra, India.

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