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SLI – Sustainable Livelihood Institute




Pitchandikulam Forest is a founding partner organization and incubating support for the Sustainable Livelihood Institute (SLI) which opened in 2015.

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SEDAB – Sustainable Enterprise Development

The Sustainable Enterprise Development in the Auroville Bioregion project (SEDAB)  provides sustainable livelihood to the communities in the two areas of Vanur and Marakkanam,  Villupuram district, that fall within the Kazhuveli bio-region of Tamil Nadu, India. This is a three year project that built on the strengths of research, development and innovation within the Auroville community.

To find out more, please see the SEDAB website.

Rural Women’s Theatre Workshop

GEN Auroville and Pitchandikulam hosted a two day workshop on the 1st-2nd  July 2016 for a group of fifteen mostly married women from neighbouring villages around Nadukuppam, Tamil Nadu.

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One half of the group worked at Amirtha and the other at Meera, both social enterprises that have emerged from Pitchandikulam Forest’s work at Nadukuppam, a village in Auroville’s bioregion.

]The intention was to explore through Theatre of the Oppressed games and activities what it means to live as a woman in the rural Indian context, trying to unravel the narratives, the thought patterns and societal constructions of gender culminating in a forum play for the larger community.

It was faciliated by Ms. Afshan Mariam, a psychologist working in education using tools of drama, farming and mindfulness.

To see more about the workshop and its outcomes, please see here. Soul of Women workshop.pdf