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Livelihood Project for Rural Women in Muzaffarpur District

LWR began working in India in the 1950s, sending relief supplies to populations affected by famine and disease. Since then, LWR’s work has significantly evolved to focus on long-term development needs, particularly in Bihar State, and emergency operations. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami struck India, and LWR responded to meet immediate relief, as well as longer-term recovery, needs. Additionally, LWR works in India to break the cycle of poverty among marginalized communities, including Dalits, women and tribal populations. LWR is currently implementing programs in the agriculture and food security, climate change and disaster risk reduction, health and livelihoods and water sectors.

The Project

Due to lack of alternative income generation skills and access to financial resources, a number of women in Sakra Block of Muzaffarpur District, Bihar State, have been unable to participate in economic activities that contribute to household income.

In response, LWR is working through local partner Christian Medical Association of India (CMAI) to increase the income of targeted beneficiaries through micro-enterprises that enable selected women to meet basic household needs and earn a steady income. Through a market study, LWR identified goat rearing, cow and buffalo rearing, vegetable vending, establishment of grocery or provisional stores, fish vending and tailoring as potential alternative employment opportunities for targeted women in Sakra Block.

In total, LWR plans to support 600 households from 30 villages in increasing their annual income from 5,100 rupees (approximately $80 USD) to 6,500 rupees (or approximately $100 USD) by the end of the project.


To support the establishment and implementation of 600 micro-enterprise units with 600 women.

Project activities include:

  • Procurement and distribution of:
    • goats for 233 women,
    • fodder and medication for 107 women participating in cow and buffalo rearing,
    • equipment for fish and vegetable vending for 67 women,
    • items for the start of small shops for 104 women,
    • agricultural inputs for 65 women and
    • sewing machines and supplies for 24 women.

    to engage in alternative livelihood opportunities.

  • This is the second phase of LWR’s work with CMAI in these villages. Phase I included formation of self-help groups and training in alternative livelihood opportunities.