The Timbaktu Collective is a registered Not-for-Profit Organisation initiated in 1990, working for sustainable development in the drought prone Anantapuramu district of Andhra Pradesh (A.P.) INDIA.
The Collective works in 178 villages of Chennekothapalli, Roddam and Ramagiri mandals of Anantapur district, reaching and serving about 22,000 marginalised families.
The Collective works with some of most affected by chronic drought, unproductive land , unemployment and poor infrastructural facilities in the region, among them the landless, small and marginal farmers with special emphasis on women, children, youth and dalits.
Rural communities take control of their own lives, govern themselves and live in social, gender and ecological harmony while maintaining a sustainable lifestyle.
Enable marginalised rural people, landless labourers, and small and marginal farmers particularly women, children, youth, Dalits and the people with disabilities, to enhance their livelihood resources, get organised and work towards social justice and gender equity and lead life in a meaningful and joyous manner.
With local self governance as the underlying theme, the Collective develops models that address the rights of the most disadvantaged rural people.
The models include: ecological restoration of waste lands; organic farming and marketing; alternative, thrift-and-credit based financial systems for women; the rearing of small ruminants by the landless; disability rights; child friendly forums and sites of learning.
As part of its strategy, the Collective has formed numerous village based organisations for the rural poor, promoted producer owned mutually aided business enterprises and revived the Cooperative movement.