In the beginning we had decided that we would work in a small geographical area but as intensely as possible. Twenty years have passed and we still feel that we have not even scratched the surface, so much more needs to be done. Yet, times have changed. India is one of the rising world economies, we have some of the richest people in the world, the carbon foot print of 10% of our population is as high if not higher than many countries in the North. Yet not much has changed in the daily lives of the marginalized peoples we have been working with.
We have been, in our limited way, working to empower the marginalised and vulnerable people in a micro area of this ecologically challenged district, Anantapur, with focus on smallholder farmers and the landless on themes such as ecorestoration, child and youth rights, disability rights, women’s empowerment, organic farming and producer owned business enterprise development.
As the Timbaktu Collective enters into the 21st year of its existence, we present to you our Annual Report for the financial year 2010/2011. We hope you enjoy reading it and continue supporting our work as you have over all these years.