Barli Development Institute for
Rural Women: Indien


Women in India still severely disadvantaged – basic knowledge and education as new basis

Child mortality is high, medical care and hygienic conditions are catastrophic, hardly anyone can read and write: The Madhya Pradesh District in India is one of the poorest regions of India. Especially the women – the Bhil and Bhilala – suffer from it.

Malnutrition, poor hygienic conditions during childbirth and infant care and lack of access to basic education make the living conditions of women in particular drastically more difficult. A quarter of all female newborns do not survive their 15th birthday. Women have a low status in their families, they often do not attend schools and are usually not paid.

knowledge is passed on to children

The “Barli Development Institute for Rural Women” was founded in 1985 in the megacity of Indore in central India. Its central interest was to address the needs of the most disadvantaged sections of the population. The continuing education of the women ensures that the knowledge learned is passed on to the children and the wider family environment.
will be. The Barli Development Institute follows the maxim “help for self-help”. The focus is on the needs of those affected. In a six-month free stay, the girls and women learn reading and writing, hygiene and health care, agricultural cultivation and a craft. Barli attaches particular importance to ensuring that the craft can find buyers in the local market. It turned out that batik and tailoring is not only a good source of income for individual women, but also for whole families in Madhya Pradesh.

New principles give self-esteem

The teaching of principles such as equality between men and women helps girls and women to gain more self-confidence. Every year, the Barli Institute trains around 170 girls and women. At the end of the program, almost everyone can read, write, use, and
boiled drinking water and earn their own money. The people have great confidence in the organisation.

Renewable energies in the household

Firewood is a scarce commodity in the region. Since cooking is mostly done in the house, lung diseases and eye diseases occur. This is why the Barli Institute uses solar cookers. These appliances are also used in the households of former Barli participants.

New trainers

Many of the former schoolgirls have been trained as trainers. In this way they can redesign their lives. One of the biggest honours awarded to the institution is the “Global 500 Award” presented by the United Nations in 1992 and the listing as one of the 81 most successful basic training projects in UNESCO’s INNOV database.


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