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Action Northeast Trust (ANT)

Date : 2011-03-28 12:10:08

DescriptionAnt is an NGO working directly at the village level in about 90 villages across 9 Village Council Development Committees (VCDC which is equivalent to a Gaon Panchayat) on issues of health, women’s empowerment, information, livelihoods and sensitising people to press for their entitlements from the government ; village pharmacists through women volunteers & community laboratory technicians; women’s groups; alternate income opportunities through weaving, agriculture and off farm activities; information collection & distribution in user-friendly ways. The weaving work of the ant has already resulted in the formation of a weavers organisation called Aagor Daagra Afad which is consistently selling garments, upholstery and desktop products at five star hotels, airport shops and since 2005 has also been selling in the US (see www.sustainablethreads.com and www.dreamsonlooms.com) and in 2007-08 managed to distribute INR 2.3 million amongst the poorest of weavers. It has also used interest-free loans to set up a Handicrafts store to display the traditional craft of the northeast region and to highlight the positive aspects of the communities here. Design Support: Knowing that almost every woman in the northeast can weave, the ant feels that this skill can be harnessed to increase the income of people in the low-monetisation economy prevalent in the northeast. With good design inputs, it is possible to reach out to the burgeoning middle class in the cities of India . Our design support center, Ishaan has helped improve the designs of some NGOs to make them marketable. Some of these groups have made remarkable progress in marketing their products.

http://new.theant.org/

Street AddressUdangshree Dera Vill Rowmari, PO Khagrabari (via Bongaigaon) District Chirang

CityAssam

CountryIndia

Name of InstitutionAction Northeast Trust (ANT)

Phone(91 3664) 293802

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Fax

Type of ActivitySupport Institution

Emailcontact@theant.org



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