27 year old bringing livelihood opportunities to her town

May 2, 2017

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Many Villages in India are turning into Ghost Villages with most of the people settling down in Cities for work opportunities.

But there are few who are working towards bringing growth opportunities to the Villages to retain the people.

One of them is 27 year old, Divya Rawat from Uttrakhand.

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She came from Uttarakhand to Delhi to pursue her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in social work. After that, she found a job in a leading NGO, where she worked on human rights issues.

It hurt her to see people from her state living miserable lives in the city while the villages back home turned into ghost villages. She wanted to do something about this situation and the big push came when Uttarakhand was hit by the tragic floods of 2013.

Divya Rawat immediately quit her job and went back to Dehradun. Her plan was to try and revive decent livelihoods for the people of Uttarakhand. She wanted people to find employment and lead dignified lives within the state. And she also wanted those who had left for the cities to come back home.

Read her full story here

Not only bringing employment to Villages, she is also sharing her knowledge and expertise with the world. She is taking hands on workshops on Mushroom Cultivation. You can check her workshops on Youtube.



Check out  her page Soumya Foods on Facebook.


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  • Reply Hilary Melton-Butcher May 28, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Hi Upasna – what a wonderful uplifting story … amazing what one woman can do … and then I’m sure other agricultural advantages will come from the mushroom production and the fact the families are together … and can support each other – great read … thanks so much for sharing … cheers Hilary
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  • Reply Deborah Weber May 4, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    What an inspiring story!

    • Reply Upasna May 28, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks Deborah.

  • Reply Ryan Biddulph May 4, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Upasna this is really inspiring. We lived in cities in India a few years back but are spending time in a Thai village outside of Chiang Mai. So many folks head into town for work, to make money. I love the idea of money making and service-building opportunities flowing into the villages to preserve a prospering, peaceful way of life here.

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    • Reply Upasna May 4, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      Yes Ryan its something only few people think about. We all are so much dedicated for our self growth that we ignore others, society and our country. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here.

  • Reply Alok Singhal May 2, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Nice of you to share this inspiring read…such stories provide a hope for better future!

    • Reply Upasna May 4, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      More people should join her to bring the change fast.

  • Reply Inderpreet May 2, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    That is a good way of supporting our villages. Kudos to this girl.

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    • Reply Upasna May 4, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      Thanks to you all for bringing such an initiative.

  • Reply Kdkh May 2, 2017 at 2:48 am

    What a wonderful way to employ hometown folks. My broom darminf is really creative. What a kind and constructive movement!

    • Reply Upasna May 4, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      It would reduce commuting, resources, fuel- resulting in less pollution. Moreover, no one has to live away from the family. Its a great thing to do for every village and small towns. Thanks for dropping by.

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