Promoting natural farming and eco businesses

Promoting natural farming and eco businesses

Promoting natural farming and eco businesses

Mool collaborates with Sagg Eco Businesses facilitating technical and programmatic decision- making to explore natural farming and other sustainable eco-businesses. It seeks to achieve self-sufficiency based on integration of indigenous resources with our needs and new evaluated knowledge, skills and tools. This collaboration aims to demonstrate natural farming and other eco ventures as respectable, healthy and ethical livelihoods, and as sustainable lifestyles. It also provides Mool fellows and interns the opportunity to learn and test their knowledge and skills to setup, develop and manage a small farm or eco business.

Mouj-Bub sufficiency school (MBSS)

Mouj-Bub1 sufficiency school (MBSS)

Mool offers programs to engage people, especially children, through participatory education geared toward building self sufficient and sustainable individuals and communities through the Mool core values. The program includes modules on self-development, leadership, learning and other skills for life. These participatory modules are designed in collaboration with varied individuals and entities with an aim to integrate ethos and experiences of different communities. Some of these modules are also offered as workshops for groups interested in consciously working towards a developing a sustainable lifestyle. The workshops are also offered to interested school, college and university students.

1 Mouj-Bub is Kashmiri for mother-father.

Indigenous practices resource center

Indigenous practices resource center

This program conducts participatory research, documents, collects and shares knowledge on indigenous practices and resources focusing on nutrition, clothing, shelter, and farming for resource sharing and a healthy individual, family and community life. The program, through collaboration with people and institutions engaged in similar efforts, endeavors to integrate such indigenous practices and wisdom with new knowledge and our ever-evolving needs.

Promoting natural farming and eco businesses

Community wellbeing program

Community wellbeing program

This program conducts participatory action research with local communities to facilitate just resolutions of the issues faced by them and work for sustainable development. The focus areas include individual, family and community wellbeing, preservation of ecological balance and conflict resolution / coexistence. The program serves as a resource for household planning, personal / community health and hygiene, and wholesome education for all. The program also mobilizes resources for and undertakes relief and rehabilitation activities during emergencies.

Mool Internship and Fellowship Program

Mool internships and fellowships program

Mool offers participatory internships and fellowships (Boujwoatt1) for Kashmiri youth, who are seeking alternative ways of learning, doing and sharing, to explore their ideas to develop self sufficient and sustainable lifestyles. Interns or fellows self-design the program for themselves based on the Mool core values and geared towards using local resources to primarily meet local needs. They get opportunities to undergo training in self-development, leadership, sustainability, community development, farming (and other indigenous businesses) and business management. Fellows also get opportunities to know and exchange ideas with people who are doing similar things locally or in other places.

Boujwoatt highlights

  • train with experts in social, economic and ecological sustainability.
  • gain skills to become eco-entrepreneurs: designing – building – maintaining, relationships and networking, participatory research, accounting, legal and social obligations, and computer operations.
  • partner with experts in developing potential business ventures and establishing them.
  • adopt sustainable lifestyles that become positive examples in communities.
  • brainstorm with fellows to overcome hurdles, personal challenges and social pressures.

The fellowships are for individuals who are seeking space to explore their own dreams and passions without societal or institutional pressure, where they can have the joy of learning. They are for those who want to create their own paths and explore sustainable ways to contribute to their own self, their community and the society at large.

Interested individuals (people preferably aged between 9 to 21 years) go through an initial process of mutual orientation and selection. Prospective fellows do an internship program with Mool. A mutual reflection process of the internship determines if we become fellows!

1Boujwoatt is Kashmiri and its English equivalent could be ‘fellowship’. The idea stands for coming together in a spirit of cooperation and complementarity to accomplish something bigger than what can be accomplished individually.