Mool Sustainability Research and Training Center (or, simply, Mool) aims to inspire youth to build local resource-based, environment-friendly, and independent livelihoods. Mool seeks to explore sustainable ways of living enabling Kashmiris to lead participatory socio-economic transformation for a just, equal, and healthy society.
Mool was formally established as a trust in 2012. It was registered with the Income Tax Department u/s 12AA in 2016. Mool has its working office in Ganderbal and its registered office in Shopian. Its administrative office is at Watlar Wuder, Lar, Ganderbal, Kashmir. Mool also has a field office in Islamabad (Anantnag).
Our formative years were the worst years of the conflict in Kashmir. The experience of violence and politics was overwhelming for most Kashmiris, but due to such circumstances, our surroundings created an opportunity for transcendence. From a young age, all of us at Mool were inclined to seek solutions for problems besetting Kashmir. With much effort, we all obtained an education that would help us understand these problems and equip us with the knowledge to find solutions. For some of us, our experiences made us realize that seeking education outside of our homeland had taken us away from Kashmir in a profound way. The inherent disorientation of the education system was revealed to us. The innate desire to work in our own communities and a need to reconnect with our roots led to the creation of Mool.