Every woman has a story to tell. For small dairy farmer Savita, hers has become one of empowerment.
Savita lives in Ozar, a village in western India, where her family’s dairy farm provides both nutrition for her family and a source of income. Like most farmers in the Indian dairy industry, Savita has had little training on farming techniques and business practices before entering the marketplace. As a result, their cows often produce low-quality milk – and not much of it – which in turn leads to low income. Farmers like Savita tend to live from one milk collection to the next, rarely able to get ahead or invest in their futures.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, when women have the same access to productive resources as men, their farms yield between 20 percent and 30 percent more than before. That's why investing in women is key to strengthening communities.