Development Practitioner Empowering Women Farmers Project at Seva Mandir
Victoria Haorokcham is a Development Practitioner for the past 12 years, currently employed at Seva Mandir. an NGO headquartered in Udaipur, Rajasthan. She has been associated with the organization for 9.5 years in different capacities, starting as a Program Associate under the Natural Resource Development Program, to leading the Early Childhood Care and Development Program. Currently, she is engaged in working with women farmers in southern Rajasthan to improve their livelihood opportunities and income through farm-based livelihood activities. Growing up in Manipur, a small state in the northeastern part of India, she completed her higher secondary school in her home state and moved to New Delhi to pursue her higher studies. She did her graduation in Chemistry with honors, but with little interest in the subject. Her interest in social work as an option for her master’s was ignited in the many conversations, she had with her hostel mates and seniors. Despite resistance from her family, she decided to do her master’s in social work. After completing her MSW from Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, in 2010, she started her work by forming women’s self-help groups in rural Raj.