CEE, in partnership with Canara HSBC OBC Life Insurance Company and Mahatma Phule Samaj Seva Mandal, Karmala, is implementing a project to strengthen sustainable agricultural practices in the drought prone villages of Aljapur, Kamone and Khadki in Karmala taluka of Solapur District, Maharashtra. As part of the project activities, a check dam was repaired and a couple of water tanks constructed to improve groundwater recharging and enable better access to drinking water. Further, sustainable irrigation practices and alternative horticulture cropping were demonstrated on eight acres of land. The local women-led Self Help Groups (SHGs) have been trained to prepare pickles and jaggery for commercial sale to enhance their incomes. These are now being converted into business ventures.