Chinhari is a collective of largely young women that works towards reconstructive praxis in remote locations of Chhattisgarh. Chinhari has been working on ‘learning’ from (and not on) sustainable ways of living and works towards habitable village life since 2016. Chinhari finds its drive-in democratic ways of functioning, we aim to work with and with the help of collectives (than single individual heads).
In the last few years, Chinhari has collectively worked on questions of
- Nutrition leading to indigenous vegetable cultivation by young women
- Changes in women’s bodies – menstruation, childbirth etc.
- Hands-on practical education through forms of open-learning centres.
- Indigenous lac cultivation as part of the rejuvenation of one’s relationship with forests and,
- Painting and embroidery as forms of expression to give one’s becoming a creative turn.
Amidst the economic meltdown and the fear that COVID 19 brought about; Chinhari focused on transformative praxis and made efforts to engage with the consequences of the pandemic.