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Worm Composting - Source of income for rural India

The rural villagers of Medak, India have fallow arid land. Worms produce organic compost that renourishes the land for crop growth, and provides a source of income as surplus is sold for a profit. The main source of work for Medak's "dalit" (untouchable) caste is manual labor, such as laying roads. This work requires them to leave for months at a time. Worm composting stop this migration by providing an alternate sustainable source of local revenue, while holistically restoring fallow lands so crops can be grown.

Adding worm castings manure to the soil aerates and improves its overall structure while providing beneficial nutrients to plants. Worm castings are an organic form of fertilizer produced from earthworms. Also known as vermicast, worm castings manure is essentially earthworm waste, otherwise known as worm poo. As these creatures eat through compost, their waste creates an optimal soil enricher. Worm castings resemble football-shaped particles that improve soil aeration and drainage, as well as increase water retention in the soil.

This project provides worm compost and income-generating activity for 100 households. 10 villages are provided with 100 beds for breeding worms. 1,000,000 worms and roughly 5,200 pounds of manure will be produced. Each family uses the organic manure needed for their one-acre farms; produce vegetables for their families; and sell remaining compost and worms, for a total profit of $20,000.

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