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Akshara Sobhanan - Selected for The Social Hackathon 1.0

Akshara is from Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala and is currently pursuing Master's in Social Work Disaster Management in Loyola College of Social Sciences Trivandrum. After being a Chemistry graduate she decided to pursue her path in Social Work. She realized that her soul lies in the path of social commitment. Empowerment of suppressed communities is her dream. She visited Attappadi tribal settlement in 2019 as a part of nature camp in co-ordination with forest department of Silent Valley. Sustainable future and food security are the major objectives of JEEVANI.


Anjuthengu aka Anjengo is a coastal Panchayat and town in Chirayinkeezhu block, Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. It is the place with immense historical relevance. It is situated 9 km south-west of Varkala Town along Trivandrum - Varkala - Kollam coastal highway. Anjuthengu is inhabited with fishermen community and their livelihood is fully dependent on the sea and the lake. Fishermen community of Anjengo faces grave issues and the most important among them is the issue of livelihood. As already mentioned the community is dependent on the sea and lake for their day-to-day needs of life. We could realise that there is the issue of decline in fish resource in the sea mainly because of the increase in arrival of big boats named ollivellangal. These large boats are equipped with trackers and specially designed nets for fishing. A huge amount of fish is collected by these boats (including the smaller ones and eggs). Hence, the availability of fish for the indigenous people of Anjengo is minimum. This adversely affects their day-to-day life, since their lives are completely dependent in fishing practice. Another issue they face is that of the decreased permit of kerosene. This force them to pay more on fuel for the boat – engine. At the same time their earnings from sea is poor. This eventually pushes the families into debt. The impact of Ockhi cyclone in the lives of people still persists; even after 3 years of the disaster. The trauma pulls the survivors of the disaster to get back home, even a small change observed in the climate during the fishing. This made others to exclude the survivors while they depart to fishing practice. Previously men were the main earning members of each family, but in the post disaster scenario and also due to the issues of ollivellam women are forced to find job in order to take care of the family. Men also find alternative job like daily wages as livelihood measure. But in the pandemic scenario their lives are in misery


Women belong to the community are interested in agriculture. They are ready to start cultivation, if adequate support is provided (Currently there is no support from the part of Krishibhavan in starting a new venture). We are planning to solve the issue of livelihood up to a certain extent by supporting the women in starting agriculture in their areas. We expect that if the venture becomes a success then more support will be available from the part of government as a step to promote the livelihood of the community.


We believe we have the power to make changes by using the skills we already have as we are MSW Disaster management students and rehabilitation is one of our focus area also Anjengo is included in our field work, and also we would like to promote women empowerment through such activities by providing them skills and livelihood assets which contribute to improve their socio-economic status.

PROJECT: Jeevani


The project is focused on the empowerment and sustainable future of the fishing community of Anjengo. In order to achieve the goal the project provides full-fledged support in agriculture in the coastal area. Through this venture food security as well as financial backup of the community gets enhanced to certain extends.


  • To empower the community of Anjuthengu, to enhance the confidence of women in being part of a new venture & to promote agriculture for a sustainable future.


  • GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities


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