Age: 32 Home Town: Rakkar, Dharmshala, Himachal Pradesh Education: BA, Social Work, Indira Gandhi National Open University Specific Field Interests: Community Development, Social Entrepreneurship, Livelihoods and Environment Placement: Purbanchal Maitri Development Society (Guwahati, Assam) Area of Focus: Livelihood
Highlights: Gaytri was born in a village near Dharmshala, Himachal Pradesh. She studied until 10th standard but was not able to continue at the time because of household duties. She was able to volunteer with an small organization called Nishtha, where she participated in trainings and informational fairs for community education. Gaytri has always wanted to work for the community, especially with women, children and elderly. She started working with Jagori Grameen in 2003 and finished her 11th and 12th standards. At Jagori, Gaytri led an 8-member team of the Sustainable Agriculture, Forest and Land Program to organize and train farmers groups in 60 villages. Her expertise is organizing trainings and leading meetings on bio-pesticides, vermi-compost, traditional seed preservation and other agricultural practices. She helped start Green Leaf Produce, a project to organize small farmers to grow and sell their vegetables for better prices. While at Jagori, she also worked with youth on leadership and body literacy, worked to make local government more transparent and participatory, and participated in street plays and other community outreach efforts. Gaytri also worked with women's collectives on issues of domestic violence, social audit, NREGA, RTI and reproductive health. In 2011, she traveled to Nepal to attend the 16th South Asian Feminist Capacity Course on Gender, Sustainable Livelihoods, Human Rights and Peace. Gaytri is completing her BA in Social Work from Indira Gandhi National Open University. Gaytri speaks Gaddi, Pahari, Punjabi, Hindi and intermediate English. She loves to make friends, face challenges, try new things and serve others in the community however she can.