Together, let us revolutionize storytelling by supporting and publishing stories sourced directly from rural storytellers!
Support us in building alternative digital rural livelihoods.
The Covid-19 induced lockdown has brought India’s tourism industry to a grinding halt. Rural communities have lost their livelihoods, supply chains have been disrupted and alternate income streams have thinned. Experts anticipate that the effect will be felt for up to a year or longer.
Voices of Rural India (VoRI) is an effort to turn this unprecedented crisis into an opportunity to create alternate livelihoods by upgrading digital skills in rural India, while also preserving grassroots knowledge that is slowly disappearing.
VoRI is a not-for-profit digital initiative to host curated stories by rural storytellers. Unlike most existing online platforms, the stories of rural India will be told directly in rural voices.
In the short-term, Voices of Rural India aims to create a revenue stream for affected communities through digital journalism. It will help develop digital storytelling skills using basic tools at the grassroots level, with a focus on women and the youth.
In the long run, Voices of Rural India aims to become a repository of oral traditions, local folklore, and the culture of rural India, documented in local voices. The digital skills thus acquired can be used to support rural entrepreneurship ventures.
Since the inception of the project, a group of passionate volunteers have been putting in their time, skills, and effort to bring VoRI to life. In our first phase, we plan to raise funds for 200 stories and kickstart our journey of creating digital rural livelihoods.
The funds raised, will be used to directly remunerate the storytellers and partly to support the curation and editing team.
|Remuneration for Storytellers (200 x INR 1000)||2,00,000|
|Curation and Editing||1,00,000|
|Social Media and Promotion||Volunteer-based|
|Website Development and Management||Volunteer-based|
|Networking & Coordinating with Community Organisations||Volunteer-based|
|Digital Training Curriculum Development for Storytellers||Volunteer-based|
|Virtual Training and Capacity Building of Storytellers||Volunteer-based|
|Total Funds to be Raised||3,00,000|
Your contribution of INR 1500 helps bring one story online, by identifying, training, curating, editing, and supporting a rural storyteller.
INR 1500 – 1 story
INR 4500 – 3 stories
INR 7500 – 5 stories
Funds worth INR 1000 per story are directly paid in the accounts of the storytellers and the remaining INR 500 to the team of editors.