The India Development Service Project sponsored three women's dairy co-operatives in the 1980s in order to market their milk in a nearby town and to illustrate what rural women can achieve with relevant training and assistance in organizing themselves. Over 300 women were trained in all aspects of dairying including raising fodder, rearing cows, managing a cooperative, testing milk, keeping accounts and all other related aspects. They now negotiate with the bank for cow and buffalo loans and make decisions about issues such as setting the price of milk and settling disputes arising out of the quality of milk delivered by some members to the society.
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