Towards Social Sustainability of Cotton Cultivation in Gujarat


The main aim of the project is to abolish exploitative child labour in Gujarat’s cotton industry. It hopes to free some 1,500 children from exploitative child labour during the term of the project.

Short description

The project includes various components designed to improve the living conditions of migrants and marginalised families in the region. This involves abolishing child labour, ensuring access to high-quality education and improving health. The project helps families to realise new sources of income by setting up small businesses or providing services. The families receive training and extensive support, and microloans are made available. The project partners are also promoting the expansion of sustainable farming methods to reduce health risks and increase yields. These measures are designed to tackle poverty, which is often the cause of child labour.

This project follows on from other projects with the two project partners: there has been cooperation between Terre des Hommes and Ganatar since 1996 and between Terre des Hommes and Anandi since 2002.

The project is fully financed by C&A Foundation.


The preceding three-year project achieved the following:

  • At the end of the project, 30% of the children were attending school instead of going to work
  • 25 school management teams were established to improve operation of the schools
  • Almost 600 women received health care and food supplements, especially before, during or after pregnancy
  • 25 childrens´ clubs were established and were imparting an improved understanding of ecology and the environment
  • 300 young adults/farmers have started farming organically

Towards Social Sustainability of Cotton Cultivation in Gujarat

Country / Region:
India / Gujarat

Project running time:
2015 – 2017

Project partners:
terre des hommes, C&A, Ganatar (NGO), Anandi (NGO)

Barbara Küppers


© Christel Kovermann

© Christel Kovermann

As of: March 2018