The Timbaktu Collective

The Timbaktu Collective is a registered Not-for-Profit Organisation initiated in 1990, working for sustainable development in the drought prone Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh (A.P.) INDIA.

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The Collective works in over 150 villages of Chennekothapalli, Roddam and Ramagiri mandals of Anantapur district, reaching and serving about 20,000 marginalised families.

The Collective works with some of most affected by chronic drought, unproductive land, unemployment and poor infrastructural facilities in the region, among them the landless, small and marginal farmers with special emphasis on women, children, youth and dalits.

Their vision is for rural communities take control of their own lives, govern themselves and live in social and gender harmony while maintaining a sustainable lifestyle.


Their mission is to enable marginalised rural people, landless labourers, and small and marginal farmers particularly women, children, youth, dalits and the disabled, to enhance their livelihood resources, get organised and work towards social justice and gender equity and lead life in a meaningful and joyous manner.

With local self-governance as the underlying theme, the Collective develops models that address the rights of the most disadvantaged rural people.

The models include: ecological restoration of waste lands; organic farming and marketing; alternative banking, credit creation, legal aid and counselling for women; child friendly education and spaces; livelihood through animal husbandry; and disability support.

As part of its strategy, the Collective has formed numerous village based organisations for the rural poor, promoted producer owned mutually aided business enterprises and revived the Cooperative movement.

Nature School initiated in 1992.

Where we are

Rüttiweg 45, CH 4143-Dornach

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