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About the Timbaktu Collective

The Timbaktu Collective is a registered voluntary organisation that was initiated in 1990, to work for sustainable development in the drought prone Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, India.

As of March 2006, the Collective had a team of 63 members and worked in about 112 villages of Chennekothapalli, Roddam and Ramagiri mandals of Anantapur district, serving about 33,000 marginalised people.

The Collective focuses on the landless, small and marginal farmers with special emphasis on women, children, youth and Dalits. These are the people who are most affected by situations like chronic drought, unproductive land, unemployment and poor infrastructural facilities. With local self governance being the underlying theme of our work, we have formed numerous Community Based Organisations (CBOs) of the rural poor, to work in the areas of:

What's new

Timbaktu Organic is soliciting investment in the form of loans (minimum amount Rs 10,000/-) as part of its strategy to raise capital for marketing the organic produce of dryland smallholder farmers of the area. The complete proposal document is available here (1.4 MB, pdf format), and a 2-page summary is available here . (Right click on the links and select "Save As" to save the document to disk).
We look forward to your support through this socially responsible and green investment.

The 2005-2006 Annual Report is now available online ! The full report is available here (1.1Mb, pdf format), or you can look at just the financial information.
Please contact us (timbaktu@vsnl.com) if you would like us to send you a hard copy of the report.

Timbaktu collective celebrated the World Environment Day in June 2006. For more details see the report (2.3 Mb) and the accounts

Timbaktu - the Land

Timbaktu today

The story begins in 1990, when a small group of development activists located themselves in a 32 acre plot of dry, degraded land. They gave it the name Timbaktu (Sarihaddu Rekha in Telugu - where the earth meets the sky). They wanted to find ways to heal and regenerate this ravaged land and create an agro forest habitat.

Slowly over the years not only Timbaktu but also the surrounding hills have greened themselves while insects, birds and animals have reappeared. A small community of volunteers, committed to developmental and ecological regeneration, has settled here.

Timbaktu in 1990


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