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FPAN NEWSLETTER. 1996 May-Jun; 16(3):3-4.The Baudha Buhunipati Family Welfare Project, started in 1973 with support from the International Planned Parenthood Federation, seeks to strengthen the capacity of marginalized communities to meet their needs through sustainable development interventions. Initially, the project's purpose was to distribute oral contraceptives to female villagers and condoms to males; however, to increase the potential for community participation and improve overall socioeconomic status, agricultural activities were added. One such activity, fodder and livestock, has been turned over to a local nongovernmental organization: Samaj Sewa Samuha (SSS). This group has also constructed 19 drinking water taps, providing 6000 villagers with access to safe drinking water. In addition, SSS has established community banking funds in 21 communities, conducted literacy classes for women's groups, and set up a self-sustaining health clinic in Mahadevsthan.