More than a 1000 Adivasi families had become tea growers through the dedicated efforts of AMS & ACCORD. However, we came to understand that they were being systematically cheated in the sale of their produce and thus was formed the Adivasi Tea Leaf Marketing Society. Daily produce was collected from all the farmers and sold in bulk to a local tea factory for a fair and remunerative price. Once again, the adage of Unity is Strength was proved. This year also saw an all women Adivasi team visiting Germany.
Over this period, the area team, especially the animators settled into their role of empowering and supporting the community in all their needs, be it in obtaining a community certificate or in guaranteeing a roof over their heads during the monsoons.