Our plan : In 2016-18, we plan to share issue programmes of governments, corporates, NGOs, FAs... in any country with focus on Thane, other districts of India.
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Income Generation programmes Income Generation : Funding proposals by various stakeholders

Balajee Sewa Sansthan


SHG & Income Generation Activities

Balajee Sewa Sansthan has initiated various activities for improving economic status of the community. These include promoting kitchen garden, vegetable growing, goat rearing and pig farming. The marginal farmers are regularly taken on exposure visits and this has resulted in crop diversity in the region.
Entrepreneurship development training on vegetable cultivation, candle making, incense stick making, namkeen making, etc., are regularly organised for the community, leading to capacity enhancement of women and increase in their self-confidence.

To increase economic independence among women, Balajee Sewa Sansthan is continuously working on SHG formation and linking them with banks. These groups help the members to meet their daily expenses from their small savings. A revolving fund is being created from the savings of its members. Proceeds from the revolving fund are further used to support the poor and the disadvantaged section of the society. The organisation regularly holds workshops on bank linkages. The group members are told about the benefits of the group and the income generation activities on which they can get the loan facilities from the bank. The bank officers explain them the criteria of bank linkages and process of loaning. The participants share the problems related to bank.

Balajee Sewa Sansthan takes SHG members on exposure visits to group members engaged in income generating activities and small scale industries like food processing units such as pickle, jam, murabba units, vermicompost, vermiwash, cutting and tailoring, bag making, carpenter shops, etc. The visiting SHG members interact with the group members and get information on the development processes and profit distribution among the group members.

Keeping in mind the environmental balance in the working area, the organisation has been providing training on herbal agriculture as a new opportunity in the field of livelihood promotion. It is also motivating them through seed distribution free of cost.

To stop migration of the people from the villages and to promote the small scale industries, Matribhumi Jan Seva Sansthan is encouraging apiculture as a source of livelihood and providing training to the people on its methods and benefits. It has also been providing bee boxes required for apiculture to the participants


More programmes of various stakeholders are accessible to content members.

Website : http://www.bssindia.net/

Bhagini Nivedita Gramin Vigyan Niketan(BNGVN)


With the seasonal nature of agriculture, women wanted to create an alternate livelihood that could augment their income. In the year 2005, several income generation activities were initiated through training along with systems for quality checks and planned logistics. Our women were able to market products such as quilts, Indian savories and snacks through the Udyog programme.

We have about 350 women across over 10 villages in Jalgaon and Dhule districts stitching quilts and more than 500 women doing embroidery and stitching miscellaneous products through the year. We also have over 100 women making quality-monitored food products and selling it across nine villages in Jalgaon. Each woman on an average earn an additional Rs 1500 per month that has helped them repay loans, ensure they have food for the family and even educate their children.

Gramin Vyapari Sangathana
The Gramin Vyapari Sangatana is a programme with the women of the Bhuiya community who are known for selling seasonal items such as Dry Coconut, Til, Bananas, so on going door to by mostly carrying them in baskets on their heads.
They travel several miles everyday to the city to buy these items and bring it back to the villages to sell. However with access to very little money as individuals, they were not able to tap the full potential of their market. They would buy small quantities from local markets and sell for very less margins. We helped women of this trade to build a co-operative group through which they could buy raw materials in bulk from a lucrative city market, store supplies in a warehouse.

The materials were then distributed among the women. This not only saved their efforts in travelling but also increased their daily income from 50 to 60 rupees to 100 to 120 Rupees.

Milk collection and Dairy loans
We also provide loans for farmers to buy cows or buffaloes and run a milk collection centre. People can bring milk and are paid according to the milk's fat content. This initiative was started mainly to address the problem of many farmers falling into debt with the Dairy Centres. Farmers were availing advance money and loans from the Dairy Centre to buy cows and buffaloes. This led to selling milk to the Dairy Centre at a lesser price than the market rate thus never being able to clear their debts with them.


More programmes of various stakeholders are accessible to content members.

Website : http://bngvn.org/

Cadbury - Mondelez India Foods Limited


Cocoa extension program
Cadbury’s Cocoa department produces over 7.5 million hybrid seedlings annually and distributes among farmers in Kerala, Andhra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Cadbury’s technical staff travel all over the cocoa growing areas giving farmers advice and assistance in all aspects of cocoa cultivation. Cadbury adopts innovative training approach through seminars and field demonstrations similar to FFS (farmers field school) developed by FAO to impart knowledge about cocoa cultural practices to farmers. It is an interactive and knowledge oriented approach to improve farm management increasing productivity and farmers’ income. Farmers are encouraged to share their experience for the benefit of all. The challenge is to reach more farmers and motivate them to take up cocoa cultivation. It is heartening to note that knowledge transfer has taken place to over 65000 cocoa farmers through a dedicated team of 60 full time employees. The testimony of this lies in the fact that the productivity per tree in India is at over 1.1 kg which is amongst the best in the world.


More programmes of various stakeholders are accessible to content members.

Website : http://www.mondelezindiafoods.com/in/

We are ready to start Income Generation globally

Having started on India in 1999 gives us at least 15 years advantage of knowing the issue reasonably well. Having an Ashoka fellowship to the founder in 2004 is a great advantage as well.

We are keen to share what each one of you in Income Generation - whether government or an NGOs or a funding agency or a company or a philanthropists or media or just anyone in your country is doing for eye care or sub issue of Income Generation.

We will be talking to at least 3000 people across 193 countries from February 2014 to April 2014 to share various aspects of each issue / sub issue. ( We are writing to at least 100 000 people )

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