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Income generating activities for deprived communities in India

Requested by

Christian Coastal and Interior Minstries Association

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

Women in rural areas of India suffer both economically and socially. As a result of their general status as second class citizens, development programmes do not take into account the aspirations of women, and are not effective in achieving their objectives.

Rural women in our project area suffer from being invisible, both economically and socially. Economic invisibility stems from the perception that women are not relevant to waged or self employment. However, they have in fact been playing a very important and significant role. They have been engaged in a variety of occupations such as small farm agriculture, live stock vending, tree growing, small trading and vending. There is a need to empower these women and to strengthen their economic security.

The project area of rural Visakhapatnam are the most backward and poverty stricken areas in the district of Visakhapatnam, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, South India. Poverty is rampant in the villages, and major occupation of these deprived communities is either agricultural labour or wage earning through Rickshaw pulling. All the labours belong to the category of “Landless Labourers”.

There is a high level of illiteracy rate in these areas, and people prefer not to send their children to schools but to have them work as bonded labour. Daily wages are low and there is no assured income from agriculture works. Therefore there is a need for providing alternative sources of income.

What is your project and how will it help?

The project is aimed at empowering unemployed youth (both men & women) in the rural areas of Payakaraopeta, Kotananduru, and Nathavaram in the district of Visakhapatnam, state of Andhra Pradesh, South India. Through Income Generating Activities, the proposed projects are an integrated approach to train the unemployed youth in the courses of tailoring, fashion technology (especially for women) and computer training course & tailoring course (men only).

i) To empower unemployed youth (specially women) and build 
self confidence, self support and self reliance;

ii) To enable women to develop in mind, body and spirit;

iii) To encourage and equip women to become literates and leaders;

iv) To equip unemployed youth to develop their skills in future;

v) To enable the unemployed youth to become self financier.

The approaches prescribed for empowerment will focus on improving women’s control over material resources and strengthening women’s economic security. Women groups are formed using two methods of organising women around Skill Training Activities & Income Generation. The Women groups will be identified, motivated and their capacities are appropriately enhanced/ strengthened through suitable training methodology, and the groups will take up an income generation activity suited to the local environment and resources.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

People can partner with us on this project by providing funding for the training centers.

Please detail the resources that you need.

Funding for starting tailoring centers – USD 38,000
Funding for running a fashion technology training center – USD 19,000

Refer to details in the attached project proposal.

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Partnership types

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Regions / countries / territories

Asia: India

Global issues

Community development; Education and training; Gender issues


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