i. Women Entrepreneurship Development Training Program
This training program was organized for Women SHG members so that they can apart from regular savings take part in income generation activities by starting their small enterprises. This program was intended to encourage and promote women SHG members for starting their own small businesses either individually or through group and become financially self reliant. Through this program the women participants were oriented about various existing government schemes, role of banks and other financial institutions and scope for small and medium enterprises.
In this training program the participants were oriented about the various types of enterprises which could be started with minimum investment. The topics covered in this training program were sources for pooling funds, types of business/enterprises, existing government schemes, role of banks and financial institutions, DIC, MCED, MITCON, MIDC, Khadi Gramuudyog Mandal etc and types of small industries like cottage industry, small scale industries based on agri produce like agri processing units, dairy (milk) processing units, (value addition) fruit processing, etc and its marketing and available market potential.
ii. Formation and strengthening of SHGs
This project is supported by NABARD, through which Self Help Groups are being formed and provided with basic trainings so that they could regularly save and obtain credit facilities from banks and financial institutions and start their small enterprises thus making them financially self reliant. The purpose of formation of SHGs was to inculcate a habit of savings amongst the beneficiaries and imbibe in them entrepreneurship qualities so that they can rely less on agriculture or allied wage labour alone for their subsistence and indulge in other vocations for income generation activities through group initiatives. The organization has under this project formed SHGs of men and women from Ashti, Arvi, Karanja block of Wardha districts and imparted them with trainings on Pancha Sutra, like regular meetings, book keepings, bank transactions, internal lending’s, credit linkages, entrepreneurship, team building, leadership and marketing etc. The organization has also provided support in starting small enterprises and bank credit linkages to these SHGs.
iii. Farmer group
The project aims at forming groups of farmers so that they can form a Farmer company. These farmers group having common interest in them, deliberate on matters pertaining to their farms and take collective decisions pertaining to adoption of farming technology, seeds, purchase of pesticides and fertilizers and selling of their agri. produce which reduces the cost of input and better bargaining power. Under this project the organization has formed like minded groups of small and marginal farmers cultivating similar crops in their farms. These farmers groups were imparted with capacity building trainings on innovative farming practices, organic farming, variety of seeds, collective purchasing and selling of their agri. produce and were motivated for formation of farmers producer company.
iv. Mission Socio-Economic Development
As the name implies under this project, the women from Wardha districts were imparted with skill trainings and provided a handholding support for starting small enterprises based on the skills acquired for ensuring financial self reliance through income generation activities. The organization under this program imparted women beneficiaries from the project area with skill trainings on beauty parlour, sewing, embroidery, milk products, sweets/confectionary, pickles etc. Through these trainings the women participants acquired the necessary skills for starting their own small venture and indulged in income generation activities and thus become financially self reliant.