Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with Peoples Rural Education Movement for project PREMA. This project is designed to provide vocational training and supplementary support to identified youth from socio-economically depressed tribal and dalit communities of four districts of Odisha - Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri and Kandhamal. The various courses include Hotel Management, Engineering Diploma, Computer hardware and software training, Auto mechanic and driving, Kewda weaving, Nursing, Security Guard, agricultural training and Grihini program for mothers and adolescent girls to improve their livelihood. Over the next five years, the program is expected to benefit 10,025 individuals.
For more information on the partner log on to www.prem.org.in
Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with Kherwadi Social Welfare Association (KSWA) to launch the Yuva Parivaratan program. Yuva Parivartan provides vocational training under various trades to the unmotivated school drop-outs and underprivileged youth residing in the state of Maharashtra. At the end of the training these youth will be placed in an associated industry or be able to begin their own enterprises.
Yuva Parivartan is a movement with the vision to create opportunities for school dropouts and deprived youth to lead productive and socially useful lives. The focus is on four main areas: vocational training and community engagement, industry partnership and placement. Over the next five years, we aim to setup 64 vocational training centres and provide sustainable livelihoods to around 68,846 youth in the Marathwada & Vidharba regions in the state of Maharashtra. The various courses offered to make a living are tailoring, electrician, A.C mechanic, motor winding, housekeeping, data entry, spoken English, computer hardware, mobile repairing, nursing, hair dressing etc. Besides making these youth employable they will also be brought under the banks' financial inclusion program, wherein a bank official from the nearest branch will talk to them about inculcating a habit of saving and enable them to open a bank account.
For more information on the partner log on to www.yuvaparivartan.org
ABHA (Axis Bank Bandhan Holistic Assistance)
Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with Bandhan Konnagar to launch the Axis Bank Bandhan Holistic Assistance (ABHA) program for the Poorest of the Poor. Over the next five years, ABHA aims to reach out to 50,000 people living in the villages of Murshidabad and South 24 Parganas districts of West Bengal. ABHA is expected to be a small step in realizing the vision of a more equitable society, where the extremely poor share the benefits of growth. Our target beneficiaries are the poorest sections amongst the population, primarily women who are widows or women with no able bodied male member in the household. The primary source of income is infrequent informal labour or charity.
In order to enable the beneficiaries to emerge out of extreme poverty sustainable livelihood options are identified and two assets are purchased and handed over to them, free of cost. We are working towards creating at least two sources of income in the family from the two income generating assets. The beneficiaries are expected to come out of extreme poverty over a period of 18-24 months. The major outcomes expected out of the program are
- All the members of the household eat at least two full meals in a day.
- Beneficiaries reside in safe houses.
- Basic financial literacy and opening of bank accounts.
- Children of school going age attend school.
For more information on the partner log on to www.bandhan.org
Centre for Collective Development (CCD)
Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with CCD for a period of five years, to work for the benefit of around 46,000 small and marginal farmers in the remote villages of Anantapur and the tribal areas of Adilabad. The program objectives are to increase the socio-economic status of the poor in Anantapur and Adilabad districts of Andhra Pradesh. The focus of the program is the promotion of cooperatives of small and marginal farmers, sustainable agriculture, pooling of agricultural produce and to set up processing units for groundnuts in Anantapur and Cotton in Adilabad and thus progress in the value chain. In the later phase of the program, emphasis will also be laid on influencing policy in favour of sustainable agriculture and small and marginal farmers.
Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with DHAN Vayalagam Tank Foundation (DVTF) andidentified four drought prone blocks in Tamil Nadu- Kottampatti, Natham, South Pudur and Ponnamaravathy, working to improve the performance of traditional water commons viz. tanks and village ponds and rehabilitate them to their original hydrologic standards by organizing the community members into associations. The project involves reviving 625 irrigation tanks and 125 drinking water ponds in addition to various other site specific soil and water conservation interventions. Over the next five years, the project is expected to benefit around 30,000 small and marginal farming families and 30,000 landless labour families from over 500 villages. The project aims to increase agricultural income through increased crop cultivation and higher yield, as well as facilitate the formation of women self-help groups to take up various income generating activities and to link them to a bank for credit facilities. The program also includes preparing agricultural demonstration plots to teach the farmers advanced practices for paddy cultivation.
For more information on the partner log on to www.dhan.org
Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with Dilasa to enable a 50% increase in the annual income of 50,000 families living in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. Dilasa was established in 1994, working for the development of neglected tribal people, farmers, distressed women and children. Dilasa has implemented various developmental projects in the Vidarbha region, creating livelihoods on a sustainable basis.
This region has come to epitomize the severe agrarian distress faced by India, reflected in the spate of farmer suicides in this area. Studies trace the farmer suicides to high indebtedness, non-availability of easy credit, inadequate crop insurance, poor irrigation facilities, high production cost, erratic rains and natural calamities. Farmers of the region largely grow only one crop a year and the absence of optional non-farm or agro-allied livelihoods are important reasons being cited for these suicides.
In an effort to alleviate the situation of distress in this area, Axis Bank Foundation has tied up with Dilasa and have partnered with them for the introduction of a number of interventions to be implemented; these are:
- Creating irrigation facilities by building small check dams and tanks
- Soil erosion control measures.
- Promoting sustainable and lower risk agricultural practices.
- Promoting allied livelihoods.
- Formation of self-help groups and linking them to financial institutions for credit facilities.
Over a period of five years the project is expected to reach out to around 51,325 families and bring about at least a 50% of increase in their annual income.
Krishi Gram Vikas Kendra (KGVK)
Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with KGVK, to promote sustainable integrated development and Total Village Management (TVM) in five districts of Jharkhand, increasing the socio-economic status of the larger populace of 351 villages. This program will be implemented with the help of integrated TVM model though community partnership and is expected to transform the 351 villages in a span of 5 years.
The program indicators are: to increase the income of the target households by at least 50% through different income generating activities and to provide financial inclusion to the beneficiaries of the program at the end of the project. Over the next five years, the program is expected to benefit about 52,500 poor households in the remote tribal villages of Jharkhand.
For more information on the partner log on www.kgvkindia.com
Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with PRADAN to assist around 60,000 rural families get sustainable farm based livelihoods and subsequently enhance their family incomes by around 60%.
PRADAN, a grassroots institution in the rural development sector driven by its mission statement "Impacting Livelihoods to Enable Rural Communities" has been working with isolated, poor and excluded populations of central and eastern India for the past 28 years. With the understanding that development is a human process, PRADAN's key strategy has been to induct educated and socially motivated youth, train them and place them at the grassroots as change agents. Till now, PRADAN has been instrumental in inducting more than 1500 such young men and women from various backgrounds to work at grassroots with disadvantaged communities.
Axis Bank Foundation will be working closely with the communities in the backward regions of the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh mobilising them into self-help groups, initiate livelihood planning exercises, technology extension, and putting in place backward and forward market linkages. Over the next five years, we expect to create strong nucleus and demonstration of SHGs working on issues of credit access, livelihood promotion, awareness on various constitutional provisions and other rights and entitlements.
For more information on the partner log on www.pradan.net
Samaj Pragati Sahyog (SPS)
Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with SPS, in several inter-related focus areas over a period of five years to address the distress of the poorest, especially the tribal populations in Dewas and Khargone districts of Madhya Pradesh. Various interventions in water infrastructure will be used to build a whole range of livelihood opportunities, moving towards stimulating livelihood security for the most deprived. The overall goal of the project is to achieve livelihood security for 47,143 families from poor households in Dewas and Khargone districts of Madhya Pradesh and to achieve an overall increase in the income of the household by at least 50% through the various livelihood activities such as
- Watershed development programs.
- Dry land agriculture.
- Crop aggregation and marketing of the produce for better price.
- Formation of self- help groups and assisting in bank linkages for credit.
- Livestock support and Kumbaya.
For more information on the partner log on www.samprag.org