Name: ABHA by Bandhan
Category: Asset Based Livelihood
States: West BengalKnow More
Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with Bandhan for its ABHA (Axis Bandhan Holistic Assistance) programme to bring economic, social and inspirational changes in the lives of extremely poor families of Murshidabad and South 24 Parganas districts of West Bengal. Murshidabad is one of the poorest districts in West Bengal while 84% of South 24 Parganas' population lives in rural areas.
ABHA is designed to provide extremely poor especially single women households with assets for entrepreneurial use, enterprise training and basic financial services. Other basic services like health services, consumption support and personalized support by a field agent are also provided with the aim of moving these families into a sustainable income generation platform and out of extreme poverty.
Post identification of the beneficiaries through rigorous mapping, they are hand held and trained by Community Organisers on farming or non farming enterprises, confidence building and asset transfer. The programme aims to increase household income and daily meal intakes, get access to safe drinking water, basic medical facilities, a safe environment and also provide them with identity and job cards.