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Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with some of the sincerest non-profit organisations whose mission is aligned with its social responsibility goals. In an endeavour to make a difference, ABF has joined hands with organisations across the length and breadth of the country for the overall upliftment of the society.

Sustainable Livelihood

  • ABHA by Bandhan

    Organisation Details:

    Name: ABHA by Bandhan

    Category: Asset Based Livelihood

    Target Beneficiary Group: Women (primarily widows) who are living on charity

    Total Beneficiaries: 25,000 women in two districts in five years

    States: West Bengal

    Period:Five Years

    Name: ABHA by Bandhan

    Category: Asset Based Livelihood

    States: West Bengal

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    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.

  • India

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India)

    Category: Agriculture

    Target Beneficiary Group: Tribal communities

    Total Beneficiaries: 22, 000 Households in 200 villages in five years

    States: The Dangs and adjoining tribal blocks of Vansda, Chikli, Songadh and Vyara in Gujarat

    Period:Five Years

    Name: Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India)

    Category: Agriculture

    States: The Dangs and adjoining tribal blocks of Vansda,

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    Dang, a district in Gujarat has been declared one of the most backward regions of India. 60% of its geographical area is under forest cover and 98% of its population belong to Scheduled Tribes and PVTGs (Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups), the highest proportion of tribal population in a district in the country. Though the region gets favourable annual rainfall, the terrain being hilly, soil erosion and rainwater run-off is high. The tribal communities are largely dependent on rain fed agriculture for their sustenance. Due to small landholdings (less than two acres), lack of irrigation facilities and market linkages because of the region's remoteness, food security is very low. As a result, there is a high level of seasonal migration leading to continued indebtedness, increased pressure on women, lack of education for children and no care for the elderly who are left behind.

    Axis Bank Foundation and Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India) work in the region to enhance livelihood and food security of the tribal communities through conservation of natural resources and providing them with options and techniques for increased income from agriculture. This is done through creating awareness in the communities about water and land management, formation of Self Help Groups, soil and water conservation and development through checkdams, nala plugs etc, plantation and fodder management, creating farm ponds and using lift irrigation methods to lift water to higher grounds and using gravity to distribute to farmland.

    Trainings are also given on various types of farming methods like SRI (System of Root Intensification) and organic farming, setting up vegetable and creeper gardens for landless people, promotion of fruit crops like mango, guava, papaya etc for domestic consumption and livestock rearing with linkages to cooperatives for selling of milk and milk products.

    As part of the non-farm livelihood intervention, training on making bamboo products is given to the Kotwalia tribal and other communities. These products are sold by Aga Khan's bamboo furniture and crafts unit in Netrang which now has an annual turnover of INR 10 lakhs.

  • Centre for Collective Development

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Centre for Collective Development

    Category: Cooperatives

    Target Beneficiary Group:Small and marginalized farmers

    Total Beneficiaries:21,500 farmers in two districts in five years

    States: Andhra Pradesh

    Period:Five Years

    Name: Centre for Collective Development

    Category: Cooperatives

    States: Andhra Pradesh

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    Anantapur and Adilabad districts are considered some of the most socio-economically backward regions in AP. While Adilabad has a large tribal population comprising of small and marginal farmers, Anantapur district receives very low annual rainfall and hence is prone to severe droughts. With an average land holding of two hectares and poor soil quality, income from agriculture is low leading to widespread poverty, indebtedness and distress migration. While groundnut is grown in Anantapur, cotton forms the main crop in Adilabad due to its hilly terrain and soil type. Due to strong presence of middlemen and agents, these poor farmers are further cheated of their earnings by their corrupt practices.

    Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with Centre for Collective Development (CCD) to help set up Commodity Cooperatives of groups of farmers in order to do away with the middlemen nexus and help them get better value for their products. Community members are mobilised and made to understand the benefits of having their own Cooperatives. They are then trained in quality assessment of their produce, procurement and storage, book keeping and given financial assistance to purchase seeds and fertilizers. CCD also assists them with information on market trends and rates.

    Through rain water harvesting, water conservation, integrated pest management, organic treatment of soil and seeds and crop rotation, CCD also supports and encourages sustainable agricultural practices. In the Agri input shops and nurseries set up by CCD, the farmers can buy seeds as well as nursery plants of tomatoes, chilies, brinjal, cauliflower and marigold. Various other tools of farming are also available at a rate lower than the market.

    Processing units for groundnuts will be set up in Anantapur and for cotton in Adilabad to help the products move ahead in the value chain.

  • Corbett Foundation

    Organisation Details:

    Name: The Corbett Foundation

    Category: Vocational Training

    Target Beneficiary Group: Tribal and other forest dwelling communities living in and around Corbett, Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Kaziranga National Parks

    Total Beneficiaries: 3,550 individuals in five years

    States: Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Assam

    Period: 5 Years

    Name: The Corbett Foundation

    Category: Vocational Training

    States: Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Assam

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    Post forest regions being declared as National Parks, tribals and other forest dwelling communities continue to get displaced from these forests which have been their home for generations and in the process lose their main source of livelihood. This vulnerability has often led the community members to get lured into activities which are detrimental to the forests, wildlife and the communities themselves.

    The Corbett Foundation was established in 1994 with the objective of wildlife conservation through community involvement. By creating environmental awareness, developing community outreach programmes and sustainable livelihood initiatives, medical and health awareness programmes and promoting ecotourism in some of the main National Parks of India, TCF seeks to create an environment which is beneficial for both wildlife and communities living around them.

    Axis Bank Foundation works with The Corbett Foundation with the aim of creating alternate sources of livelihood and entrepreneurial opportunities for forest dependent communities in order to effectually reduce their dependence on forests. Through this programme, people are given training in various initiatives such as computer literacy, hospitality, tailoring, candle and incense-stick making, use of modern techniques of agriculture and creating products out of Bamboo and the weed Lantana. They are also supported with market and bank linkages, so that they are able to start and sustain small scale entrepreneurship.

  • DHAN Foundation

    Organisation Details:

    Name: DHAN Foundation

    Category: Agriculture

    Target Beneficiary Group: Small, marginal and landless farmers

    Total Beneficiaries: 30,000 farming families in five years

    States: Drought affected districts of Tamil Nadu

    Period:Five Years

    Name: DHAN Foundation

    Category: Agriculture

    States: Drought affected districts of Tamil Nadu

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    The proposed project region in south Tamil Nadu is a part of river basins surrounded by hills which form catchment areas. This region comprises of thousands of interlinked tanks and ponds which were used in olden days for storage, irrigation and drinking. These water bodies were maintained and managed by the local village community through a 'Kudimaramth' system by contributing voluntary 'shramdan'.

    People owned and shared the benefits from these resources collectively through a community system of management. However in the last six to seven decades, the local management of these water bodies shifted from the community to the State and the community was alienated in the process. This led to a loss of maintenance, management and sustainability of these water bodies.

    DHAN Foundation along with Axis Bank Foundation works in the region to rehabilitate and revive 750 water bodies, out which 625 tanks will be used for irrigation and 125 ponds will be used for drinking water. Along with the development of these water bodies, steps for increased agricultural productivity and livelihood enhancement through SRI, livestock development and introduction of inland fisheries are given priority. The complete rehabilitation with effective linkages among the tanks in the cascade will ensure assured water supply to all the tanks.

    Through People's Institutions, usage of these tank cascades will be promoted and the water bodies can be taken care of for generation. The revival of these tanks and ponds will help in irrigating 10,100 hectares of agricultural land, help mitigate flood and flood damages, recharge ground well and improve the condition of women fetching drinking water daily.

  • DILASA

    Organisation Details:

    Name: DILASA

    Category: Agriculture

    Target Beneficiary Group: Small and marginal farmers mainly tribals

    Total Beneficiaries: 56, 249 households in five years

    States: Vidarbha region of Maharashtra

    Period:Five Years

    Name: DILASA

    Category: Agriculture

    States: Vidarbha region of Maharashtra

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    The Vidarbha region of Maharashtra has seen a spate of farmers' suicide in recent times. Hilly terrain, erratic rainfall, soil erosion, shift from mixed cropping to mono cropping, lack of irrigation facilities or credit linkages have led the largely small and marginal farmers into a cycle of debt or large scale migration. The adoption of BT Cotton has also led to an increase in expenditure without providing a similar increase in yield or returns.

    Dilasa works towards securing the livelihood options of these small holder farmers mainly belonging to Schedule Tribes, women and children through projects that cover watershed and irrigation development, women's empowerment, agricultural research and support networks for farmers and children.

    With Axis Bank Foundation's support, Dilasa will promote the use of the innovative phad system of irrigation for soil and water conservation and management. This method uses the topography of the land and gravity to distribute water across an area. To stabilise and improve livelihood options, Dilasa promotes the use of mixed cropping system, horticulture plantation, fodder development, animal husbandry and create provision for credit through women's Self Help Groups.

  • Don Bosco Tech Society

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Don Bosco Tech Society

    Category: Vocational Training

    Target Beneficiary Group: School drop outs and unemployed youth (men and women)

    Total Beneficiaries: 49, 875 Individuals in five years

    States: Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Punjab and Tamil Nadu

    Period:Five Years

    Name: Don Bosco Tech Society

    Category: Vocational Training

    States: Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Chhattisgarh,

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    Despite high economic growth, there is an ever increasing gap between those who have access to opportunities and those who are getting increasingly marginalized in this market driven economy due to the lack of skills and opportunities. Don Bosco Tech Society, the Indian arm of Don Bosco attempts to bridge this gap and give the unemployed youth from the economically poor backgrounds, adequate skills to get a foothold in the job market.

    Through Axis Bank Foundation's support, vocational trainings and short duration courses are provided in Hospitality Services, Sales and Marketing, Nursing Care, Hardware and Networking, Electrical, Welding, Multi Skilled Technician, Construction etc. with the objective of providing the youth with job opportunities in the technical and service sector. The BASE Model (BOSCO Academy for Skills and Employment) is an integrated employment oriented training program which takes into account the increasing demand for skilled manpower in the manufacturing and service sector. The main objective of the programme is to provide employable skills to school dropouts, existing workers, IT graduates and underprivileged youth etc. Existing skills of the persons are tested and certified under the programme by ensuring that all courses and content has a minimum assessment and accreditation.

    DB Tech has knowledge tie ups with corporates like Godrej, DLF, Taj, Wellspun and ITC who provide content and training to trainers and enhance the course curriculum. Students are helped with placements in their choice of sectors. A toll free number is also set up to cater to grievances of the candidates post placement.

  • Earthy Goods Foundation Society

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Earthy Goods Foundation Society

    Category: Artisans and Craftsmen

    Target Beneficiary Group: Artisans and Craftsmen

    Total Beneficiaries: 60,000 artisans in five years

    States: Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and North East states

    Period:Five Years

    Name: Earthy Goods Foundation Society

    Category: Artisans and Craftsmen

    States: Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha,

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    The Crafts sector is considered the second largest employer after agriculture with an estimated 35 million artisans and craftsmen earning their livelihood through this. Most of these artisans work independently and have limited institutional support which minimizes their efficiency and production capacity. Due to lack of access to professional inputs, supply chain, operational skills and market linkages which makes this source of livelihood economically unviable, around 10% of the artisans shift to low skilled jobs every year.

    Earthy Goods Foundation Society works with micro-enterprises, non-governmental organisations and individual artisans with the aim to preserve traditional livelihoods that still support a lot of formal and informal jobs in the rural regions. They also help check migration by making crafts an economically viable enterprise and thereby restore dignity to these talented groups' work.

    With Axis Bank Foundation's support, a comprehensive crafts livelihood programme is being implemented through trainings and workshops on aggregation, product development and market linkages.

    a) Aggregation involves collating details of artisans and their products, creating informal networks or collectives in local regions which help them take large orders and consolidate sources for raw materials and local service providers.

    b) New products and signature lines are created for selected artisans after researching market needs and getting inputs from designers. Training are then held with the collective not just on creating these designs, maintaining quality, sourcing the raw materials but also on planning and pricing.

    c) 24-hours visible online platform (www.indianartisansonline.com) and directory will have all details of the artisans and their products. This will help the artisans and buyers like corporates and retailers to interact directly with each other thereby increasing transparency in market linkages and reducing dependency on middlemen.

  • Harsha Trust

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Harsha Trust

    Category: Agriculture

    Target Beneficiary Group: Resource poor families

    Total Beneficiaries: 50,000 households in four districts in five years

    States: Odisha

    Period:Five Years

    Name: Harsha Trust

    Category: Agriculture

    States: Odisha

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    Harsha Trust works in the remote regions of south and south west Odisha where the government schemes and services have not reached the target population and hence they are low on all developmental indices. These areas are mostly in hilly terrain and are ecologically in the early stages of deterioration. Around 70% of them are small and marginal farmers and dependent on rain fed agriculture. Landlessness is high and cropping or agriculture is done mostly for family consumption and sustenance.

    Axis Bank Foundation supports Harsha Trust's work in Rayagada, Koraput, Kalahandi and Nabrangpur districts of south Odisha. The project focuses on promoting strong community based organizations and building the capacities of the farmer members to adopt improved farm and off-farm livelihoods such as mango and cashew cultivation, cereal and vegetable cultivation, promotion of farm forestry, promotion of commercial pulpwood plantations and commercial broiler poultry farming to attain food sufficiency.

    With an integrated agricultural intervention, income is sought to be raised through various techniques and processes such as SRI, correct usage of better seeds and fertilizers and inter cropping techniques, organic pest management and usage of correct spacing in maize, pulses and millet cultivation. Quality seeds and fertilizers are made available through Cooperatives at subsidized rates. Farmers are encouraged to grow vegetables for commercial purposes and / or have wadi model of orchards which allows them to grow fruit trees like mango and cashew in 1-2 acres of land. These plantations are then used for intercropping with vegetables and pulses which in turn increases their overall income.

    Under Agro Forestry, eucalyptus trees are planted by farmers having medium land holding. The initial investment of INR 15,000 to 20,000 increases to INR 60,000 after a gestation period of four to five years. For the landless, Harsha Trust has started the goat and poultry rearing initiatives with forward and backward linkages to hatcheries, feedmill, godown and retails.

    Harsha Trust ensures that all families have access to government schemes through relevant job cards, identity cards and Aadhar cards.

  • Healing Fields Foundation

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Healing Fields Foundation

    Category: Others

    Target Beneficiary Group: Women

    Total Beneficiaries: 3,198 Community Health Facilitators in five years

    States: Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Assam

    Period:Years

    Name: Healing Fields Foundation

    Category: Others

    States: Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Assam

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    With only 1% of GDP being spent on health, public healthcare system, facilities and services are abysmally low or in shambles in India. Studies have shown that 60% of deaths related to children and 51% of deaths of adults are preventable. Around1.7 million children die before they reach the age of five and the rate of malnutrition in children is twice that of Sub-Saharan Africa and five times that of China. According to the World Health Organization, 80% of India's diarrheal diseases are the result of contamination of drinking water. According to the DLHS, there is a 10.3% shortfall of doctors and 23% of shortfall of nurses in the primary health centres (PHCs) in rural India. Only 52.7% women have access to safe or institutional deliveries in India.

    Healing Fields Foundation has done pioneering work in health financing and community health education with the aim to improve access and affordability of quality healthcare in parts of rural India. This is done through Community Health Facilitators(CHFs), primarily women who are given training on various aspects of personal health as well as the health of the community at large. By involving women from the communities, it serves the dual purpose of active involvement of the community in healthcare and also provides these women with a source of livelihood.

    Axis Bank Foundation will support the trainings of these CHFs in creating awareness about healthcare and hygiene, providing linkages to government schemes, adapting various hygienic and sanitation practices like use of toilets, washing of hands, use of sanitary napkins etc. and accessing revolving loans for healthcare through group savings etc. Through the sale of sanitary napkins and other health related products, the program aims to help these women increase their earnings by more than INR 1,000/- every month.

  • Krishi Gram Vikas Kendra

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Krishi Gram Vikas Kendra

    Category: Agriculture

    Target Beneficiary Group: Small and marginalized farmers

    Total Beneficiaries: 52,650 households in remote villages in five years

    States: Jharkhand

    Period:Five Years

    Name: Krishi Gram Vikas Kendra

    Category: Agriculture

    States: Jharkhand

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    KGVK, the CSR arm of Usha Martin Ltd., works in the remote tribal villages of Jharkhand where developmental processes have not yet reached the communities and socio-economic conditions are low. KGVK's philosophy is that livelihood cannot be brought in from outside but has to be organically grown within the community with sustainable income generating activities. KGVK's model of Total Village Management (TVM) is based on the principle of inclusive growth consisting of Eight Pillars - Natural Resource Management, Health, Education, Livelihood, Women's Empowerment, Capacity Building, Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Development.

    Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with KGVK to promote integrated development and TVM in five districts of Jharkhand. The project will focus on three key areas:

    a) On field or farm activities through increase in high value vegetable cultivation, SRI intervention and upland cultivation of orchards, plantation etc.

    b) Off farm activities like mushroom cultivation, apiculture, maintaining and managing dairy farms, goatery, piggery, poultry and fisheries.

    c) Non-farm activities like artificial jewellery making, kantha and appliqué work.

  • KSWA

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Kherwadi Social Welfare Association (KSWA)

    Category: Vocational Training

    Target Beneficiary Group: Youth from socio-economically disadvantaged communities, School drop outs

    Total Beneficiaries: 72,146 youth in 32 livelihood development centres in Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of Maharastra over five years

    States: Maharashtra

    Period:Five Years

    Name: Kherwadi Social Welfare Association (KSWA)

    Category: Vocational Training

    States: Maharashtra

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    India is a young country with more than 50% of its population under the age of 25 years which is poised to give the country a distinct demographic advantage by 2020. However, in reality only 5% of India's labour force belonging to the age group of 20-24years has adequate skills or vocational training for skills-based jobs. In comparison, the percentage of skilled labour in other industrialized countries is 60% to 96%. High school dropout rate and lack of access to skill development have led most youth especially girls from the economically weaker sections of the society to be left behind with very few job opportunities. With an increasing demand for skills based jobs, it is very important that these unemployed youth be given required skills and training to help them move up the employment ladder.

    KSWA was set up in 1928 to help economically deprived youth who have not completed school find gainful employment through skills development. Yuva Parivartan, KSWA's flagship programme has helped provide training to about 100,000 youth in the year 2011-12.

    Axis Bank Foundation is working with Yuva Parivartan in Maharshtra's least urbanized regions – Marathwada and Vidarbha with the objective of making youth employable, contribute to the family income and make them socially responsible citizens. Axis Bank Foundation supports the establishment and running costs of more than 32 centres being set up under the Hub and Spoke model. Each centre will commence with a minimum of four courses out of 16 courses which include Computer hardware, Mobile phone repairing, Nursing assistance, Tailoring, Mehendi, AC and Refrigerator repairing, Motor mechanic, Multi-skills technician, Beautician, Fashion Designing, DTP, Tally and Retailing etc. The vocational training courses will be conducted for three to six months duration.

    Basic English, Basic Computer and Life Skills Training are enabler courses offered to each student enrolled for any course at the Centre.

  • PRADAN

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN)

    Category: Agriculture

    Target Beneficiary Group: Small and marginal farmers mainly tribals

    Total Beneficiaries: 60,000 households in five years

    States: Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh

    Period:Five Years

    Name: Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN)

    Category: Agriculture

    States: Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh

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    Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are two of India's poorest states. A large proportion of its population are Scheduled Tribes who are dependent on small holder agriculture, forest produce and wage labour for income generation. The region is characterised by hilly and undulating terrain which does not support agricultural growth. Low productivity, strongly associated with rain fed single cropping is an issue that needs to be addressed for the vast majority of marginal farmers. Distress migration is high which has led to increased hardships on women especially relating to food security.

    PRADAN and Axis Bank Foundation works together to promote a comprehensive area intervention combining various approaches, appropriate technologies and livelihood prototypes. The key focus is community mobilisation and organisation around women of the villages through Self Help Groups to actualise goals. Even though women face the most marginalisation due to traditions and social inequities, they are the key factor in bringing significant changes in situation of families, local communities and social and political institutions.

    In this project, women led SHGs are formed and trained in livelihood security through natural resource management, creating and implementing comprehensive village livelihood enhancement plans, facilitate spaces for the women to be part of decision making processes and engage with local governing bodies or political institutions, access bank credit and other government schemes and deal with market linkages.

    PRADAN works to create a strong local system and able leadership through these collectives which can continue to function independently in future.

  • PREM

    Organisation Details:

    Name: People's Rural Education Movement (PREM)

    Category: Vocational Training

    Target Beneficiary Group: Socio-economically disadvantaged tribal and Dalit communities

    Total Beneficiaries: 10,025 youth and women in five districts in five years

    States: Odisha

    Period:Five Years

    Name: People's Rural Education Movement (PREM)

    Category: Vocational Training

    States: Odisha

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    Odisha remains one of the poorest states of India with a high tribal population which substantially affects its demographic and social structure. Present in remote regions and being socially and economically underprivileged, lack of livelihood options have hit the youth or current generation the most. Apart from exclusion, unemployment afflicts the youth because majority of them are not only semiliterate or undereducated but also do not possess technical/business skills for self-employment. Those who do complete higher secondary education still lack extra qualifications necessary to fulfill the market demand for skilled workers.

    The primary objectives of PREM's work in the region are to provide equitable education, improve healthcare and implement livelihood and good governance initiatives among these marginalized communities. Project PREMA in partnership with Axis Bank Foundation, addressed the issue of accessibility to vocational and value based training for young girls and boys. These trainings help them acquire skills necessary to seek skilled employment, set up enterprises of their own, take up leadership roles and introduce improved agricultural, horticultural, and animal husbandry practices in their communities. Some of these skill based trainings are Hotel Management, Computer Hardware and Software, Electronics Diploma, Nursing, Driving, Kewda Weaving, Advanced Agriculture and Village Leadership, Women's (married and adolescent) Livelihood and Leadership programs.

    Apart from technical skills, PREM also provide them with soft skills for character development like personality, attitude, social awareness and responsibility and self-confidence which help in reinforcing their cultural identity and pride.

  • Plan India

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Plan India

    Category: Others

    Target Beneficiary Group: Women who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation

    Total Beneficiaries: 35,000 women from 12 districts in five years

    States: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra

    Period:Five Years

    Name: Plan India

    Category: Others

    States: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra

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    Economic and social exclusion or impoverishment has led many women to become Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation (VOCSET). Stigma is intense especially for Women Affected by AIDS (WAA). As per a study by Gram Niyojan Kendra, funded by Ministry of Woman and Child Development, there are an estimated 2.12 million female sex workers in India; out of which nearly 75% are VOCSETs and nearly a third of the VOCSETs fall under the category of WAA. Many of these women who are rescued or escape from the trade cannot return to their family. These women lacking assets and a safety net, run the risk of getting pushed back to the trade.

    Plan India works to create alternate livelihood options, so that these women do not return to the sex trade. They also ensure that children of sex workers are given proper education and livelihood options so that the next generation does not opt or get forced into the trade.

    Axis Bank Foundation works with Plan India and four CSO partners in 12 districts of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar where the incidence of trafficking is high either as source or destination. This project uses the group approach to help rebuild lives. VOCSETs living in the same region are organized into livelihood groups and are helped to analyze their life situation, assets, household income and current options. They are then given training on various livelihood options such as vegetable vending, tailoring, milch animals etc. and technical support to start small enterprises with credit linkages which they can start as a group or individually. They are also helped with getting identity cards, job cards and adhaar cards which can be used to avail government schemes. The project aims to increase their income by 50% by the end of first year and 100% in the second year and thereafter.

  • Samaj Pragati Sahyog

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Samaj Pragati Sahyog

    Category: Agriculture

    Target Beneficiary Group: Small and marginalized farmers, Dalits, Tribals and Women

    Total Beneficiaries:47,143 households in two districts in five years

    States: Madhya Pradesh

    Period:Five Years

    Name: Samaj Pragati Sahyog

    Category: Agriculture

    States: Madhya Pradesh

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    Dewas and Khargone district in Madhya Pradesh are two of the most backward, remote, drought-prone regions of India with a high tribal population and it typifies some of the most difficult problems faced by the people in this country. Lack of water infrastructure, dependence on rain fed agriculture leading to migration and displacement due to infrastructure projects are some of the problems faced by these communities.

    SPS has been working in the region since 1990 on natural resource management, sustainable livelihoods, and women-led SHGs for micro finance to help generate higher income, check distress migration and eliminate indebtedness.

    Axis bank Foundation is working with SPS in the region to help create a crucial water infrastructure to improve the productivity of small and marginal farmers, implement a dry land agriculture package for better utilisation of the water harvested, enable better pricing of their products through crop aggregation, empower women through financial inclusion and access government schemes and entitlements to ensure Right to Food.. Their Media and Documentation team helps produce intervention specific movies for creating awareness across villages.

  • SRIJAN

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Self Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action (SRIJAN)

    Category: Agriculture

    Target Beneficiary Group: Resource poor families

    Total Beneficiaries: 46,200 households in nine districts in five years

    States:Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh

    Period:Five Years

    Name: Self Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action (SRIJAN)

    Category: Agriculture

    States: Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh

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    SRIJAN works in the tribal region of Madhya Pradesh and water deficient regions of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka with a special focus on women, Dalits and tribals who constitutes the most marginalized and disadvantaged sections of the society. These regions not only lack natural resources but also have social hierarchies which stop the poor from accessing common properties and other entitlements. SRIJAN believes in promoting self - reliance through grassroot action projects aimed at enhancing livelihood, SHG Federations, natural resource management and advocate for pro-poor policies.

    In partnership with SRIJAN, Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Sir Dorabjee Tata Trust, Bunge and the Government of Rajasthan, Axis Bank Foundation aims to promote the formation of Cooperatives and SHGs, enhance food security by increasing farm productivity of staple crops, livelihood promotion through agriculture, dairy and horticulture in four districts of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and one district of Chhattisgarh.

    SRIJAN works on the principle of strengthening Self Help Groups on various techniques and parameters. These SHGs are linked to banks, Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies and other financial institutions. The two key Federations formed by a cluster of SHGs are Maitree, a dairy federation and Samriddhi, a federation for the Soya programme. Communities are also made aware of various schemes under national and state government which they can access such as MGNREGA, Public Distribution System, Janani Suraksha Yojana, National Horticulture Program, National Rural Livelihood Mission etc.

    Farm ponds are built under MGNREGA and other schemes to conserve water and use it for irrigation. Training is given to farmers on organic farming and SRI method for growing paddy. Vegetable and fruit farming is encouraged to increase the income of the families. Under the Livestock Enhancement Programme, each family with two milch animals will be included and 40 new milk collection centers will be opened. Pashu Sakhis or women para-vets are trained to treat livestock.