Integrated Sustainable Community Development Project (ISCDP)
Integrated Sustainable Community Development Project has been implemented with the financial support of Misereor, Germany in seven districts of Assam (Baksa, Darrang, Goalpara, Kamrup, West Karbi Anglong, Sonitpur and Udalguri districts) and one district of Meghalaya (West Garo Hills) covering 177 villages of the two states. It aims in creating improvement in the standard of living of the people, particularly of women, in the selected project area by strengthening the socio-economic capacities of the people, their organizations (Self Help Groups, Cluster Level Federations and Block Level Federations) and optimum utilization of their resources.
It has involved 604 Self Help Groups (SHGs) with 6585 members in various project activities. 37 Cluster Level Federations comprising 431 member SHGs and 13 BLFs comprising 31 CLFs has been formed. 21 Turmeric Cluster, 19 Goatery Clusters, Six Dairy Clusters, 22 Piggery Clusters, Eight Food Processing Clusters, Six Handloom Clusters, and One Bamboo Craft Clusters are involved in collective production and marketing of products while 2062 SHG members are involved in collective production, especially turmeric cultivation and goatery. 1169 SHG members have started their own small enterprise on piggery, dairy and various non-farm products and services out of which 531 have already started generating regular income of approximately INR 3000 per month.
Awareness Programme on Various Issues of the Tea Tribes Community of Assam
The ‘Awareness Programme on child/human trafficking, family planning, legal awareness, health, etc.,’ for the financial year 2017-18 covering 25 numbers of Tea Garden Labour Line in Dimakuchi Tea Garden, Udalguri district is implemented with the support of Directorate for Welfare of Tea and Ex-Tea Garden Tribes, Govt of Assam. It focused on women folk, youth and school children in different labour line of the tea garden.
Various activities and programmes conducted includes district level stakeholders meeting, street play/puppet show/cultural programme, screening of film shows (on education, health, hygiene, social issues), group/community meetings, (FGDs), IPC (by members of Mother’s Group/Adolescent Girls’ Groups/Youth Groups), school programme, formation/strengthening of Mother’s Group/Adolescent Girls’ Groups/Youth Groups and regular meetings of groups, Labour lines/habitations/villages cleanliness Campaign by community, and Printing of pictorial leaflets. The project achieved to disseminate the awareness far and wide among the people through the formation of 16 Mother’s Group and 12 Youth Groups in 25 labour lines of Dimakuchi Tea Estate.
SFURTI-Balijana Dress Making and Handicraft Cluster, Goalpara
The project SFURTI – Balijana Dress Making and Handicraft Cluster, Goalpara is implemented through Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), Guwahati. It is an initiative of Ministry of MSME to promote Cluster development and to organised the traditional industries and artisans into clusters to make them competitive and provide support for their long term sustainability and economy of scale.
It is implemented in selected six villages with 250 weavers and artisans (161 are female households’ members and only 89 are male) who belongs to the Scheduled Tribe Rabha Community. The weavers and artisans under Balijana Dress Making and Handicraft Cluster are experts producing the items like – dokhona, mekhela, gamosa, bihuan and maflore, urna / chador, shawl, dakbanda, mugamekhela and chador, ladies jacket, bag, bamboo mat, other bamboo furniture and decorative items.
Promotion and Linkage of JLG
Promotion and Linkages of Joint Liability Groups (JLG) Project is implemented in Goalpara district with the financial support of NABARD Assam to bring better health and socio-economic development to the rural section of the society. JLG is a group of 4-10 people of same village/locality of homogenous nature and of same socio-economic background who mutually come together to form a group for the purpose of availing loan from a bank without any collateral. The project will enable JLG to provide credit to small and marginal farmers, tenant farmers, oral lessee, landless labourers and artisans, providing collateral free loan to groups, build confidence between groups and banks, to mitigate the credit risk by way of group dynamics, peer pressure, credit discipline and cluster approach, and to provide self-employment and increase production of agricultural products.
Through this project 50 Joint Liability Groups was formed, linked with banks, and benefited credit linkage of INR 5220000 as loan for piggery and the rate of loan recovery is 56%.