Livelihoods

Entrepreneurship

Strengthening Civil Society Organizations towards Fostering Women Empowerment in Eastern Uttar Pradesh, India

The 'Strengthening Civil Society Organizations towards Fostering Women Empowerment in Eastern Uttar Pradesh, India' aims at addressing the gaps that hamper the progress of women especially the women farmers, and foster their empowerment through the local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).

ChildFund in India with the support of Barnfonden, a Swedish NGO, and the grant provided by the European Union (EU) will support and strengthen 10 selected Civil Society Organizations (CSO) to empower over 15,000 marginalized women farmers in 10 districts of Eastern Uttar Pradesh (UP) in climate-resilient agriculture, by December 2022, Additionally, the project aims to help them achieve their rights, emerge as skilled and independent business entrepreneurs to create sustainable livelihoods and enhance the power of their collectives to strengthen and transform communities.

Overall the project promotes women's economic and social rights and empowerment and works towards enhancing women's voice, leadership, and participation in social and economic life, promoting gender to improve access to resources and guarantee equal rights, strengthening capacities CSOs for undertaking policy dialogue with decision-makers to enhance women's participation, increasing women’s participation in the climate change agenda and promoting trilateral cooperation on the above issues through the engagement of Indian CSOs with CSOs in Africa.

The project directly contributes to SDGs 1 (No Poverty), SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities), and SDG 13 (Climate Action).

Women Holistic Empowerment and Enhanced Livelihood (WHEEL)

ChildFund India, with the initial support of Grameen Impact Investments India, had launched the Women Holistic Empowerment and Enhanced Livelihood (WHEEL) impact bond –the world’s first domestically funded sustainable development goals bond (SDG bond) under the Grameen Outcome Accelerated Lending (GOAL) impact bond series.

The WHEEL impact bond worked towards helping marginalized tribal women in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh to become self‐reliant and empowered by training them to become poultry farmers (micro‐entrepreneurs), to enhance their average annual net income. In addition, the project also aimed to alleviate food insecurity and nutrition deficiency.

The project supported 1,000 beneficiaries with poultry, poultry feed, medicines, and building poultry sheds. Additionally, the beneficiaries received training on poultry farming and management and were linked to Poultry Producer Companies (PPC). We saw a significant increase in the income of the beneficiaries!

Based on the successful outcomes of the WHEEL Impact Bond, HSBC returned the initial investment of Grameen Impact Investments India. Furthermore, HSBC has now funded a 2-year-long WHEEL project which is targeting 2,000 tribal women in the same regions.

The project directly contributes to SDGs 1 (No Poverty), SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), and SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities)

Poultry for Profit

The Poultry for Profit project aimed to equip Below Poverty Line (BPL) tribal women, between the age of 18-40 years from 10 villages of Dhar District, Madhya Pradesh with entrepreneurship, and financial inclusion skills to create an alternate source of livelihood from poultry farming. Additionally, the project aimed to bridge current gaps between demand and supply by training women in economically viable technology and methods in poultry management.

With the support of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), between March 2019 to August 2020, ChildFund in India empowered and supported 270 women with Poultry sheds and distributed 20,250 chicks.

The 17-month-long project included Community mobilization and selection of Women beneficiaries for practicing poultry farming; Training on Poultry management; Construction of Poultry sheds and provision of chicks to the beneficiaries; Formation of linkage to the Poultry producer company (PPC) and Establishing Market linkages for generating incomes.

The project directly contributes to SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), and SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities).

Poverty to Prosperity (P2P) project

The Poverty to Prosperity project was implemented in selected districts in Madhya Pradesh to enable 1000 women to become entrepreneurs with skills, infrastructure, and knowledge. Starting off with one chicken shed and 100 chickens, each woman is earning close to Rs. 4000 a month. At least 800 of them now have access to financial services as they have a bank account in their names. To support these 1000 entrepreneurs, “Sramadha Adiwasi Mahila Murgi Paalan Producer Company Private Limited” was also been established.

The project directly contributes to SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), and SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities).

Employment

eSaksham – Project

ChildFund India with support from the State Street Foundation implements the E-Saksham project amongst youth in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Mumbai to equip them with skills that would enable them to find gainful employment and act as agents of positive change in the community.

The key interventions of this project are Setting up of Youth Resource Centre (Employment Hub) within the community; Initiate English communication and Career Guidance courses; Organize Basic computer training courses; Organize Life skills and soft skills training programs, etc. In addition, the youth are also provided with trainings on entrepreneurship and vocation and civic engagement and leadership; the project also provides caregiver security which helps caregivers improve their livelihood security so that they have sufficient resources to devote to their children.

In addition, under the project, ChildFund coordinates community-level seminars for networking and exposure and has set up libraries for the youth. The project will last till September 2021.

The project directly contributes to SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), and SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities).

Swabalamban -Self-reliance Redefined Project

Swabalamban -Self-reliance Redefined Project was funded by ACCIONA, a Spanish multinational conglomerate, from April 2019 to March 2020.

The project was running in 12 selected villages in 3 districts of Karnataka, in order to help youth and women adapt to the changing demands of the labor market. Under the project, Youth Resource centers (YRCs) were established where community youth members were provided training on beautician courses, spoken English, Computers, 4-wheeler driving, organic farming, tailoring, etc. to increase access to job markets and capacitating youths by developing their leadership skills.

By the end of one year, two Youth Resource Centers (YRCs) are operational. More than 250 youths were successfully enrolled in various vocational and entrepreneurship skill training and 171 youths have been self-employed.

The project directly contributes to SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), and SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities).