Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana, Rajasthan


A Consortium Project

To empower 25,500 women farmers (SHG members) in 450 villages, 7 districts in Rajasthan

Centre for microFinance (CmF), Jaipur as a lead agency and six consortium partners are implementing MKSP project titled “Empowering women farmers through agriculture based livelihoods in Rajasthan”. MKSP is a sub component of National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) and it is supported by Ministry of Rural Development (Government of India) and Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Mumbai.




• People’s Education and Development Organization (PEDO)-Dungarpur:

Jan Shiksha Evam Vikas Samiti (PEDO), registered in 1986, is actively involved in community organization and mobilization, the identification and promotion of participatory development programs, and skills enhancement and capacity building for the communities. Its efforts are concentrated on: (a) women's empowerment through micro-credit; (b) environmental improvements through natural resource management; (c) promotion of primary education; (d) strengthening Panchayat Raj institution; and (e) rural housing. PEDO's operational area is primarily the blocks of Bichhiwara, Simalwara, Aspur and Sagwara in Dungarpur district, as well as villages located in adjoining Banswara and Udaipur districts.

• Ibtada-Alwar:

Ibtada was founded in 1997 in Alwar by a group of development professionals, initiating work on girl child education and addressing women development through microfinance in the Mewat region. Over the years, both these programmes have grown substantially and successfully. The girl child education programme reaches out to 3,345 girls annually (Classes I-V) enrolled in 121 learning Centre’s (Taleemshalas) run by Ibtada. Its SHG programme covers more than 85,00 women, organized in above 850 Self-Help Groups across 4 blocks of Alwar i.e. Umren, Ramgarh, Laxmangarh, and Thanagazi. Ibtada’s commitment to work with the poor in a given geographical area on a long term basis, coupled with the approach of community involvement through building quality institutions, have been instrumental in sustaining impact of interventions.

• Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN)-Dholpur:

Established in 1983, PRADAN works to enhance access to sustainable income generation opportunities among poor and marginalized communities through an approach of capacity building and facilitating linkages with mainstream agencies such as banks, markets and government welfare programmes. PRADAN covers more than 200,000 rural poor families across eight states. PRADAN has a team of over 400 highly qualified and motivated young professionals working in the remotest villages of the country. In Dholpur project, PRADAN has implemented DPIP from 2002 to 2007 partly supported by SRTT. This project’s focus has been to promote rural livelihoods and support income generation activities suitable to the local conditions targeting specially the women farmers. Pradan in Dholpur is working in 3 blocks i.e. Dholpur, Bari and Baseri, with about 1000 SHGs, three registered federations. Pradan in Dholpur also promoted a producer company “Apni Saheli producer” around dairy governed by SHG women.

• Self-Reliant Initiatives for Joint action (SRIJAN)-Tonk, Bundi:

Established in 2000, Self-Reliant Initiatives for Joint Action (SRIJAN) is working for income enhancement of over 25,000 rural poor families in the three states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka through water resource development and livelihood promotion (mainly dairy, horticulture and agriculture). Testimony for SRIJAN’s quality of field implementation and the proposed project was witnessed in December 2009 when the Government of Rajasthan selected the SRIJAN field area in Tonk for the visit of World Bank President, Mr. Robert Zoellick, who, after visiting the project locations, recommended the state government to replicate the livelihood model and approach of SRIJAN in Tonk in the next phase of the World Bank development project in Rajasthan.

Srijan is working in Tonk, Bundi and Pali districts in Rajasthan. Srijan also promoted Producer Company “Matri Mahila Dairy & Agriculture producer co. ltd” governed by SHG Women.

• Saheli Samiti, Dausa:

Saheli Samiti, Dausa is community institution, women SHG Federation, registered under Rajasthan Public Trust Rules, 1962 in September 2007. This institution was promoted by Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN), under the Trust supported project during 2005-08. PRADAN was implementing the District Poverty Initiative Project (DPIP) funded by World Bank and Government of Rajasthan. Groups promoted by PRADAN were linked to livelihoods such as goat rearing and dairying, the Federation was providing extension services to strength the activities of members. PRADAN decided to wind up their operation in Dausa, during March 2008 as their strategy focused only on the tribal belt. During this period discussion was held with Ibtada, Alwar (one of SSV partners) for providing technical and handholding support. Ibtada established its team for providing required support to the federation but within a period of 6 months, they too decided to withdraw due to lack of sufficient senior staff to support this new location. After Ibtada withdrawal, Saheli Samiti is managing its business with support of Zebul Nisha, Advisor Saheli Samiti; she is associated with Institution from its genesis. Centre for Microfinance (CMF), Jaipur had extended support to Saheli Samiti during the period of March 2009 to February 2010 and October 2010-April 2011 for strengthening the capacity of SHG and women leaders.CmF then conward continued to support technically and financially to Saheli Samiti, Dausa. Saheli Samiti is working in Dausa block with over 170 SHGs.

• Grameen Development Services (GDS)-Ajmer:

Grameen Development Services (GDS), Lucknow, was founded in 1993 to create alternative and sustainable systems of livelihood for the poor and disadvantaged leading to their economic and social empowerment. Promotion of people’s institutions to sustain the interventions in agriculture, disaster preparedness and small-ruminant based livelihoods is one of the key strategies. Through its field interventions, GDS reaches to 25,000 poor families in 17 blocks in six districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bundelkhand, north Bihar and one block of Ajmer in Rajasthan. GDS has a team of above 50 members spread across eight offices in the project locations. It is supported by donors such as Oxfam Novib, America India Foundation, Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and DFID-PACS programme.GDS intervention in Jawaja block is supported through the Trust under SSV. Centre for microfinance (CMF), Jaipur is the nodal agency for the both the previous and present phase of the project supported the SRTT in Rajasthan.



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