CmF was conceptualized as a resource agency for development of
quality institutions and strong livelihoods in Rajasthan. CmF
supports building self-sustainable people's institution,
facilitating linkages with formal financial institutions for
livelihood development, comprehensive risk mitigation through
micro insurance, access of poor to social security schemes,
community based mutual and building livelihoods around sustainable
agriculture, animal husbandry and non-farm sector.
CmF has developed the off line and online SHG MIS software with comprehensive analytical reports to measure performance of SHGs is being used by the state government in Western Rajasthan and by NGOs in other states.
CmF has given sector a package of resource materials for the capacity building
of SHG institutions and livelihood farmers. The training resources
- Saksham, Aadhar, Disha, Samiksha and Manthan are widely used by
government and NGOs for SHG capacity building. Livelihood resource
material such as package of practices, disease controland so on.
As resource organization CmF has extended its technical support
for implementation of different programmes in the state of
Sakh se Vikas (SSV): The Sakh se Vikas
initiative is seeded by Tata Trusts in 2003, CmF is the nodal
agency to provide technical support since 2007. Major highlights
of the programme are:
- High investment in capacity building of SHGs and Federations
- Focus on operational cost coverage by SHG members for sustainability
- Building linkages with banks for credit
As the nodal agency of the SSV, CmF in its initial years focused on facilitating bank linkages for SHGs promoted under SSV. Bankers' orientation programmes in respective project districts and one to one dialogues with banks were undertaken to convince bankers' of the quality of SHGs under SSV and enable credit linkages. CmF also took the lead in facilitating cross-learning on best practices among federations and streamlining processes of SHG audit and self-grading, business planning etc.
Learnings and best practices emerging from the SSV initiatives are scaled up by collaborating with the State Government under special poverty alleviation programmes like MPoWeR, NRLM and RRLP ETC. With NRLM taking the lead nationally in SHG programmes, most SSV federations have now forged partnership with NRLM& expended SHG membership to saturate their villages.
Mitigating Poverty in Western Rajasthan (MPoWeR): MPoWeR is a
special poverty alleviation project of the Rajasthan Government in
the six most backward blocks of six western districts of
Rajasthan. The project is supported by International Fund for
Agriculture Development (IFAD), State Government and Tata Trusts.
CmF helped design and implement agriculture and goat based
livelihoods through adopting a cluster based approach which has
been scaled up to benefit over 44,000 families.
Livelihood Promotion with Self Help Group: After successful
completion of Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Priyojna (MKSP), with
partnership of State Rural Livelihood Mission- RGAVP, CmF has
initiated livelihood promotion of 14 project blocks of MKSP and 6
other blocks with a focus on enabling 50,000 SHG members to adopt
improved agriculture practices. Value addition through processing
and collective marketing is also a key component.