Self Help Groups (SHGs)
Adani Foundation continues to promote, nurture and capacitate a number of Self Help Groups for Women/Youth/Senior citizen and inculcate a savings habit. Continuous efforts are undertaken for the capacity building of these SHGs, to increase their ability to function independently with minimum support from outside. These SHGs are formed with the objective of empowering local communities which will enable them to take decisions concerning their own economic development. The groups are trained on planning, book keeping, financial management and conflict management. Regular trainings and exposure visits to other SHG initiatives are undertaken to encourage self-reliance and sustainability.
A one-time economic support has been provided to marginalised groups like widows, persons with disability, and fisher folk community, in the form of seed money or one-time equipment/material support. The amount ranges up to Rs. 10,000 and is used to either complement or to initiate an income generating avenue. Support is also given to both individuals and/or a group of individuals to undertake some economically viable income generating activity. Individuals have received support for buying hand carts for selling vegetables, to stock up their shops, for poultry farming, buying livestock, setting up a flour mill etc. Under the group income generating activity, support has been extended to set up Fat Testing Machine in the Milk Cooperatives, to start vermi-composting units managed by women SHGs, chapatti-making units to cater to the Adani canteens and so on.
Women Empowerment Training Programme in Coordination with VRTI- Vivekananda Research and Training Institute has been started for two groups - Training for preparing washing powder, phenyl, soap, shampoo, gel, tile cleaner and many more usable items. An apt example here would be the Saheli Udyog. Adani Foundation had started a training programme with two major women group of Mundra region. 9 Mahila groups and 100 women is making effort to sustain Saheli, (100 women in total) post completing their training on preparing washing powder, phenyl, liquid for cleaning utensils and hand wash etc., have now started a shop at Shantivan Colony, Mundra in the name of “Saheli Mahila Gruh Udyog” and are churning profits.
Support to Traditional Artisan in Mundra
Adani Foundation facilitates the artisans by imparting them with technical training to upgrade their skills and contemporize the traditional motifs for increased market acceptability.
A great range of ethnic communities live in the Kutch region, most maintaining traditional dress and crafts of many sorts, including weaving, dyeing, printing, bandhani (tie-dye), embroidery, leather work, pottery, woodwork, and metalwork. Originally, the crafts were integrated into the local social systems. However, over a few decades, the traditional crafts have experienced a sea-change. Commercialization and consumerism have taken a toll on traditional craft forms. To preserve and sustain the unique craft forms of the region, the Foundation facilitates the artisans to be technically trained to upgrade their skills and contemporize the traditional motifs for increased market acceptability.
There are two women groups- one from Suvali village of Hazira, Gujarat, (members from five different sakhi mandal); and another one from Rajgiri village of the region. Post experimenting with various income generating activities facilitated by Adani Foundation, they ventured into Upahar. Upahar is a meal service for truck drivers which has now expanded to running a canteen at Adani House in Hazira. The women with the help of Adani Foundation have undergone all the training and hand holding for planning, budgeting and handling ups-downs/risk management just like an enterprise and are now, flourishing. The project is now reaching out to 100 truckers daily.
Various SHGs have been formed in Dhamra for women to provide them income generating trainings such as paddy crafts, agarbatti, papad making etc. and linke them with various organizations for marketing of their products. A few women of Kaithakhola G.P. have been trained and supported for making handicraft items using paddy crop. Their SHG has been linked with a local NGO for marketing of the items. Another 30 women of Amarnagar village in Dosinga G.P. have also been trained and supported for agarbatti making. Their SHG has been linked with Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society (ORMAS) for raw material support and marketing of their products. Another 15 women of Sushiladeipur and Rambhila areas have been trained and supported for making ‘badi & papad’. They have also been linked with ORMAS.
With day to day interaction, monitoring and motivation, Adani Foundation has built Nine Self-Help Groups to act as per government’s Sustainable Rural and Livelihood Mission (SRLM) scheme. To build capacity of all members of SHGs, training programs of SRLM have been organized at village level. Further, numerous exposure visits have been organized for the SHGs. Various other SHGs have also been engaged in other income generating activities & conducting health camps etc.
Adani Foundation has further organized 30 members of 3 Women Self Help Groups (SHGs) from Parsa and Salhi villages of Surguja, Chhattisgarh to undergo a skill development training on tailoring & stitching under Project Unnayan; and then start their own small apparel enterprises for commercial production of school uniforms and women apparels. Out of the 30 trained women, 16 women SHG members emerged as skilled entrepreneurs who began their own enterprise by conducting an exhibition of their stitched items on July 20, 2016 at the Adani Foundation run Vocational Training Centre (VTC) in the Parsa mines site. Further to the success of the initial training, the project has recently roped in 30 more women from Basen, another village of the area, and at present, around 60 women are now engaged in the stitching work of the school uniforms of the periphery schools including that of Adani Vidya Mandir, Surguja. Indeed, there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women!
Other Sustainable Livelihood initiatives
The Foundation extends livelihood support to the fisherfolk community along the coastal zones in Mundra, Dahej and Hazira.
Prosperours Farmers, Happy Nation. Various projects to increase farm yield and improve quality of life for farmers.
Livestock farming made simpler with health camps for cattle, feed and training for better livestock management.
Biogas Construction Programme
Adani Foundation with its holistic understanding of people’s needs has been successful in coming up with the construction of biogas plants focusing mainly on reducing women’s overall work load.