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RURAL ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The Rural Entrepreneurship Development Program (REDP) was conceived as a means to encourage self employment among the youth and women of the surrounding community. This program aims to develop entrepreneurship qualities and skills in rural community and guide them initiate productive enterprises.

Objectives
  1. Increase technical knowhow and skill of the target community groups in both the farm and nonfarm sectors.
  2. Create opportunity for income generation and livelihood through promotion of entrepreneurship by enhancing management skills of the target community especially the socially backward communities of the region.
  3. Enhance organizational capacity of the community partners through promotion of the income generating outlets and service delivery points.

This program was initiated in 2003 as a strategic step for training in livelihood generation. The program has found wide acceptance in the community. Besides helping out individual entrepreneurs to either set up new enterprises or to improve existing businesses, the program has also spurred the self-help group (SHG) members, into utilizing their “idle” savings for investing in enterprises. Select members of the SHGs are directed to the REDP program so as to encourage them to start their own enterprises and thereby, become self reliant.

Process
  • Conducting need assessment survey
  • Conducting awareness programs
  • Selection of entrepreneurs
  • Month long business orientation training
  • Bank linkage
  • Process of enterprise formation
  • Follow-ups
  • Solution to obstacles, problems and failures

The objective of orientation program is to help these budding entrepreneurs in product identification, gaining general business skills, bank / financial linkage, raw material sourcing and marketing. In addition to general REDP training programs, programs targeting specific trades are also taken up. Some of these include:

Establishment of Rexene bag manufacturing unit:

This unit was established at GIDC building, Arambadha with GRIMCO (Gujarat Rural Industries Marketing Corporation). 50 women who are part of this business unit belong to the socially disadvantaged class. They were provided training in rexene bag manufacturing.

Photo lamination training at Mithapur:

This training program was co-sponsored by Gram Technology. A two month long training program included both general REDP and technical training. In the first year, 25 youth were trained. Seeing the success of the first training program, another batch of 25 youth took the training.

Soft toys making at Mithapur:

Training in soft toy making was another skill which was imparted to 25 youth.

Paper products making at Mithapur-

Training in paper products was organized with the financial & technical support from Gram Technology-Gandhinagar. 25 youth/housewives were trained under this program.

Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp (EAC) at Babrala

TCSRD Babrala with the support of Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahemdabad under DST -NIMAT project conducted four EAC in Govt. Science and Technology Institute of Chandausi, Moradabad and Badaun. The camp was organized to develop the entrepreneurship skills of 300 students. It targeted the youth who were pursuing technical studies through ITIs and makes them aware about entrepreneurship as an alternate route for livelihood.

Fifteen days entrepreneurship development program in collaboration with MSME, Agra was also conducted for 30 youths. 5 persons got self employment credit card and one SHG has been also formed as a result of the course.

Honey Production:

The members of one SHG went through the training conducted by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ujhani- expert in Bee – Keeping. After the workshop, the members of this SHG started their own enterprise. The TCSRD staff helped them in purchasing the raw materials. The members took a loan of Rs 50,000 from the group to start this business. In two months time the group was able to sell 100 kg of pure honey for Rs 15000/-

Outcome

Outcomes of programs relate both to actual increase in household income and the increase in empowerment. Some of these are:

  • Increase in the confidence level while dealing with the financial issues.
  • Increase in individual savings leading to financial security
  • Increase in banking knowledge
  • Collaboration with government training programs of NABARD, GRIMCO, Gujari, and non organizations like Dalit Shakti Kendra
  • 105 training programs have been conducted across location covering 62 villages wherein around 3500 people have undergone this training program.
  • 85 people have set up their own enterprise.
  • Many others are involved in group enterprises.
Way Forward
  • TCSRD envisage to become an entrepreneur training resource centre
  • Identifying needs and motivating potential persons to upgrade their technical, entrepreneurial skill so that they are able to improve their family income.
  • Targeting sustainability through livelihood program.
  • Focus on more livelihood training programme & employment generation.
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