ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SKILL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING (EDP)
In 1996, Women were trained in income generating projects and taught how to save. In 2006 Self Help Groups of women and men were trained as entrepreneurs. They were trained in forty five vocational trades. As our self help group members have proved their credibility, national banks are offering loans to other members to start their own businesses. To date we have: Entrepreneurship Development Training is imparted to the women who are eager to start such micro-enterprises with the financial Assistance of Accenture Sponsored MEDP Programme from EDII Bangalore SMIDS started training programmer. SMIDS staff members are providing effective guidance and facilitation to the women to be successful in their initiative. Marketing linkages arranged for the entrepreneurs to sell their finished products.
- 11219 women self-help group projects
- 2185 men self-help group projects.
INDUSTRIAL MOTIVATIONAL CAMPAIGN (IMC-C)
Industrial Motivational Campaign is conducted for creating awareness about self employment opportunities for educated unemployed youth as well as the student of ITI, Polytechnic, Engineering and Management Institutions of the State. The duration of this programme is one day only.
The main objective of this programme is to motivate the young unemployed youth for their self-employment. During the programme various projects which have potential in particular district are also discussed with the interested participants. The officers of MSME-DI use to explain the topics like MSME-DI activities, quality of entrepreneur, risk taking capacity, Ideas converting into business and strategies for launching new product in the market. The officers from various departments of Central & State Govt. is also invited to explain the activities of their department for the development of Micro & Small Enterprises. This Training was conducted in various locations.
CAPACITY BUILDING TRAINING FOR THE SHG LEADERS
SHGs are found very effective in promoting resourcefulness among the rural poor people and to promote micro-enterprises among them. Self-Help Groups formed by SMIDS were in the pre-school stage on matters of development. SHGs were providing a platform for them to come together and mobilize their savings in it. SMIDS was very much eager to orient the SHG leaders with appropriate management skills and techniques which will help them to provide effective leadership to their Self-Help Groups. This calls for orienting the leaders and members with social orientation and help them to develop proper systems to manage their group resources. We have organized 40 capacity building programmes for the SHG leaders under this project. Given below are the details of the capacity building trainings organized under this project.
These interventions promote collective ownership, decision-making and catalyse collective action for sustainable development.
The community drives the social, economic and ecological transformation processes in their respective villages to bring about change in quality of life. Dedicated leaders are cultivated to sustain the momentum of change. Women are empowered to be financially self-reliant and become catalysts for socio-economic change in the village. The programme has built and strengthened more than 150 village level community-based organisations and mentored 3 Farmer Producer Organisation (FPO).
There was on an average 30 participants per training. From each Self-Help Group president, secretary and treasurer participated in the training. The duration of the training was of 3 days. It was a non-residential programme. Qualified and experienced persons associated with NGOs were the resource persons for the training. Sessions were conducted in an interactive manner to keep alive the interest of the participants in the trainings. Lecture, Group dynamics, group games, group discussions were the methodology used for the training. Resource persons were very down to earth people who conducted the sessions in a very effective manner.
Topics like importance of Self-Help Groups in rural development, Collective leadership, Transparency in fund management, Need for collective action, problem identification and decision making, networking with others were the main topics discussed during the training. Resource persons highlighted the benefit of working in Self-Help Groups and how effective SHG in empowering the rural poor. SHGs provide a platform for the villagers to develop their inborn talents and help them to free themselves from the clutches of the moneylenders. Resources persons shared the importance of transparency in managing the group funds. By effectively revolving their group savings they can achieve self-sufficiency. Conscious efforts have been taken by the resource persons to orient the SHG leaders with social outlook. SHG leaders were motivated to identify social issues/problems, which are hindering their development and plan collective actions to solve/reduce such issue. Need for networking with other like-minded organizations/individuals in dealing social/community issues were also discussed during these capacity building programmes.
The capacity building training programme was found very effective in equipping the competence of the SHG leaders in managing their respective SHGs. They have gained considerable insight about people’s Organization (Self-Help Groups) and importance of orienting its members with social outlook. We have noticed qualitative changes in the leadership capacities of the SHG leaders who have undergone the capacity building training. Mrs. Silochana a participant of the capacity building programme organized at Mothiramala said “the capacity building training programme was much beneficial for me to know more about Self-Help Group and to understand my role as SHG leader. Further I learned that SHGs can provide effective leadership to the community in solving social/community problems”.