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CSR Project By:  Axis Bank

Project Budget: INR 1.09 Cr


Sustainable Livelihood CSR Project of Axis Bank Foundation

Project

Sustainable Livelihood CSR Project of Axis Bank Foundation  (2014-15)

 
 
Project Sector  : Eradication Hunger, Poverty, Malnutrition
 
 
Implementing Partners:  Not Available
 
 

Project Description

Axis Bank Foundation Livelihood Programme in some of the poorest districts of the country aims to impart positive change in people's lives by providing direct solutions to these issues. ABF's partners work in some of the most socio-economic backward states to help improve irrigation through rain water harvesting, make various government schemes accessible, create market linkages and opportunities for small enterprises and provide credit linkages with banks. Through these interventions, the foundation seeks to create systems and opportunities which will ultimately lead to employability, better income generation and self-sustenance.

With focus on Livelihood Programme, ABF aims to provide one million people with sustainable livelihood options by 2017.

The Livelihood Programme is now being implemented in 26 states and 239 districts of the country through 23 partners. The aim is to provide one million people with sustainable livelihood options by 2017 and an increase in income by 50% from the baseline.

Till date, livelihood programmes have successfully reached out to 3,67,646 beneficiaries across the country. Under partner supported interventions, 16,238 Self Help Groups and Joint Liability Groups were formed of which 13,937 have linkages with various Banks with borrowings to the tune of Rs. 86 Cr. and savings to the tune of Rs. 49 Cr.

Agriculture

The initiatives under this category were formed primarily to help provide small scale farmers and women with forward and backward linkages to farming. These include

  • Building their capacities and training them on various techniques for improving irrigation through check dams, rain water harvesting etc and soil conservation
  • Provide the farmers with local and better quality seeds and encourage them to apply organic methods to farming
  • Form or strengthen women’s Self Help Group to encourage saving and enhance their lending power
  • Leverage existing government schemes like MGNREGA, PDS, ICDS etc to enhance their livelihood opportunities and food security
  • Create market linkages through formation of cooperatives and eliminating middlemen   
  • Improve livestock maintenance based on the natural availability of fodder in the region

This programme seeks to make agriculture an economically viable occupation and hence stop migration of communities to other areas. Through interventions which create a better system of water infrastructure and management and empower the community to strengthen the livelihood process, ABF endeavors to economically uplift them and help increase their food security.

Cooperatives

Due to the presence of an often strong and over bearing nexus of middlemen and agents, most farmers especially the small holder farmers are regularly cheated out of a good return for their produce. Cheating can take many forms including difference in weights, no usage of electronic scale and / or reduced rates of crops and vegetables on the parameter of its quality.

This programme helps to create a system of aggregation at each level in order to eliminate the middlemen nexus, improve direct market linkages, get better price for the produce and also create transparency in buying and selling. In this system, the bedrock of the work is the creation of cooperatives which are formed by farmers at the village level. Similarly, a group of Cooperatives form a Federation at the district level who in turn sell the produce to institutional buyers. The cooperatives work together with a common goal of increasing farm income for all the farmers.


Artisans and Craftsmen

The art and crafts sector is believed to be the second largest employer with more than 200 million artisans and craftsmen (unofficial numbers) earning their livelihood through this. However, due to the lack of connect with market needs, middlemen nexus, low payment for their handiwork and also caste hierarchy which leads to devaluation of their work, every year there is a huge shift from this sector to low skilled jobs.

Initiatives under this programme bring together various artisans and craftsmen from remote regions of India and provide them with a platform which eliminates the middlemen and gets connected with the market directly.

 
 
Project Location:   West Bengal, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Nagaland, Tripura, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra,
 
 

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