Women’s Participation in livelihood activities& transfer of knowledge/skills

Our goal in this area is to-
  • a. Improve livelihood opportunities for socially and economically backward women
  • b. Develop skills of women to undertake new livelihood activities and improve existing ones
  • c. strengthen development of women community/self help group leaders, for active participation in political processes for inclusion of their livelihood activities for support and sustenance
  • d. improve women’s access to assets and resources
  • e. promote sustainable and environment friendly livelihood opportunities
Livelihood Activities done in 2017-18

We initiated our livelihoods activities in South 24 Parganas, in 2 Gram PanchayatsDakshin Gangadharpur and Sreenarayanpr Purnachandrapur GP. The activities undertaken includes- mushroom cultivation, vermicompost production, nursery, incense making, stitching and embroidery.

Toilet construction in 100 households by the women’s cluster initiative was supported by the Gram Panchayat for the first time in Dakshin Gangadharpur GP.

  • 138 women took training on mushroom production (two varieties) and produced 74.6 kgs of mushroom. Even though only 4 women sold the mushroom at an average of Rs. 180-200 per kg, most women used the mushroom for consumption and distribution.
  • As a result of this, 90% women have submitted plans to the cluster (self help group conglomeration at the GP level) for oyster mushroom production in winter 2018, with 40% showing interest in developing a business plan. For marketing, collaboration has been made with the local Co-operative Bank who has offered to buy the mushrooms produced under ‘Sufala Scheme’ in the near future for distribution of office messes.
  • It was also very heartening to see 2 members of Dakshin Gangadharpur Nari Jagaran Committee conduct these trainings.
  • 5 women from the clusters were able to earn 800 person days under MGNREGS schemes amounting to Rs. 152800 (Rs. 30560 per women) and 100 families were able to get a toilet constructed in their homes.
  • With the financial support provided by SXC Alumni 1960-61 Batch Trust, 11 very poor families were able to build toilets without having to pay their share of the cost (Rs. 900 per family).
  • 30 women took training on katha stitch and embroidery and 8 have started earning Rs. 450 on an average for embroidery work for a small boutique, working in spare time.
  • 9 women were involved in vermicompost production which they used essentially for their own agricultural use. A total of 560 kg of vermicompost was produced by them.
Total Beneficiaries of the livelihoods programme
Type of livelihood No. of women taking training Production No. of women engaged in income generation Average income per kg/pc (Rs.)
Mushroom farming 138 74.6 kg 4 Rs. 180-200
Embroidery and katha 30 8 Rs. 3843
Vermicompost 9 560 kg 9 Used in growing crop
Sanitation construction 5 100 toilets 5 Rs. 152800 (800 person days @ Rs. 191)