Causes to Support - Income Generation
Over 350 million
people live below the poverty line.Poverty is characterized by a lack of income/purchasing
power attributable to lack of productive employment. NGOs and community based
self-help groups play the roles of facilitators/social animators in encouraging
participatory approaches to empowering the poor by income generating projects.
This is with the objective of improving their economic status.
1. Artisan Issue
2. Livelihood Issues
3. Fair Trade
4. Credit/ Micro Credit/ Self Help
5. Skill Training
here for General NGOs List
Now for the cause of Income Generation
Over 25 million craftspeople in India. This is second only to
the numbers engaged in agriculture.
The state of India's artisans is a matter
of great concern. Intervention programs to sustain crafts people and crafts have
been unable to reach the average artisan. If the trend is not arrested a rich
cultural heritage is likely to be lost forever.
Projected population at the end of the 10th Plan (2007) is 1112.9
Annual average for unemployed for each of the years is 4.1 million.
Unemployment leading to poverty is one of the major problems facing India. About
70% of the population lives in villages engaged in agriculture. Lack of employment
opportunities in rural areas causes mass migration to cities. This creates the
problem of slums.
"Fair is a relative term." The
idea is also to cut down on the middlemen so that the product reaching the buyer
in the richer part of the world is still desirable, price-wise.
is about giving poor people power. It is a thriving business concept. It means
paying producers a fair price for their work, helping them gain the skills and
knowledge they need to develop their businesses, and challenging ways of trading
which keep people poor. It enables people who rely on selling crafts and textiles
for a living, or who produce food items such as tea, coffee, honey and chocolate,
now have the chance to work their way out of poverty. NGOs often act as facilitators
in this process.
Some relevant websites:
/ Micro Credit / Self-help groups
"If we are looking for one single
action which will enable the poor to overcome poverty, I would focus on credit".
(Mr Mohammad Yunus, Founder, Grameen Bank)
Provision of credit is an exercise
in self-help and community reinvestment. Credit leads to social justice and empowerment.
Effort is being made by credit planners to target women as they have a history
of being better re -payers of loan. The development of confidence in the community
has been the single biggest impact of micro finance interventions at grassroot
Some relevant websites:
The small scale/cottage
sector accounts for over 10% of the production in agro and rural based industries.Government
programmes focus on skill improvement, employment generation, transfer of technology,
rural industrialization and promotion of self-reliance among the people. NGO's
assist in raw material assistance, skill training, marketing, coordination and
inter institutional linkages and render advice to the government on policy matters
concerning the small-scale sector. There is a need to motivate educated unemployed
youth for self-employment, by setting up small enterprises.
on Government Schemes for income generation click here: