Ibtada visualises a society where poor and deprived social groups are economically, socially and politically empowered to take part in development processes and have equal rights and access to resources that abridges poverty, deprivation and discrimination. They seek to achieve this by capacity building, giving women and children their rights, form SHGs for women and collaborate with government and build alliances with civic society.
Their Activities are:
Communication based women Institutions: With the help of SHGs, Ibtada empowers women to meet on a regular basis, save money, satisfy their credit needs and discuss social and family matters. Cluster meetings called Mahila sabhas monitor activities of federation at group level and help in maintaining overall quality of the program. Then the block federation is formed which manages activities like lending (housing loan, sanitation loan, livelihood loan and SHG general loan), formation of new groups, trainings to groups, accounting, insurance and credit linkage services to SHGs. These groups collaborate with Ibtada for implementation of livelihoods and other development programs at group level and help maintain the overall quality of program.
Livelihood programs: Ibtada’s key strategy is to develop women as change agents for society, be it as activity leaders for livestock and agriculture (pashu sakhies and krishi sakhies), as helm of institutions or as financial literacy trainers and bachat sakhies. Women are trained to adopt package of practices which helps increase production, reduce diseases and pest occurrence and minimise cost of production. An energy saving conservation project under UNDP small grants program is also initiated through mode of bio gas plant so as to reduce fuel wood consumption.
Education: In order to make Government school system more effective and beneficial for the students and community as a whole, Ibtada has initiated a unique project of directly placing its trained motivators in government schools to make the teaching-learning process more responsive and effective. This would help improve school environment, teaching learning processes and community participation in Government schools, monitor grant utilization. Apart from this Ibtada also promotes Taleem shalas which reaches out to girl child for providing them formal education.