Drishtee Foundation is focused on development of rural communities, through facilitating support to micro-entrepreneurs and developing sustainable rural enterprise models that can deliver economic advantages and create livelihood opportunities. The vision is to make marginal communities more efficient, self-sufficient and equitable. The Foundation practices a 4C (Community, Capacity, Credit and Channel) Approach. They have directly benefitted around 1 million people.
Their programs include:
Skill Development: Understanding the importance of skill-based training for rural youth, the NGO emphasizes on capacity building in all its initiatives. (a) Since 2010, Ministry Of Rural Development has supported the Foundation in its skill development initiatives, predominantly in the Construction and Textile sector under Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY). To promote entrepreneurship and create jobs locally, Drishtee Skill Development Centre was started which is affiliated to many Sector Skill Councils. In FY15, around 14,535 people were trained. (b) The Foundation partnered with Godrej Agrovet Limited and National Skill Development Corporation to provide training to rural women in Cattle Husbandry for increasing milk yield. (c) Sakhi is a capacity building program for empowering and enabling women to start their own enterprise or improve the overall management of an existing enterprise. Nearly 2,500 women were trained.
Livelihood: (a) The Momo-Rangoli Shop was operationalized to ensure that women from marginalized communities have access to, are aware about and can avail services and products that are specifically sold by the women and are for the women. So far, 37 shops have been set up in 40 villages catering to over 4,000 customers with a product range of nearly 3,000 products. (b) Drishtee Rural Apparel Producer Organization is a social enterprise owned by rural women producers and supervised by textile professionals, with a mission to impact livelihood of 5,000 marginalized women by 2020. (c) Drishtee has also set up a 30-seater BPO Center with the support of NABARD to create livelihood opportunities for educated rural youth.
Micro-Finance: Oikocredit, one of the world’s largest sources of private funding to the micro-finance sector, has entered into a partnership agreement with Drishtee to expand its financial inclusion efforts in rural India. Through this partnership, Drishtee aims to enable rural micro-enterprises at the village level. So far, it has supported nearly 900 rural micro-entrepreneurs.
Income Rs6 cr
Expense Rs5 cr
Source : Audit Report 2015
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