Socio-Economic and Educational Development Society (SEEDS) was founded in 1994 in Tamil Nadu. SEEDS works in areas like bio-diversity, sustainable agriculture, health & hygiene, water and sanitation, economic empowerment through family farming practices and providing know-how and capacity building skills.
Their activities include:
Country Poultry Programme: With the support of Right Sharing of World Resources-USA, SEEDS provides training in animal rearing and helps farmers to get funding for backyard poultry rearing.For the development and empowerment of tribal women, SEEDS takes initiatives to eradicate poverty, stop migration, and improve income levels through this project.
New Business Model for cultivation of Azolla: With the support of 1% Club-Netherlands, a New Business Model (NBM) has been developed for creating a sustainable business for the fair-trade production of Azolla fern. Azolla is a water plant which can be used as fodder for livestock and also as a bio-fertilizer. The aim of this NBM is enhancing the socio-economic situation of selected women by providing them with seeds, polythene bags, construction materials, other equipment and technical support.
Tribal Entrepreneurship & Rights Programme: With the support of the Government, training programmes on Lantana craft furniture making are conducted by SEEDS. On completion of the training, the beneficiaries are provided support to start their own business. Also, workshops are conducted for creating awareness of tribal rights and various government schemes.
Trade Related Entrepreneurship Programme for Women Empowerment (TREAD scheme): Training sessions are organised for providing rural women knowledge on local ingredients, packing, preservation and marketing. SEEDS also helped these trained women to get credit through local banks.
Agriculture & Climate Change Programme: SEEDS organizes workshops on Climate Change Research for farmers to discuss issues relating to farming techniques, micro-irrigation technologies, community projects and group action.
Outreach Programme: SEEDS runs outreach programmes for aged persons and also persons with disabilities. This includes awareness of government schemes, guidance and counselling, platform for sharing knowledge and expertise, etc.
Income Rs21 lac
Expense Rs20 lac
Source : Audit Report 2015
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