Collectives and Producer Companies
Kudumbashree was working to strengthen the livelihood and economic empowerment of women since Inception. Economic empowerment and poverty alleviation are crucial for the empowerment of Women. In order to help women in its network to increase income, Kudumbashree has focused on Micro Enterprises. Later in 2007 the concept of Samagra was introduced with the objective of achieving scale in enterprise activities, bringing more technical facilitation based on local resources, convergence of funds and functions, more women are oriented towards taking up these value chain projects. Similar enterprises have similar needs and similar problems. In 2011 the micro enterprises are encouraged to form Consortiums under Charitable Societies Act. At this juncture Nutrimix, IT, and Cashew entrepreneurs formed collectives in the form of Societies. The concept of Collective was introduced in order to bring more attention to formation of collective and bringing sustainability to the enterprises. The approach under collectives is to capacitate the entrepreneurs to take up sustainable livelihoods under their leadership. Members in Farm activities are encouraged to form Producer Companies and Enterprises in Non farm sector are facilitated to form Consortiums.
Kudumbashree Construction Team
In India construction industry is the second largest and a fast growing sector and incidentally Kerala having its huge potential in the sector. Though role of women account for half (51%) of the total construction labour force, women are almost exclusively unskilled, casual manual laborers: carrying bricks ,cement, sand, and water, digging earth, mixing cement, breaking stones, and women are rarely found in male-dominated skilled trades: carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical wiring etc. Training on construction activity for kudumbashree members aims to provide skill training for various trades in the construction industry for enhancing the skill of the women in construction related activities such that a sustainable income is generated and eventually these trained women members will be grouped into All Women Community Construction Contractors based at block level and Urban Local Body level in the state.