Feed The Future-International Training Programme on Entrepreneurship Development among Rural Women starts at Thiruvananthapuram Updated On 2018-11-07

An International Training Programme on ‘Entrepreneurship Development among Rural Women’ is being organized at Thiruvananthapuram from 6- 20 November 2018.The inauguration of the programme was conducted by Shri.S.Harikishore IAS, Executive Director, Kudumbashree Mission at Mascot Hotel Thiruvananthapuram on 6 November 2018. The special address was delivered by Dr Mahantesh Shirur, Deputy Director, Agriculture MANAGE and Dr Ravi Nandi Programme Manager, FTF ITT MANAGE. 

On inaugurating the programme, he spoke about poverty in Kerala and how poverty is being addressed through the large network of rural women of Kudumbashree, Kerala. He also highlighted on the various livelihood initiates being undertaken by the women and the impact in their lives.  He encouraged the participants to learn from the experience of Kudumbashree and contextualise in their own Countries.

The training Programme is organised by Kudumbashree Mission in association with National Institute of Agriculture Extension Management, Hyderabad (MANAGE). 

USAID and Ministry of External Affairs, Goverment of India designed a program named as Feed the Future India Triangular Training (FTF ITT) Program which was launched on 25 July 2016 at New Delhi. During the program period until 2020, a total of 1400 Agricultural professionals from 17 partner countries of Africa and Asia will be trained. The program will conduct 32, fifteen days duration training courses (excluding travel period) at select Indian institutions for 25 participants in each programme, and twelve, 10 days duration trainings (excluding travel period), in selected partner countries in Africa and Asia, for up to 50 participants per programme.

This approach is designed to respond to the needs of target Countries based on the Demand Analysis carried out at the beginning of this program. National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad, India, an autonomous organization under ministry of Agriculture and farmers welfare, Government of India has been designated as lead Institution for implementation of the program.

Kudumbashree has been identified as one of the training partners for their expertise in Entrepreneurship of rural women.  During the year 2017 and 2018, three training programme under Feed the Future (FTF) was successfully conducted by Kudumbashree. The programme is being attended by six countries and 26 participants.

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Women Gramasabha : New initiative in women empowerment from Wayanad Updated On 2018-11-05

Kudumbasree Wayanad District Mission took a new initiative in women empowerment programme called 'Women Grama Sabha', which was conducted as a joint venture with Meppadi Grama Panchayath of Wayanad District. Women Grama Sabha was organized as an initiative of the Gender Resource Center. About 300 women from the village participated in the program. Special attention was given to the venture as part of the new Project Planning of Local Self Government Department (2019-20). Participation of housewives and NHG members were ensured in the program. Shri. Sahad, Panchayath President, Meppadi Grama Panchayath inaugurated the program.

Discussions were held on development activities, strategies and tactics to be used in the development process of the panchayath. Elected ward Counselors had actively participated in the program and discussed about the issues related with each ward and developmental plans. Acute observations and analysis were made and a lot of innovative plans were noticed. The participants were divided into 10 groups and discussions were held on various subjects and a leader elected from each group were made a presentation based on the discussions. The Women Gramasabha seemed to be a reflection that, how the Kudumbashree initiatives made changes in the Society.

'Snehajalakam' Educational program through Gender Resource Centres progressing in Trivandrum district Updated On 2018-11-03

'Snehajalakam'  is a special initiative programme  of Kudumbashree  Thiruvananthapuram District Mission.  It is designed as a convergence programme which connects Snehitha Gender Help Desk, Gender Resource Centres (GRC), Schools, Local self Government Departments and CDS. The inaugural function of  'Snehajalakam' campaign was conducted at Karakulam GRC on 26 October 2018 .   The exhibition was inaugurated by Smt.Anila, Panchayath President, Karakulam.

The programme is combined with  exhibition, film show and awareness campaign. 86 students and 2 teachers from Govt UP School, Karakulam participated in the exhibition and after that an awareness class was given to the students on the topic “Child right and atrocities against children” by Snehitha Counselor and Service provider.  It also make the participants aware about the services of Snehitha Gender Help Desk. Along with students the exhibition was fully fledged with the participation of NHG members, ADS, CDS members & ward members. ‘Snehajalakam’ will be conducted in other GRCs of Trivandrum district. The program also aims to conduct classes in various schools in the district.

'My ME' State Level Workshop 2018-19 Conducted Updated On 2018-11-01

'My ME' State Level Workshop was conducted at Kites Training Centre, Pongumoodu,Thiruvananthapuram on 30 October 2018. “My ME” project envisaged the adoption of one micro enterprise by one program manager, as a part of “Year of Micro Enterprises” Campaign. A total of 400 employees took My ME project out of which 87 people made real difference in the ME Sector and also presented in the District Level Workshop and each district selected one person from the pool and nominated for State Level Workshop. The nominated employees presented their projects and the Best Performers in the State Level were selected.

Shri. UnniKrishnan, District Programme Manager, SVEP, Pathanamthitta came in the first place. Shri. Binish Sebastian, District Programme Manager, DDUGKY, Kottayam came second and Shri. Gireesh Kumar.T, Assistant District Mission Co-ordinator, Kozhikode and Shri. Nabeel, Block Coordinator, Malappuram came in third place. Shri. Monish Mohan, Block Coordinator, Kasargod received Special Jury Mention. Shri. Jagjeevan. N, Consultant, Haritha Kerala Mission and Shri. Dathan. C.S, Programme Officer,Agriculture, Kudumbashree Mission were the jury who selected the Best Performers who made a real difference to the production, marketing and profit of the Micro Enterprises.

Kudumbashree- the official food partner at 5th ODI- India Vs West Indies Updated On 2018-10-31

The tastes and ethnic cuisines of Kudumbashree women will also mark the crease in the 5th One day International between India and West Indies match at Kariyavattom Green Field Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram. The One Day International which is scheduled to be conducted on 1 November 2018 will be characterized not just as the match between the titans of cricket but also as the match between the mouth watering ethnic dishes catered by Cafe Kudumbashree units. 

The stands of the Green Field stadium will experience both the intense battle at the pitch and also the tasty dishes delivered hot, spicy and tasty from Kudumbashree women. 11 Cafe Kudumbashree units across Thiruvananthapuram will cater ethnic dishes ranging from tea, snacks to spicy biriyani and pathiri with juicy yet tasty curries of Thiruvananthapuram delicacies.These units are brought under the banner of delicacies of Ananthapuri by the Kudumbashree Thiruvananthapuram District Mission. 

Kudumbashree was also present among the stands as the official food partner of the match last year when India faced New Zealand in the first ever T20 match hosted at Kariyavattom Green Field Stadium. While India registered a convincing victory over New Zealand, there was also these culinary experts of Kudumbashree registering over Rs. 3.5 lakhs sales and also the hearts of fans who came cheering for India and the greater game of cricket.

It's time to cheer for India and also for these Kudumbashree women who are going to script another saga of taste and quality food just like Kohli structures his perfect straight drive! Come on India! Come on Kudumbashree !

Kudumbashree Mission contributes an additional amount of Rs 4.18 crore to CMDRF making a total of Rs 11.18 crore Updated On 2018-10-31

Kudumbashree Mission contributes an additional amount of Rs 4.18 crore to CMDRF, which altogether make a whopping total of Rs 11.18 crores. Shri. S. Harikishore IAS, Executive Director, Kudumbashree Mission handed over the cheque to Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister, Government of Kerala in the presence of Shri. A.C Moideen, Minister for Local Self Governments, Government of Kerala at Chief Minister's Chamber on 31 October 2018.

Kudumbashree Mission had already contributed an amount of Rs 7 Crore to Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. It is in addition to that, Rs 4.18 Crore is contributed. The major part of the amount was mobilized locally by pooling the weekly thrift collection of the NHG members based on the request of the Executive Director of Kudumbashree Mission. NHGs pooled those funds from various sources such as their contributions; amount kept aside for Onam celebrations etc was also added towards the cause. Apart from this, the Resource Persons, members of the Kudumbashree Accounts and Audit Service Society (KAASS) and Training Group Members had also made their individual contributions.

Even though majority of Kudumbashree members were badly affected by the flood, they have been in the forefront in the relief activity and cleaning exercises as well. Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) is the emergency assistance release mechanism granting immediate relief to families and individuals distressed by calamity, loss of life due to accidents and chronic diseases.

'Harithajeevanam'- Street play campaign for the publicity of Organic farming progressing in districts Updated On 2018-10-30

'Harithajeevanam'- the state wide street play campaign for the publicity of Organic Farming are progressing in various districts across the state. The Street Play is visualized and presented by Rangashree, the community theater group of Kudumbashree Mission. The ultimate aim of the campaign is to aware the society about the importance and benefits of the organic farming as well as the harmful side effects of the farming using chemical fertilizers. The use of chemical fertilizers may lead to atmospheric pollution, climate change and also different diseases like cancer. 

Organic Agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic Agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.

Organic farming is the method of cultivation which helps to keep the land live and healthy using organic/ biological manures. It also involves the ecologically balanced agricultural principles like crop rotation, green manure, organic waste, biological pest control, mineral and rock additives. Rangashree team is visualizing the street play at 168 venues throughout Kerala, 12 street plays at each district during 15-30 October 2018. The campaign has attracted a great mass of population. 

Partnering for Progress: DDUGKY, Kudumbashree-TiE Kerala Summit held Updated On 2018-10-29

DDUGKY (Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameeen Kaushalya Yojana) the skilling and placement programme for which Kudumbashree Mission is the nodal agency for the implementation in Kerala, along with TiE has hosted 'DDUGKY, Kudumbashree TiE Kerala Summit' at The Gateway Hotel, Kochi on 27 October 2018. Shri. Harikishore IAS, Executive Director, Kudumbashree Mission spoke on the 'Scope of DDUGKY- Industry Convergence'. An open forum of Idea Sharing, Q&A Session and way forward was also followed by the presentation.

Delivering the keynote address, he stressed on the points of convergence between DDUGKY and the industry. The industry shall contribute by identifying the skill gap in various sectors, so that DDUGKY could train the students specifically in those sectors. Harikishore said.The industry may also take advantage of recruiting from among more than 35,000 well trained candidates and may also customize training to suit the needs of the organisation and place them in their organisation, thus ensuring captive placement for candidates and lessening the training cost of the organisation. Mr. Neelakantan G Nair, Senior Associate Member of TiE Kerala who spoke on the occasion stressed the need of continuous engagement between the industry and the flagship DDUGKY skilling programme, so that candidates and the industry would benefit.

TiE Global is a nonprofit organization devoted to entrepreneurs in all industries, at all stages, from incubation, throughout the entrepreneurial life cycle. With a global reach and a local focus, the heart of TiE efforts lies in its five foundational programs, – Mentoring, Networking, Education, Funding, and Incubation.The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. Shri. T.P Geevargheese, District Mission Co-ordinator, Kudumbashree Ernakulam District Mission welcomed the gathering. Ms. Vijayam.K, Assistant District Mission Co-ordinator, Kudumbashree Ernakulam District Mission delivered vote of thanks.

Street play campaign by Rangashree teams for the publicity of Navakerala Lottery attracted masses Updated On 2018-10-27

The Street play campaign by the Rangashree teams for the publicity of Navakerala Lottery had attracted masses.The Directorate of Kerala Lotteries, Government of Kerala launched Navakerala Lottery in an aim to collect additional fund towards the Chief Ministers Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) for flood rehabilitation activities and for Rebuilding Kerala. The Government of Kerala had assigned Kudumbashree Mission as an agency to sell tickets to increase the sales of the Navakerala Lottery.

Rangashree, the community theater group of Kudumbashree Mission had conducted street play campaign for the publicity of the sales of the Navakerala lotteries throughout the state in convergence with the Directorate of Kerala State Lotteries Government of Kerala. Named as ‘Athijeevanathinte Paathayil’ the street play visualized the impacts of the massive flood in Kerala and how the unity of civilians and government helping the state to overcome the massive disaster. The street play also focused on the need of fund raising for Rebuilding Kerala and the role of Navakerala lottery in it. The script, songs and the poems were written by the Rangashree teams themselves. Nine Rangashree teams conducted the street play at 112 various venues across Kerala. There were eight venues arranged in each district. The street play was widely appreciated by the audience. The sale of Navakerala lotteries also took place in all the venues. Kudumbashree Women was proactive in selling the Navakerala lottery tickets and had sold tickets worth Rs 9.23 crore.

Balasabha children active in extending services converging with Snehitha Updated On 2018-10-26

Balasabha Children from Kollam are active in extending services converging with Snehitha Gender Help Desk. The Balasabha children has become the part of the house visit of 'Snehitha Calling Bell programme', an initiative to help elderly people living alone in homes.The children are active in visiting the real beneficiaries of the programme in their respective localities, in a way are helping the Snehitha Gender Help Desk. On visiting the lonely elderly people, the children are communicating with them as well.


As per the statistics, 1255 people had been identified as beneficiaries for 'Snehitha Calling Bell Programme in Kollam District. Out of the 1255 beneficiaries, the Balasabha children have already visited 358 beneficiaries. It was found that the visit of the children had evoked a sense of self confidence among the beneficiaries.The home visits to the houses of the lonely elderly people are ongoing in the district. The Snehitha Calling Bell Programme envisions social integration of senior citizens who lead an isolated life in their homes by connecting them with NHG groups and gradually integrating them with the society by visiting and speaking to them.