Exposure visit to Kudumbashree – State Poverty Eradication Mission, Government of Kerala
Kudumbashree facilitates exposure visits for other organizations, academicians, officials in every year. Exposure visits are a very important training methodology as it enables the participants from a different setting to interact with and learn from each other, allowing them to view practical/real life situations of successful integration of sustainable practices in the said field. The primary objective of the visiting team is to understand the working models of Kudumbashree and understand the field success of the programme.
Kudumbashree is essentially a community network of poor women that covers the entire State. It consist of a three tier community structure with Neighbourhood Groups (NHGs – 10 to 20 women) as primary level units, Area Development Societies (ADS – elected representatives of all NHGs) at the ward level, and Community Development Societies (CDS – elected representatives of all ADS) at the local government level. It is arguably one of the largest women’s networks in the world. Today, the Kudumbashree community network has 3,06,551 NHGs with a total membership of 45,85,677 women. It is a registered society under the Travancore Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Act 1955, formed around the central themes of poverty eradication and women empowerment. While Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Government of India has recognized Kudumbashree as the ‘State Rural Livelihoods Mission’ and as a ‘National Resource Organization’ to support other States of the country, the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has acknowledged Kudumbashree as the ‘State Urban Livelihood Mission’.
How an exposure visit is conducting?
  1. Discussion with participants - Discussing the schedule and various activities would give the participants an idea of what to expect during the field trip. Participants are required to send us a detailed mail about their expectations from field.
  2. Development of schedule & budget - After analyzing the requirement Kudumbashree team will make a detailed schedule and will share the same with the participants, after getting confirmation from the participants Kudumbashree will make the arrangements at the field.
Role of the Participants
  1. It is important to be prepared by developing visual literacy, and by integrating the trip actively into your curriculum/Organization. Details about Kudumbashree Programs are available in http://www.kudumbashree.org. For a better understanding, Participants can go through the website to get broad perspectives of the program.
  2. Try to get maximum information and involve in discussion in the field. However, it is not enough. Field visit experience takes place in a very different environment from your organization. That may seem obvious, but let’s take a look at the differences, so that you can help yourself and maintain focus to insure an engaging educational experience.
  3. Additional sessions will arrange if needed - for any clarification or to share their leanings/experience
Fee / Payment
The visitors will have to bear the cost of their travel from their institution to Kudumbashree and return, as well as local travel and food & accommodation expenses
Visitors are required to mail us a report based on the experiences with Kudumbashree and their suggestions
How to request for field visit?
Those who are interested to visit Kudumbashree and various activities can mail us at
Contact us
The Executive Director
State Poverty Eradication Mission – Govt. of Kerala
2nd Floor, TRIDA Rehabilitation Building, Chalakkuzhi Road
Medical College P.O, Thiruvananthapuram – 695011
Phone: 0471 - 2554714, 2554715
Read Exposure Learning Visit Reports