Kudumbashree harvests success from Saras Fairs: Sale of Rs 66 Lakh Recorded Updated On 2017-12-19

Kudumbashree Mission is harvesting success from Saras Fairs (Sale of Articles of Rural Artisans Society), organised by Ministry of Rural Development with the objective of finding market for the ethnic products, artistry and Micro Enterprises. Kudumbashree Mission had recorded a total sale of Rs 66 lakh altogether from all Saras Fairs this year.

As per the instructions of Ministry of Rural Development, each state is supposed to organise atleast 2 Saras Fairs an year. The 10 day long Saras Fair conducted by Kudumbashree Mission at Malappuram from 25 August 2017 to 3 September 2017, offering the best of traditional food and artistry has drawn massive crowds and drawn a sale of Rs 6 crore altogether.

Kudumbashree had also marked their presence at Saras Fairs held at Raipur, Bhilai (Chattisgarh), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Kolkota (West Bengal), Goa and Indian International Trade Fair conducted at New Delhi. Kudumbashree had made a collection of Rs 32 Lakh from Saras fairs itself. A sale of Rs 5.63 Lakh was collected from Kerala Cultural and Trade Fair 2017 hosted organised by Information and Public Relations, Department of Kerala as part of the interstate information and public relations event held at Bengaluru.

Micro entrepreneurs from Kudumbashree are actively participating in the saras Fairs at Guwahati )(Assam), Gadag (Karnataka) and Patna( Bihar). Kudumbashree will soon mark their presence at the Saras Fairs scheduled to be held at Vishakhapatnam( Andhra Pradesh), Bhuvaneswar (Orissa), Jorethang ( Sikkim), Mumbai ( Maharashtra ), Margao (Goa), Thiruchirappally ( Tamil Nadu) and Ranchi (Jharkhand). Kudumbashree Women are participating in Saras Fair under the leadership of Micro Enterprise Consultants selected from the districts.

Kudumbashree oru Nerchithram’ Photography Competition- Winners announced Updated On 2017-12-18

Results of Kudumbashree oru Nerchithram’ Photography Competition announced. Shri.G.Shivaprasad, Photographer, Mathrubhumi Kottayam unit bagged the first prize. Shri.Sudharmadas, Photographer, KeralaKaumudi Kochi unit came second and Shri. Shaju. V. Karat from Malappuram came in third place.The Award for the Best Photographer will be Rs 20,000. The second prize and third prize will be Rs 10,000 and Rs 5000 respectively. The beauty of the unity of Kudumbashree women was well captured in Sivaprasad's click. Sudharmadas captured the reflection of the hardwork of Kudumbashree women creatively.Photograph of a Kudumbashree woman digging well for drinking water with the caption 'Onto tbe depths for livelihood' made Shaju's photograph selected.

Kudumbashree Mission which envisions at eradicating poverty through women in Kerala had successfully completed 19 revolutionary years, conducted the photography competition for motivating the aspiring photographers and to propagate the activities of Kudumbashree Mission through photographs.

Shri. Alagappan, renowned cinematographer was the Jury Chairman who selected the winners. Shri. Pramod, Photographer, Deshabhimani Smt.Nisha. Director, Kudumbashree Mission and Smt.Jayanthi Narendranath, Public Relations Officer, Kudumbashree Mission were the other Jury members.

Rs 1000 each will be issued for 10 entries as consolation prizes. Free subscription of Kudumbashree Magazine will be given to selected 50 people. More details are published in the website

The contestants were directed to submit photographs that reflect the various activities of Kudumbashree Mission.

Tajikistan Delegation in Kerala to study about Kudumbashree Updated On 2017-12-16

Tajikistan Delegation is visiting Kerala to study more about Kudumbashree Mission and its activities on 16 December 2017. The 10 membered delegation  include Ms.Jamilya Saidova, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Tajakistan, Mr.Abubakr Inomov, Minister of Justice,Tajikistan and other senior officials from various departments. Studying the Kudumbashree model of poverty alleviation, the delegation will spend  in Kerala till 22 December 2017.

The delegation will study from the experience of Kudumbashree programme with a view to explore replication of best practices in context of Tajikistan. Based on the interaction with the Kudumbashree officials, they would understand the approach of Kudumbashree Mission towards women empowerment and poverty alleviation in Kerala. They would understand the key elements  that has contributed to the scale and sustainability of the programme, the policy environment and the role of support institutions that had contributed to the growth of Kudumbashree. The delegation would closely analyze the intervention that Kudumbashree had made in Kerala for the last 20 years.

The delegation will make field visits and will interact with the beneficiaries who had harvested success through Kudumbashree Mission. They will also discuss the scope of replicating Kudumbashree model in Tajikistan context.

History of Kudumbashree Mission, it's organisational structure, the projects of Kudumbashree Mission etc will be explained to the delegation in detail. Daily field visits are also arranged as part of their visit.

A 26 membered team from Afghanistan, Mangolia, Malavi, Kenya, Mozambia and Liberia had visited Kudumbashree during last March. As part of this, Kudumbashree was invited to Uganda for giving  training and a team from Kudumbashree had visited Uganda and gave training on 'Entrepreneurial development on agricultural sector' among rural women.

The delegation include other officials Ms Azimova Mahbuba, Deputy Chairperson for Committee of Women and Family Affairs, Tajikistan, Ms Zulfiya Kurbonova, Head of Department on Women rights and empowerment, Presidential Apparatus, Tajikistan, Ms Zebo Sharifova, Executive Director of League of Women Lawyers of Tajikistan, Ms Mohru Makhmudova, Advisor, GIZ  TRIGGER (Towards Rural Inclusive Growth and Economic  Resilience ). The team also include the officials from Tajikistan chapter of Oxfam, the international confederation of charitable organizations focused on the alleviation of global poverty, Mr. Seyed Faiz Hayat, Economic  Justice Programme Manager, Economic Justice Programme, Tajikistan, Mr Farhod Khalikov, Economic Justice Deputy programme Manager, Tajikistan, Ms. Masuda Saidova, Co-ordinator, GEM programme, Tajikistan and Ms. Safamo Gulomova, GEM Program Officer.

Kudumbashree joins hands with Kerala Grameen Bank Updated On 2017-12-15

Kudumbashree Mission is joining hands with Kerala Grameen Bank for making avail the agriculture loans with concessions in interest for the Joint Liability Groups (JLG) who are engaged in group farming under the centrally sponsered programme,  Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP). 

Associating with Kerala Grameen Bank, Kudumbashree Mission will organise camps across the state  for identifying the JLGs who haven't availed loans so far and offer loans for them. The first phase of the camp will be at Thrissur and Kazargode region from 18-21 December 2017 and the second phase at the remaining districts will be on January 2018.

The camps at Koratti, Vadakkekad and Kaipparamb of Thrissur District is scheduled on 19, 20 and 21 respectively. At Mannarrkad and Kuzhalmandham of Palakkad District it will be on 21. The camps at Vaduvanchal and Kaniyambatta of Wayanad District is scheduled on 19 anf 21 respectively. At Meppayyoor, Chelannoor and Thuneri of Kozhikode District the camps will be on 19,20 and 21 respectively. The camps at Tirur, Perinthalmanna and Thiroorangady will be on 18, 20 and 21. At Cherupuzha and Payyavoor of Kannur District, the camps will be on 19 and 21. The camps at Neeleswaram and Manjeshwaram of Kazargode District, are scheduled on 18 and 20 respectively.

51574 JLGs are pursuing farming 28563 hectres of land and so far Rs 310 Crore had been given as Bank loan. Kudumbashree  plans to make avail Rs 400 crore bank loan for the JLGs.

Banks give loan starting from Rs 1 lakh to JLGs for a financial year. Those who repay the loan in time are given special concessions. In fact, this become interest free loans then.

It's on behalf of the centrally designed programme, that Kudumbashree is involved.To improve the representation of women in agricultural sector, to promote the livelihood of women through organic way of cultivation are the aims of the centrally sponsered programme, Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP). Kudumbashree  is the nodal agency of MKSP in Kerala.

Kudumbashree Women to join Jagriti Yatra Updated On 2017-12-14

Nine Women from Kudumbashree are all set to join Jagriti Yatra, the 15-day long, national train journey that will take them 8000 kilometers across the length and breadth of India, to understand and build the India of smaller towns and villages through enterprise. Jagriti Yatra is set up under a non-profit charitable organisation Jagriti Sewa Sansthan, headquartered in Mumbai and based in Deoria, Uttar Pradesh focuses on skill-development. Three women from Ernakulam and six from Pathanamthitta will attend the Jagriti Yatra which will commence on 24 December 2017 from Mumbai and will end on 8 January 2018 at Mumbai. The trip will cover Mumbai, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Bangaluru, Sri city, Vishakhapatnam, Ganjam, Nalanda, Deoria, New Delhi, Tilonia and Ahmedabad.

During the journey, they will be offered opportunity to meet role models, change-makers and leaders who started out on a journey just like everyone else and made a difference to thousands of lives. That will help the women to forge bonds with the like-minded young leaders- their co-Yatris and complete strangers.They will be exposed to the role models who are building India through enterprises; through them the women will find inspiration to undertake their own building journey.

500 youngsters, selected from thousands of applicants, many from smaller towns and villages, join the Yatra every year, with the goal of creating awareness and start a movement of 'building India through enterprise'. Jagriti Yatra aims to nurture 1 Lakh entrepreneurs by 2022 and create 10 Lakh jobs in this process. The trip would be an unforgettable experience for the Kudumbashree Women.

ILO's training for Micro Enterprise Consultants started Updated On 2017-12-13

International Labour Organization's (ILO) training for Micro Enterprise Consultants (MEC) have been kickstarted at Grameena Padana Kendram, Karakulam, Thiruvananthapuram on 11 December 2017. The master trainers of ILO are giving training to the MECs on the topic 'Start and Improve Your Business' (SIYB). 17 selected MECs will attend the training from 11-20 December 2017. Shri. Issac Singh& Shri. Khaleel Ul Rahman, Master Trainers, ILO would lead the activity oriented sessions.

Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) is currently the largest global business management training programme with the focus on starting and improving businesses as a strategy for creating more and better employment for women and men. It supports the sustainable development goals by promoting the business development policies that support decent job creation, entrepreneurship and encourage the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises.It also supports productive employment and decent work for all, including the youth and persons with disabilities.

The association with International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations agency dealing with labour problems, particularly international labour standards, social protection, and work opportunities will enable Kudumbashree Mission to create revolutionary changes in micro enterprise development in Kerala. So far, 31,261 Kudumbashree Micro Enterprise units are working in Kerala altogether. By giving assistance in identifying the most suitable micro enterprises, MECs are extending their full support for the women entrepreneurs. Micro Enterprise Consultants also facilitate training, marketing services and Business counselling as well.

Women friendly canteen catering unit at Edamalakkudy to be launched soon Updated On 2017-12-12

Kudumbashree's activities aiming at the development of Edamalakkudy, the only tribal grama panchayath in Kerala is progressing in its full swing. A women friendly canteen catering unit will be launched at Edamalakkudy soon. Rs 10 lakh has been allocated by the Scheduled Tribes Development Department for the same. Training has been given to the 6 membered group for starting the women friendly canteen catering unit. AIFROM, Kudumbashree's Catering training group had given training to Kudumbashree Women for starting the canteen catering unit.

Initial activities have been started for launching women friendly study centres aiming at self reliance in Health, Agriculture, Job, Education, Savings etc. Resource persons for the same had been identified and training had been given to them. The women friendly study centres would address the issues like unemployment, malnutrition in children etc.

Kudumbashree's activities in CDS level had been progressing in Edamalakkudy from 2008 onwards. Around 720 families of Muthuvan clan reside in this area. Kudumbashree had been doing group farming for bringing the scheduled tribes back to agriculture. Sports activities focusing on tribal youth are also progressing in Edamalakkudy.

Kudumbashree Election 2018: Workshop for District Election Officers held Updated On 2017-12-11

One Day Workshop for District Election Officers of the Kudumbashree Election 2018 was held at Kudumbashree State Mission on 11 December 2017. The Election officers who were selected by the concerned District Collectors were given classes on Kudumbashree Mission, Community Based Organization Structure and Kudumbashree Three-Tier framework, Kudumbashree NHG, ADS, CDS, Byelaw etc.

Elections at NHG level will be from 8-14 January 2018. The Elections at ADS will be from 18-21 January and the Election at CDS is scheduled on 25 January 2018. The new office bearers will take charge on 26 January 2018. The last election was on January 2015. The tenure of the existing office bearers will end on 25 January 2018.

The training for the election officials are progressing at districts under the leadership of Kudumbashree District Missions. The notification of the election will be declared on 23 December 2017. The training for the presiding officers for the NHG election will be from 26-30 December 2017. After the elections, 13.85 lakh office bearers will take their charges.

Election Time in Kudumbashree Updated On 2017-12-08

Election has been declared at Kudumbashree Three tier system. Elections at NHG level will be from 8-14 January 2018. The Elections at ADS will be from 18-21 January and the Election at CDS is scheduled on 25 January 2018. The new office bearers will take charge on 26 January 2018. The last election was on January 2015. The tenure of the existing office bearers will end on 25 January 2018.

The training for the election officials are progressing at districts under the leadership of Kudumbashree District Missions. The notification of the election will be declared on 23 December 2017. The training for the presiding officers for the NHG election will be from 26-30 December 2017.

So far, 43 lakh members are there in 2.77 lakh NHGs altogether. There are 19854 ADS and 1073 CDSs . Each NHG would consist of 10-20 members. These members would select 5 office bearers among them through election method. The 5 membered office bearers in a particular ADS constitute ADS General Body. they will select the ADS Governing Body. The Governing Body of CDS comprises of one member from ADS.

After the elections, 13.85 lakh office bearers will take their charges.

Tribal Outlets opened at Idukki attracts many Updated On 2017-12-07

The tribal outlets opened at Idukki stands out attracting many. Two tribal outlets were opened at Kanjikuzhy Panchayath and Adimali Panchayath of Idukki District. It is planned to open the third outlet at Kanthaloor Panchayath.

Idukki is the second largest district in the state with maximum number of tribals. Malayarayan, Mannaan, Muthuvan, Oorali, Paliyan, Hilpulayan, Malapandaram, Ullaadan & Malayan are the different clans of tribes who reside in the district. They were meeting their livelihood by selling the products collected from the forests. The tribals weren't getting enough payments for their hard work. It is for avoiding the delay in getting their payments that tribal outlets are opened.

40 NHG groups of Adimali, Kanjikuzhi, Kanthloor, Marayoor and Mangulam Panchayath were given training for starting sale outlets. The trained 4 membered group started 'Pulari' outlet at Venmani. Products made of Bamboo Products, Honey and Medicinal Plants are available in the outlets.The Non Timber Forest Products ( NTFP) of National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) is the main capital of these outlets. These tribal outlets are getting orders as they are located near Munnar and Idukki Dam.

It's also planned to start tribal outlets in Palakkad, Thrissur, Pathanamthitta and Wayanad Districts as well.