ABC - opportunities unlimited Updated On 2017-07-01

Kudumbashree has the history of assisting the governance machinery to solve problems. One of the key social problems faced by Kerala is the street dog menace. There were even instances where street dogs bit and killed men. In order to curb the street dog menace, approved methodology is Animal Birth Control, where in street dogs are caught, and they are dropped back to the original locality after doing the Animal Birth Control surgery (ABC). Surgery is performed by registered medical practitioners in institutions. Kudumbashree’s ABC project aims at creating Block Management Units of women who will catch dogs (using various techniques, the most popular being ‘cage trap’) and will take them to veterinary hospital for doing surgery. After the surgery, post operative care will be provided by the Kudumbashree ABC team, and the dogs will be dropped back to the place from where they are caught after a period of two days. As per a latest Government Order, the amount to be given by each Panchayat to the ABC team is Rs. 2,100/- per dog for the entire process. Till now (10/7/17), 500 dogs are caught in the state and 72 units are trained in various districts

'Sthreepaksha Navakeralam' Promo Video launched Updated On 2021-12-20

The promo video of the 'Sthreepaksha Navakeralam' which is being organized by Kudumbashree from 18 November 2021 to 8 March 2022 has been launched at Kudumbashree State Mission, Thiruvananthapuram. Smt. P. I Sreevidya, Executive Director, Kudumbashree launched the video by presenting it to the Gender team members. The promo video includes Ms. Nimisha Sajayan, Cine Actor and the Campaign Ambassador of 'Sthreepaksha Navakeralam' Campaign. Through 'Sthreepaksha Navakeralam' Campaign, it is envisaged to take the awareness messages against dowry and violence towards women to all sectors of the society and thereby bring in a mind shift among the society and the general public.

Expanding wings in Assam Updated On 2017-07-01

Kudumbashree is a National Resource Organisation with a mandate of assisting other states to start ‘Kudumbashree model’. At present, Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with 12 states and 1 union territory. Once MoU is signed, Kudumbashree mentors (experienced women from the community, who will work as master trainers) will be appointed in these states (in selected blocks/ panchayats) who will select community cadre from the state and will impart training and build their capacity. Mentors work in two domains. One is development of Micro Enterprises; and the other is convergence project of Community Based Organisation with Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRI CBO convergence). Assam was one of the first states that signed an MoU with Kudumbashree. Initial MoU was for a period of 3 years, and the project was implemented successfully. As a result of this, Assam State Livelihood Mission requested for another MoU for extending the project to 50 new Panchayats from 2017, and this new MoU was signed in the presence of Hon. Minister

Making a difference for Transgenders Updated On 2017-07-01

For the first time in the history of public transport system in the work, transgenders were given employment opportunities readily. 23 transgenders were selected and they were appointed for various positions (supervisor/ team leader/ cleaning staff/ ticket operator/ customer facilitation staff etc) in Kochi Metro. In the agreement with Kochi Metro for running Facility Management Centre, it was specifically mentioned that transgenders will be trained by selected, trained and will be posted in Kochin Metro through Kudumbashree network. This project aims at providing an employment opportunity for transgenders who are otherwise not generally employed in similar sectors. As a part of “Disha” campaign (a campaign run by Kudumbashree in November 2016 to strengthen the neighbourhood groups), transgender special NHGs were formed and training for self employment was given to some of them. This is the wage employment opportunity for transgenders, created specifically due to request from KMRL. This initiative will help in mainstreaming and in assisting transgender community.

Recognition for Women Construction Units Updated On 2017-07-01

Women Construction Units envisaged by Kudumbashree is selected as one of the ‘Best Practices’ of Pradhan Mantra Awas Yojana (PMAY) implemented by Government of India through Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA). Executive Director, S.Harikishore, IAS presented the best practice during the National Workshop held in Vijnan Bhavan, Delhi on 23/06//2017. Two states were invited for presenting their best practices related to urban poverty alleviation It is expected that more than 3 lakh dwelling units will be constructed in Kerala during the next three years (as a part of PMAY and LIFE mission of Government of Kerala) Forming construction groups of women will provide affordable solutions to rural poor for construction of their houses and will eliminate exploitation by contractors. Also, rural women will get higher income as they are doing skilled work (construction of houses). At present, training is given to 400 women, and Kudumbashree is envisaging construction groups in every development block and in every municipality.

Jan Oushadhi stores by Kudumbashree Updated On 2017-07-01

A tripartite agreement was signed between Jan Oushadhi, Local Self Government Department and Kudumbashree for starting Jan Oushadhi medical stores in each Panchayat or wherever feasible. Its a convergence project of local self government department and Kudumbashree. Panchayat will find out a suitable building and will give it to Kudumbashree units for running the pharma store. Kudumbashree units will have to employ a pharmacist and a computer operator to run the store. More than 450 varieties of medicines will be supplied by Jan Oushadhi. As an initial assistance, Rs. 1.5 lakh will be given to the Kudumbashree entrepreneur as capital subsidy for purchase of computers and for procurement of furniture. Further, medicines worth Rs. 1.0 lakh will be given free of cost (on credit). Using sales of these medicine, new medicines may be purchased as per requirement. At present, there is demand to start such stores in 34 Panchayats, and we are expecting demand from more places in near future.

Women’s only Metro Updated On 2017-07-01

It was a prestigious moment for Kudumbashree when Hon. Prime Minister inaugurated Kochi Metro in June 2017. The reason for pride arose from the fact that for the first time in history, an ‘all women metro’ was inaugurated and Kudumbashree got the opportunity to do the facility management services for Kochi metro. As per the agreement with Kochi Metro, all services ranging from parking management to customer facilitation, from ticketing to housekeeping are entrusted with Kudumbashree. Total demand was for 780 staff. In this first phase 530 women are selected and they are serving Kochi Metro now. When 5 more new metro stations will be commissioned by September, Kudumbashree will provide 250 more staff. The present ‘women metro team’ are selected through a rigorous process. More than 40,000 candidates appeared for the written exam, and of them 1,077 were called for a personal interview. Kudumbashree members or their families only were allowed to participate. Yes, when Metro grows, opportunities for poor women also enhances.

Best CDS Stories-77 - Karimba, Palakkad (Author : Ciril. K, Chief Accountant - KBFPCL) Updated On 2020-10-22

Karimba is a Grama Panchayat in the Palakkad District, state of Kerala. India, it is situated near the National Highway 213. The largest town in Karimba Panchayath is Kalladikode. It borders with Thachampara, Kongad and Mundur (Grama Panchayath). It was awarded the Nirmal Gram Title (sanitation). It is the local Government organization that serves the villages of Karimba...

Kudumbashree & Local Self Government Institutions should work in tandem for Local Financial Social Development: Shri. M.S Vijayanand, Former Chief Secretary Updated On 2022-07-25

Kudumbashree & Local Self Government Institutions should work in tandem to strengthen the Local Financial Social Development and to deliver the rights and benefits to the poorest of the poor, said Shri. M.S Vijayanand IAS (Retd), Former Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala. He inaugurated the webinar 'Kudumbashree and Local Self-Government Institutions' organized under the auspices of Kudumbashree on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of People's Planning Campaign, on 22 July 2022.


"In the Kudumbashree system, priority is given to the poor. It is necessary to find them and bring them to the mainstream of society by providing them with all the rights and benefits they deserve and reduce the gap with others. The health-education- income generation activity volunteers in the NHGs should be strengthened and their participation should be ensured in the design of the Action Plan of local bodies. The participation of Kudumbashree in health, education, agriculture and employment sectors could be increased partnering with local institutions and the protection of the elderly can be ensured by creating such associations. Implementation of women component projects is also important. The quality of Employment Guarantee Scheme should be increased and the emphasis should be give to the creation of sustainable assets. The greatest strength and achievement of Kudumbashree is the acceptance it has received at the national and international levels. Social, financial and physical capital are essential elements to strengthen this three-tier system. Human resource is yet another capital. Along with this, environmental awareness and civic awareness should also be maintained." He also added that by strengthening the power of local bodies and Kudumbashree, they should advance more strongly in the process of local economic and social development.


Dr. Joy Elamon, Director, Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) presided over the function. Shri. Nishad C.C, State Program Manager, Kudumbashree delivered the welcome speech and Dr. Myna Umaiban, Public Relations Officer, Kudumbashree extended the vote of thanks.

Balasabha members participate in Editing Workshop to create history Updated On 2022-11-17

Twenty Tribal Bala Sabha Members from Kasaragod district are getting trained in Kalaripayattu, Kerala's unique martial art. They are receiving training at the Kudumbashree Tribal Kalari Academy, which was launched on 8 October 2022 as a unique programme of the district as part of the Scheduled Tribe Sustainable Development Project.

For the remaining two days of the week, they come to Kalari Academy and learn the basics with the same enthusiasm as they go to school for five days. The Balasabha members were selected from the CDSs in Parappa Block. The one-year long training is conducted at Anjaneya Kalari Training Centre, a Kudumbashree initiative. Shri. Manikandan Guru is the trainer. The Balasabha members comprising of 12 girls and 8 boys aged between 10 to 18 years are given training which includes self preservation and self defense training.