The Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Program (SVEP) is the sub-scheme under the National Rural Livelihoods Mission initiated by the Ministry of Rural Development with the objective of encouraging entrepreneurship initiatives among the rural youth in the country. SVEP intends to support rural start-up entrepreneurs by training them to choose the right enterprise to start and run it, making available loans through SHGs for starting the enterprise and subsequently linking them to banks for additional funds for expansion and supporting them for the initial six months of its business to ensure sustainability of the enterprise. For this purpose, a pool of block level community cadre will be trained in business management to support the rural poor to set up their enterprises and handhold them in the initial six months of start-up. The program intends to fill the gaps of a missing knowledge, incubation and finance eco-system to address the obstacles faced by first generation entrepreneurs.
In the year 2016, Kudumbashree NRO was entrusted with the task of implementing SVEP in Kerala along with three other states- Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Bihar by NRLM. The MEC model implemented by Kudumbashree in Kerala and in partner states was among the models that went into the design of SVEP. Kudumbashree NRO played a crucial role in the development of the concept of SVEP.
Kudumbashree NRO has been implementing SVEP in Kerala, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Bihar since 2016. It has also been entrusted to implement SVEP in four more states- Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.
|No. of states||8|
|No. of districts||37|
|No. of blocks||15|
|No. of panchayats||1363|
|No of CRP-EPs trained||243|
|No. of mentors||60|