Andhra Pradesh, situated in the south eastern coast of India is the seventh largest state according to area. It has a population of 8.46 crore with 66.64% of it living in the rural areas and the rest in urban. The state’s literacy rate is 67.02% according to the 2011 census. It has an SC population of 16.40% and ST population of 7%. Andhra Pradesh economy is mainly based on agriculture and livestock with over 60% of the population engaged in agriculture and related activities. The state has 21590 gram panchayats, 1097 block panchayats and 22 district panchayats. The state rural livelihood mission of Andhra Pradesh known as SERP (Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty) was established by the state government in the year 2000 to implement rural development projects through social mobilization and by providing livelihood opportunities.
Kudubashree NRO will be working with SERP (Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty) for implementing the Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Program
Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Program
The MoU between SERP and Kudambashree NRO for the purpose of implementing SVEP in two blocks in Srikakulam district was signed in November, 2017. Rajam and Narasannapeta are the two blocks, which consist of five mandals each. A state-level stakeholder orientation workshop was conducted in Vijayawada immediately afterwards. Three mentors from Kudumbashree NRO were engaged in the field to coordinate mobilization, selection and orientation of Community Resource Persons for Enterprise Promotion (CRPs-EP).
The CRPs-EP were engaged in the data collection process for the preparation of Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) about each block before actual enterprise development processes are put in place. An enterprise census was conducted to cover all the enterprises in each block. A sample household survey and a sample enterprise survey were conducted to calculate the demand-supply gap in the block for the purpose of arriving at potential number of enterprises to be supported under SVEP. Focussed group discussions were also conducted with support from SERP with representatives from the SHG federations at the mandal level to understand potential areas of enterprise development in the block. Data from various government sources were also collected as part of the field level data collection process for DPR.
The field level data collection was completed in Srikakulam by the end of December, 2017. The DPRs will be submitted for approval to NRLM in February, 2018.
Kudumbashree NRO will be supporting SVEP implementation in two more blocks, Tanuku in West Godavari district and Markapuram in Prakasham district. The CRP-EP selection process and DPR data collection will be initiated by the beginning of February, 2018 in these two blocks.