Ultra Poor graduation

In Maheshpur we are working with 401 Ultra Poor families of the area under Ultra Poor Graduation Program. This was the last financial year of the project and evaluation was done by KPMG in the month of February 2019. Because the project succeeded in graduating the Ultra Poor families we are here again to continue with program and to turn those families into entrepreneurs.
Preparing seed bed for tomato cultivation at vill- Abhua

In FY 2017-18 we had distributed smart phones to 250 families given by TATA Communication. The smart phone had a POP App on vegetable cultivation. With the help of this App those families cultivated vegetables and the yield was 7 times more then before (without using POP App). Now we are continuing with project, but this time our participants will use technology, with help of smart phone to cultivate vegetable as well as rear livestock.

Gulapi Devi (earlier a ultra poor woman) now at her shop in village - Narayangar

Major activities carried out in this financial year in both the blocks (2018-19)
SL Activity Maheshpur Littipara Total
1 Livelihood planning and entitlement survey 401 HH 1096 1497
2 SHG inclusion 24 Ultra Poor SHGs 105 SHGs 129 SHGs
3 Training on Organic Practice 24 Villages Not done Total 360 PP
4 Training on Use of Internet 226 PPs N/A 226 PPs
5 Bitter guard cultivation using POP App 3 (4 villages) N/A 48
6 Training on goat rearing 148 PPs 22 villages and 35 PPs 183 PPs + 22 villages
7 Individual insurance 227 767 994
8 Crop insurance 99 439 538
9 Vaccinations goat N/A
10 Training on SHG Management, Livestock and Life Skills 10 trainings in 15 villages
11 Training on Organic Practice 2 4 Villages 17 villages 41 villages
12 Pahariya Pension N/A 288 288
13 Awas benefit Not done 153 153
14 Widow , old age and disability Pension 45 49 94

In Littipara we have to work with 3100 PVTG households under Trickle Up- JSLPS MOU. In this FY we did the basic entitlement survey of 1097 HH and identified 29 PVTG Change Makers. We have also started little bit of livelihood intervention with them.

There are many NGOs who distribute seeds, fertilizers, trees and so on free of cost to PVTG communities. It seems they are empanelled with JTDS, Pakur. We, TU and PRAVAH do not give them anything as such. Even government also gives hem many thins free of cost, somehow these welfare approach of NGOs and Government is making PVTG community less responsible for themselves and more lazy, they want things free of cost. However we are working on convergence to entitle them with government schemes but it takes time, whereas they, PVTG community wants immediate benefit. As other tribes, Pahariyas, have community living ; they work together to help each other. For any activity we try to make them work together or collaborate in their own development.

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