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  • Economic Development

  • MSME Creation

    Medium Enterprises
    Specialized training programmes are designed and implemented by Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust for potential entrepreneurs to initiate, manage and diversifying their medium level of enterprises. With an investment of Rs.5 million and above, these entrepreneurs are in varied sectors of business like automobile, pharmaceuticals, garment exports, etc. Entrepreneurs are also trained to increase the productivity and efficiency of existing business.
    Small Enterprises
    With decades of experience and expertise in Entrepreneurship Development, Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust offers special training for “Small Scale Entrepreneurs.” The focus is on selecting the business, based on market demand. With a minimum investment of Rs. 5,00,000, each of these entrepreneurs further employs at least four people. While they are from urban as well as rural areas, their products range from chemical making to water softeners, mobile phones, plastics, stationery, spices, etc.
    Micro Enterprises
    A large segment of population of India and other developing countries is illiterate and unemployed. Lack of education renders them incapable to take up jobs. Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust trains them to create their own micro enterprises with an investment of Rs.3000 and more. These people, including tribals, are trained at their doorstep – wherein they are taught to conduct a market survey and select products as per their demand. These products and services are on lower side technologywise, but certainly have a demand, such as – Snacks, Cutlery, Confectionery, Plastic Toys, Fruits & Vegetables, Hosiery, Cold Drinks, Artificial Jewellery, Bead Work, Cow Rearing, Animal Feed, Embroidery, Tiffin Service, Flower Stall, Poultry, etc

  • Marketable Skill Dev. for Employment

    The phenomenon of growing unemployment has, of late, emerge as a major problem. An accelerated expansion of employment opportunities is necessary both for poverty alleviation and effective utilization of human resources for economic and social development of the country. During the last two decades, employment has grown at a fast rate, but due to a faster increase of labor force, the backlog of unemployment has been rising. Unemployment for the vast bulk of youth including women in slums and villages is counter-productive to their empowerment. Unemployment is a significant cause of poverty. Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust, with the help of British Gas and Gujarat Gas implemented a pilot project which was launched in Guptanagar in Ahmedabad and in Bharuch slums in India. This project explored ways and means of creating new jobs and raising workers’ productivity and income.

  • Women Enterprise Development

    To develop potential women as entrepreneurs To encourage and establish women in income generation activities by providing opportunities in the non-farm sector To enable them to become financially independent by equipping them to establish and successfully manage their own ventures. Women play a very crucial role in the overall development process. Therefore, Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust lays special emphasis on providing entrepreneurial training to uplift the economic condition and status of women. One of the core areas of Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust’s activities is the Women Enterprise Development Programme (WEDP) to help create, promote and manage Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. It encompasses: Enhancing entrepreneurial competencies Assistance in project identification and management for effective resource mobilization Extending technical, financial and policy support to women entrepreneurs. This enables women to become involved in income generating activities and contribute financially to their family, thus becoming financially independent.

  • Poverty Alleviation

    Millions of poor in rural areas have neither access nor opportunities to break free from the shackles of poverty. Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust offers them such an opportunity by sensitizing, motivating and developing them to become economically independent through capacity building for employment and self employment. This has broken the myth that poor and illiterate cannot become successful entrepreneurs. Target Population – Tribal, Rural Areas & Urban slums The population of tribal & rural areas and urban slums of India is a symbol of energy, vigor, enthusiasm, hope – and an invaluable human resource on whom depends the future and stability of the country. It is a sad situation indeed that the employment opportunities have not been able to keep up with the growth in population leading to rising unemployment figures on one hand and demotivated individuals engaged in unproductive activities on the other. This target group, especially of 18-29 years age group, whether male or female, would be invariably married and also into parenthood. Lack of education/ skills makes them unfit for most of the employment (except for those which require unskilled physical labour) whereas the lack of capital, guidance and knowledge causes hindrance in the way of any meaningful enterprise.

  • Mother’s micro enterprise creation - a solution to child labour

    Child labour exists because of a complex variety of reasons. Foremost amongst them would perhaps be the social acceptance of child labour as an inevitable consequence of poverty. Child labour is often seen to be inevitable in the context of a developing country that has pervasive poverty. Thus on the one hand it is argued that in India child labour cannot end until poverty ends. But on the other hand poverty itself is a function of human capital development. As child labour depresses human capital formation, the continuance of child labour on the grounds of poverty helps perpetuate it.When we look for possible solutions for ending child labour in the country, the primary area of focus ought to be the sensitization of society about the causes and implications of child labour that would lead to a greater awareness about child labour. Nevertheless the role that low family incomes play in pushing children into work cannot be underestimated. A fall in incomes and simultaneous increases in family expenditures occur when children are rehabilitated from work and enrolled into schools. An important area of work that Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust therefore decided to take up in India was to develop strategies for promoting a range of options for augmenting incomes of families by providing opportunities for increasing the income of the women in the family, especially of the mothers of the children rehabilitated. Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust first developed a draft training package that could be used to train trainers drawn from various organizations that have rehabilitated and mainstreamed children into schools, to build up their capacity to train mothers of child labourers on setting up and running micro enterprises. After many rounds of discussions and many revisions of the draft, the package was pilot tested in a workshop held at Ahmedabad. Thereafter these trained social workers were supported to identify and train mothers of children who had been rehabilitated from work. The training package was pilot tested on 100 mothers and the feed back there from was whetted at another workshop of the 5 participating NGOs. This training package has now been used widely to train a large number of mothers across the country whose children have been rehabilitated from work.

  • Technological entrepreneurship

    Recognising Information Technology (IT) as an important vehicle in the development of the country, the government has resolved to make India a global IT superpower and a frontrunner in the age of Information Revolution. The impressive growth achieved since mid 80’s in the area of IT is still a small proportion of the potential yet to be achieved. IT is considered as the agent for transformation of every facet of human life, which will bring about a knowledge-based society in the future. Gujarat is the land of enterprise, of spirit of cooperation, of pragmatism, and practical wisdom. Gujarat has the best infrastructure facility and has the longest OFC network in the country. To achieve an immense growth in IT sector it is important to encourage the starting and growth of companies. Business Enterprise Development is a dynamic process of nurturing young firms, helping them to survive and grow during the start-up period, when they are vulnerable. Hence, foreseeing the tremendous business opportunities for young and educated people, Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust initiated the “Entrepreneurship Development Programme for IT Entrepreneurs.” These programmes sponsored by Entrepreneurship Development Board, Ministry of Science and Technology offered training to the potential entrepreneurs with IT background for venturing systematically in IT segments.

  • Business Development Services

    The non-financial services needed for enterprises at various stages of their existence, from start-up to growth, are termed as Business Development Services (BDS). It refers to the provision of information, knowledge, skills and advice on various aspects of an enterprise. BDS can be defined as a conscious action performed by the BDS provider for the benefit of the receiver. With globalization and increasing competition, the need has been felt to provide better management techniques, new technologies and novel approaches for developing micro and small businesses through well designed Business Development Services(BDS) initiatives. Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust, with the support of International Labour Organization (ILO) under the Ireland Aid Partnership Programme, implemented a pilot project on the demand and supply of Business Development Services (BDS), in one of the most, entrepreneurially advanced states of Gujarat, in India. The aim was to identify the needs for capacity building of BDS providers for effective delivery of BDS to potential and existing women entrepreneurs.

  • Social Development

  • Health Programmes

    Preventive interventions Curative interventions Health exhibitions and awareness-creation for adolescent health, safe drinking water and hygiene Health camps for women and children with focus on safe motherhood nutrition and child care in rural and tribal areas Medicine check ups / camps / distribution of medicine Training of Self Help Group(SHG) health workers Timely medical services through mobile vans and doctor

  • Education and Literacy Prog

    Specially designed Functional literacy programmes for Adults including reading, writing and numeric skills Strengthening Anganwadis (Pre-primary School) by providing proper nutrition, better learning environment and opportunities to stimulate creative talent. Human rights and gender advocacy interventions through sensitization and awareness creation

  • Human Rights

    Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust interventions focused on making people understand their basic rights. The following activities were conducted : Awareness camps on human rights specially women and child rights Generating awareness on rights towards education, health, basic life and violence towards women Awareness camps on consumer rights relating to adulteration, weights and ensures and product expiry Awareness on life and general insurance schemes Specially designed Functional literacy programmes for Adults including reading, writing and numeric skills Strengthening Anganwadis (Pre-primary School) by providing proper nutrition, better learning environment and opportunities to stimulate creative talent. Human rights and gender advocacy interventions through sensitization and awareness creation

  • Water & Sanitation

    These programmes focused on increasing people’s awareness of hazards arising out of poor upkeep of surrounding environment and use of unhygienic drinking water. Activities include: Awareness camps on clean water, waste water disposal, importance and impact of cleanliness Rain water harvesting structures Developing soak pits and kitchen gardens Tree plantation, afforestation for better environment Cleaning of streets and community places Sanitation facilities

  • Community Mobilisation

    A UNIQUE CONCEPT Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust has developed a unique concept of forming village level and block level institutions called Community based Organizations (CBOs). CBOs of rural women is the tool of Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust to lead women towards sustainable socio-economic empowerment and better living. Self Help Groups (SHGs) are formulated at grassroots level. The SHGs are serving as an effective means of initiating economic emancipation and are also ushering in social transformation in a big way, empowering women to liberate themselves from existing social evils. The model aims at empowering women, poverty alleviation and creation of better standards of living.

  • Gender Equity

    Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust works towards gender equity, in which women have more socio-cultural, economic and political opportunities, enabling them to take crucial decisions that affect them and their families For this, Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust: Continues to provide market oriented skill training to women and adolescent girls Involving women in activities such as saving, thrift & credit, skill training and income generation activities Integrating adult literacy with skill training and income generation, or making literacy a precondition for skill training and income generation activities Developing leadership with the communities and linking them with government and on-government facilities

  • Social Security

    Social Security of Women through Insurance Rural Women are at a disadvantage in accessing funds due to lack of exposure, low level of literacy and unfamiliarity with bureaucratic procedures. They face uncertainty like death of earning member of the family, disability, loss of livelihood assets and sometimes-major health problems. To protect such groups, Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust joined hands with Insurance companies and FICCI –CARE and identified relevant insurance schemes, both for life and other risks like earthquake / floods / other calamities.

  • Women Empowerment

  • Women in cottage industries

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  • Women in cottage industries

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  • Women in MSME

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  • Women in community organizations

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  • Women in rural politics

    Most of the women elected in Local Governance at the village level are not educated, thereby lacking exposure or specific leadership skills. Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust works to build leadership and vision amongst these women leaders for effective functioning through : Advocacy and awareness building for women rights and opportunities Creating awareness about roles and responsibilities of elected women in local self government Creating counseling cell to support women leaders Education and capacity upgradation of village heads/ “women sarpanch” towards need-based socio-economic empowerment of villages Building of specific skills of women sarpanch to discharge their duties effectively.

  • Women- Science & Technical Grads

    India is facing an interesting economic scenario where entrepreneurship Development has emerged as an effective measure to develop micro and small enterprises and to generate employment. Entrepreneurship driven companies are increasingly gaining prominence, especially in the Science & Technology sector where entrepreneurs have built global operations. Many with science and technical background have realized the need for entrepreneurship, however the non-availability of professional courses for enterprise management is the bottleneck they face. Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust has taken up the challenge to offer such training courses based on its experiences of developing entrepreneurs over the last two decades. So far, the centre has already conducted several Entrepreneurship Development programmes for women with Science & Technology background – at national / regional level with the support of National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) and the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology. In the context, Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust has developed specific approaches and training modules to initiate and enable successful enterprise development amongst these graduate women. The course contents are continuously updated, including the instruction material – as per the development taking place at global standards.

  • Technical dissemination & support for women

    Technical skill upgradation for Handicapped women through Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust garment training centre As per the increase in demand for trained workforce (especially women) in the modern and export oriented garment sector, Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust has trained women in modern garment technology. Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust is well equipped with a training centre, having modern garment production machinery ranging from simple sewing machines to various sophisticated, numerically controlled (computerized) machines. The centre has a full time training team to facilitate the training process. Under Shiv Shakti Manav Seva Trust’s Garment Skill Upgradation programme, specific training is conducted for Apang Manav Mandal, wherein physically challenged girls are trained to manufacture various types of garments. 35 handicapped girls were iridially trained. We then conducted technical skill upgradation training in garments for other men and women.