Vattikuti India Foundation (VIF) has launched Community Led Poverty Alleviation Programme in Assam called “UNNATI”, funded by its parent organization ‘Vattikuti India Foundation (VIF), U.S.A. through its project partner ‘Rashtriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi (“RGVN”). The programme is piloted in two blocks in Assam – Pashim Maagaldoi in Darrang district and Barkhetri in Nalbari district. The unique feature of the programme is to form self help group, provide training on livelihood activity and formulating projects for them, and then arrange loans for them under IDBI. The programme runs on two verticals-Livelihood Enhancement& Financial Inclusion.

Established in April 1990, Rashtriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi, popularly known by its acronym RGVN was established as an autonomous, non-profit organization registered under the Society’s Registration Act of 1860 and headquartered in Guwahati, Assam.

RGVN is a national level multi-state development support organization working in the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura, Sikkim, Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Eastern Uttar Pradesh.

RGVN has been able to groom and support small Community Based Organizations involved in a variety of livelihood enhancement programmes. RGVN’s core strength comes from its network of NGOs, Community Based Organizations and Self Help Groups, a number of whom have now grown and are capable of handling large development projects. RGVN operates through its Regional Offices based out of Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Patna and Raipur and also mobilizes Development Support Teams (DST) from strategic locations. RGVN, also seeks to work on a SHG/Producer group led BC model in the North-Eastern States and expand in Odisha and Bihar.

Vattikuti India Foundation (VIF) has launched Community Led ‘Financial Inclusion and Livelihood Security’, funded by its parent organization ‘Vattikuti India Foundation (VIF), U.S.A. through its project partner ‘Initiatives for Development Foundation (“IDF”). A program initiated in 2010 among rural poor in 12 villages of Kunigal taluk of Tumakuru District, Karnataka in partnership with SBI, NABARD and support from VIRF has been horizontally and vertically expanded in Kunigal and Gubbi taluks. The program focuses on providing a basket of services to the financially excluded sections for developing their capacities in sustainable livelihoods (farm and nonfarm based) and, financial literacy and prudent financial practices.

Established in the year 2001, IDF (Initiatives for Development Foundation) is an NGO pioneered by retired developmental bankers of a reputed public sector bank, all of whom set out with a common objective in mind “Empower the Underprivileged”. It works at the grassroots level for empowerment of the underprivileged sections of the society and does research on developmental issues in India. It works in partnership with the Govt.of India, Govt.of Karnataka, donor organizations and several other social and multi-lateral agencies. In context with the experience that IDF has in working with small and marginal farmers, IDF is currently implementing the MKSP project with the support of Ministry of Rural Development (Govt.of India) in Gubbi Taluk (Tumkur District) and Rayabag Taluk (Belagavi District).

IDF aims to achieve its mission through holistic approaches involving social mobilization, financial inclusion of the excluded sections and, promotion of prudent financial practices and sustainable livelihoods. It promotes sustainable agriculture and natural resource management as means of livelihood improvement among rural poor.

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