Vattikuti India Foundation
Vattikuti India Foundation is established as a “Non-Profit” organisation under section 8 of Companies Act 2013, with the aim of Poverty Alleviation in rural India. The Foundation started addressing the needs of the rural population in the areas of entitlements, education, employment, enterprise and health and took numerous initiatives for the social and economic uplift of the rural population. After working for the last few years in this area, Vattikuti India Foundation has established that rural community can be skilled at different commercial tasks, and if provided access to capital required for these activities, can move itself out of poverty. Vattikuti Foundation believes that the most important factor to bring people out of poverty is to link them to the mainstream credit, and provide them support for a Livelihood program that can utilize the credit to create income.
In 2010, a pilot program of the Foundation was launched in 2 Taluks in the Tumakuru District of Karnataka, with 240 villages, covering 24,000 families and a population of about 120,000, in association with Initiatives for Development Foundation (IDF), a partner organization which already had the Community organization in place and works on livelihood program in Agriculture.
During the years 2014-15, The Government of Karnataka was seized with the immediate plight of the stressed farmers with a spate of suicides in the state. With an urgent need to address the issue in a holistic and comprehensive manner, the Government invited support from the Corporates and social development organizations in finding both an immediate as well as a long term solution. It is with this view that the Vattikuti India Foundation, along with other NGO partners, offered an integrated programme of ‘Financial Inclusion and Livelihood’ through a Community Based Organization model in Tumakuru District, Karnataka. The Programme was drawn from the wide experience of two similar programs in Kunigal and Gubbi Taluks of Tumakuru District, where with SBI support and an aggressive livelihood initiative, a largely successful, self-sustaining model was achieved. The programme essential component was effective digital monitoring and management. The Vattikuti India Foundation commissioned its technology partner to design and develop a comprehensive Community Based Organization and Financial Inclusion package, digital tool which helps in linking poor farmers to banking system and availing loans for sustainable livelihood activities. At present, the programme is ongoing in Tumakuru Taluk of Tumakuru District, Karnataka together with Syndicate Bank with a target to cover all the 41 Gram Panchayats of Tumukuru Taluk. The programme is being implemented in partnership with IDF (Initiatives for Development Foundation), a Bangalore based NGO.
Similarly, Unnati (A Community Led Poverty Alleviation Programme in Assam) was initiated in 2015-16. Financial Inclusion programme and livelihood activities is ongoing in Darrang and Nalbari districts of Assam covering 224 villages with implementation partner, RGVN (Rashtriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi), a Guwahati based NGO.
As part of its mandate to support the local poor communities in Karnataka and Assam, Vattikuti India Foundation in 2017-18, successfully conducted 9 free general and specialized (eye, gynecology, cancer) health camps in rural areas of Tumakuru district of Karnataka (Tumakuru, Sira, Madhugiri) and Darrang and Nalbari districts of Assam. More than 2200 poor community people have availaed free health consultation and free medicines and 118 eye patients were provided with free cataract surgeries. The health camps were conducted in partnership with MS Ramaiah Hospital and Kidwai Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangalore and Sri Shankar Deb Nethralaya, Guwahati. Department of Health, National Rural Health Mission, District Health Officials support and help was also instrumental from both the states in successfully organising the health camps.
During 2017-18, on the eve of ‘World Cancer Day’ a walkathon to create cancer awareness was organised on 4th February 2018 in collaboration with Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangalore at Kanakapura Taluk. More than 1000 ASHA/Aanganwadi workers, school & college students, farmers and other volunteers participated in the walkathon. The event was widely covered by local print and electronic media.
Vattikuti India Foundation is committed to poverty alleviation in rural belts of Karnataka and other parts of India. As part of its mandate for poverty alleviation, Vattikuti India Foundation is currently undertaking survey/questionnaire in selected regions of Karnataka for initiating Financial Inclusion and Livelihood programme for the poor farmer community. Through this programme, Vattikuti India Foundation plans to develop strong community based institutions and link them to banks for availing government schemes and farmer loans for increasing their income and facilitating sustainable livelihood activities. Based on the survey findings, Vattikuti India Foundation will design the programme and will implement it together with State government and banks support for poverty alleviation in Karnataka.
Foundation, in future, plans to expand its operations and programme in the states of Orissa, Bihar and North East to cover a million people.