Livelihoods

Our goal: Supporting grassroots development

Striking differences can be found when looking at India’s economic reality. In recent years, the country has gone through major economic growth to become one of the world’s largest economies. Yet at the same time, rural poverty is increasing as most economic growth is concentrated in urban areas. The rural poor depend on agriculture – it is the only way of bringing bread to the table for almost 70% of these communities. Yet, the potential of such rural communities to participate in the country’s economic development has yet to be fulfilled, and this is where ACTED comes into play.

To fight the imbalance between rural/urban economies, and formal/informal markets, at ACTED we work to bring new opportunities to unskilled workers and local businesses. We support them by building their entrepreneurial capacities in order for them to manage successfully their businesses. In this way, ACTED is working to transform an informal workforce into skilled entrepreneurs, ready to meet market demands. We believe in the potential of those who are often forgotten but striving to escape poverty and encourage entrepreneurship among those who have yet to be given a chance to reach their full potential.

 

Our work

  • Conducting value chain assessments;
  • Supporting fish farming and kitchen gardening livelihood activities;
  • Facilitating micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and self-help groups (SHGs) to develop individual business plans;
  • Promoting business registration, licensing and certification of MSMEs;
  • Building the business management, technical and marketing capacities of MSMEs;
  • Awareness on environmental sensitivity and equal employment opportunities.