Women Empowerment is another major thrust area of Ramky Foundation, which began in November 2006 with the capacity building of rural women in Dundigal Thanda for the formation of Self-help Groups (SHGs). Today, the Foundation’s achievements in the area of economic empowerment of women include - vocational training of rural women in tailoring and embroidery and women entrepreneurship development training programmes. Such programmes have been bringing a ray of hope into the lives of thousands of rural women. The Foundation also conducts awareness programmes for rural women in the areas of food and nutrition, health and hygiene, financial literacy, rights and duties, law and government entitlements.
In 2006, Ramky Foundation took the initiative of creating awareness and imparting training for rural women in food and nutrition in collaboration with the Food and Nutrition Board, Govt. of India. As part of these programmes, women are taught the importance of nutritious food and are trained in the different methods of preparing low-cost nutritious food at home. Till date, these FNB training programmes have been held at Hyderabad, Dundigal, Pharma City Colony at Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Garalpadu and Vinukonda across Andhra Pradesh. Around 500 women have been empowered under this programme.
In collaboration with the Central Board for Workers Education (CBWE), Ramky Foundation has been imparting training to women in financial literacy, domestic safety and environment, health and hygiene, HIV/AIDS, food and nutrition, etc. The first CBWE training was conducted for 60 women from 13th - 15th February, 2007 at Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited’s Hazardous Waste Management Site in Dundigal, Andhra Pradesh. The Foundation was awarded CBWE’s certificate for "Best Cooperative NGO in the Implementation of Workers Education Scheme" for the year 2006-2007.
During 2007-2008, 600 rural women were trained through ten training sessions conducted at Gorijavolu, Thanam, Garalpadu, Champapet, Musapet, Dundigal, Thadi, Piduguralla and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. In 2008-2009, nearly 300 women were trained at Lingamguntla, Machavaram and Piduguralla in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh. On 29th & 30th March, 2010, CBWE training was provided on "Quality of Life" to 20 worker couples at Ramky Sewage Treatment Plant, Nagole.
With the strong belief that financial empowerment is at the core of overall women empowerment, Ramky Foundation launched livelihood enhancement programmes for rural women. In 2008, the Foundation started two coir yarn production training centers in Dachepalli and Guntur. Till date, around 500 women have been trained in these centers in coir yarn production.
The programme aims at creating economic self-reliance among the women by helping them start small-scale coir production units. Training socio-economically backward women in tailoring and embroidery by setting up Fashion Design Centers in rural areas is another popular programme of Ramky Foundation. Efforts are made to ensure that post training, they are able to establish tailoring units on their own and thus enjoy a sustainable income.
On 30th May, 2008, a Sewing Center was inaugurated at Narasaraopeta in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh with 18 sewing machines and 85 trainees. Today, the number has risen to 30 Fashion Designing Centers across Andhra Pradesh. Ramky Foundation has also conducted awareness programmes for the protection and security of women. In Thadi and Thanam villages near Ramky Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma City, Ramky Foundation conducted Mutually Aided Cooperative Thrift Society (MACTS) training to 2,000 women. The ultimate aim of this entrepreneurship development programme is to turn every woman into an entrepreneur and help her lead a self-reliant life.
Our major projects at present are:
Vennela Rural Mart
Rapid growth and rising urbanization have spawned a new class of consumers with more money to spend, and a growing passion for fashion...
Ramky Foundation, with the support of Kurnool District Co-operative Central Bank (KDCCB) is implementing Palavelli program in Kothapalli mandal of Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh...
Adarsha Mutual Aided Co-operative Society
Established in the year 2010, Sri Adarsha MACS is successful in its operation from last 5 years with 1,462 women members, 15 representatives and 5 office bearers. It has current share capital of Rs. 1,83,500...
Ramky Foundation facilitates or catalyses skill development initiatives that can potentially have a multiplier effect. In doing so, it strives to involve the various other stakeholders in all aspects of skill development....
Vennela Rural Mart
Rapid growth and rising urbanization have spawned a new class of consumers with more money to spend, and a growing passion for fashion. In India‘s high-growth, fast-changing retail clothing market, we see significant new growth opportunities for foreign and domestic players. The Apparel Market has recorded 11% of Compound Annual Growth Rate during the last decade.
These factors lead to more demand for tailors by both the individuals as well as industries in order to achieve more production to compete and sustain in the textile market.
Keeping in view the demand for tailors, RF has started “Vennela Rural Mart” in Narasaraopet of Guntur district with the support of NABARD in 2010. An outlet was established to provide services like sale of stitching material, stitching of T-shirts, school uniforms, readymade dresses, blouses, etc, are producing by the women. Ramky Foundation is providing financial support, market linkages, skill development trainings, etc to provide sustainable income to the women beneficiaries.
Due to its efficient quality management in making of products, Vennela Rural Mart is getting orders in large scale by various agencies such as Government schools, corporate companies, individuals, etc. Around 230women are benefitting from Vennela Rural Mart.
Recently, Vennela Rural mart was registered under mutually Aided Cooperative Society Act 1995 as “Guntur District A.P. Vennela Rural Mart Mutually Aided Cooperative Thrift and Credit society Limited (VR MACS), Narasaraopet” with registration No. AMC/GNT/DCO/2015/3492. Now the Society got legal status, strong functional systems and committed work force. The society is also providing loans for about 200 women of Narasaraopet mandal to start petty business, provision shops, purchase sewing machines, cattle, undertake pickle preparation, fruits and loans to vegetables vendors.
- Sustainable livelihood generation to 230 women since its establishment (30 from apparel unit and 200 women who taken loan from Vennela Rural Mart for income generating activities).
- Extension of marketing support to more areas such as Guntur, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, etc, along with Narasaraopet and its nearby areas.
Ramky Foundation, with the support of Kurnool District Co-operative Central Bank (KDCCB) is implementing Palavelli program in Kothapalli mandal of Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh. The Goal of the program is empowerment of Rural Women by providing livelihood opportunities for sustainable income generation through dairying. Ramky Foundation provides the financial and technical support to the beneficiaries in taking up activities related to dairying and cattle management. Total 200 women belonging to 5 villages of Kothapalli mandal were benefitted from the program.
The primary activity of the project is to provide financial and technical support to promote Dairy units to the targeted beneficiaries. The activities covered under the program are mentioned below;
- Mobilization of beneficiaries and formation of Joint Liability Groups (JLGs) in the target villages
- Distribution of loans to beneficiaries in order to take up dairying activity
- Supporting beneficiaries in bank linkages such as opening of Joint Account, etc.
- Facilitation of training programs in order to incorporate best practices in dairy management.
- Facilitating regular filed visits by Veterinary Assistants to examine buffalos’ physical condition and further treatment process.
- Follow up activities on loan repayment.
- Claiming for animal insurance where ever required.
- Facilitating linkages with milk collection agents and other marketing agencies
- Formation of 40 JLGs covering 200 women beneficiaries
- Loan distribution to 200 beneficiaries and for taking up dairying activity.
Adarsha Mutual Aided Co-Operative Society
Established in the year 2010, Sri Adarsha MACS is successful in its operation from last 5 years with 1,462 women members, 15 representatives and 5 office bearers. It has current share capital of Rs. 1,83,500. All the members of MACS are from surrounding villages of Pharma city.
- Encourage and afford all facilities for cultivating the habit of thrift and savings among members.
- Liaise with related agencies such as governments, regulatory authorities, financial institutions, banks, national and international development agencies, federal cooperatives, local bodies etc for obtaining any benefit or promoting interests of the members and the society.
- Promote the concept of thrift and credit as an integral component of community development program and assist in promotion of viable, sustainable thrift and credit societies for interested and needy people and wherever possible.
- To improve its economic conditions through commodity sales.
- Collaborate with cooperative, financial and development organizations in financial, technical terms and promote subsidiary of new organizations.
- Invest its resources including surplus funds in shares and securities, movable and immovable properties in non-speculative manner for the advantage of the society.
- Undertake any activity and provide necessary services for the welfare of its members.
Activities of Adarsha MACS in the Financial Year 2015-16
- With the help of RF, MACS has established an Apparel unit through which RF has provided 9360 Man days’ work to the women from surrounding villages. Currently 55 women were regularized in apparel unit with an average work order of Rs.1.50 Lakhs to 2.00 Lakhs per month.
- RF supported MACS in initiating departmental store in JNPC campus through which, they are supplying the groceries to the companies as well as surrounding villages at minimum margins. At present turnover of MACS through this store is Rs.2.00 lakhs per month.
- MACS has established “Phenol and Toilet cleaner making unit” which has provided 850 Man days’ work to the women from surrounding villages. Currently 6 women were regularized in the unit with an average work order of Rs.1.00 -1.25 Lakhs per month.
- Maintenance of 2 Reverse Osmosis Plants and supply of RO Water to Thadi & Thanam Villages
- Mobile stores in surrounding villages of Pharma city
- Green belt development in Thadi and Thanam
Ramky Foundation facilitates or catalyses skill development initiatives that can potentially have a multiplier effect. In doing so, it strives to involve the various other stakeholders in all aspects of skill development.
Our approach is to develop skills among women and youth whist partnerships with multiple stakeholders and build long-term associations. To scale up efforts necessary to achieve the objective of skilling / up-skilling people, the RF strives to:
- Develop low cost, high-quality training with innovative business models
- Attract significant linkages which enable the long-term development
- 3E: Employment-Employability-Entrepreneurship
- To generate employment opportunities for weaker sections of society by providing them skill based trainings
- To connect the trained women/beneficiaries to capital and job markets for their sustainable livelihoods.
- Enhanced Skill Development programs & follow-up training to impart skills required for advance level of activities
RF’s Initiatives (2015 – 16)
- Skill based training programs for women on textile and apparels sector skills
- Skill based training for women in making of Phenol and toilet cleaner.
- Promotion of Community Based Organizations and its capacity building
- Trainings to employees /workers in Ramky sites on capacity building such as Fire safety,
- Personality development trainings such as stress management, work culture, positive thinking,
- Training to Adarsha MACS women on RO plant maintenance in order to supply safe and pure drinking water to the people.
- Formation of Mutually Aided Cooperative Societies: 2 units
- Income generation to women through 2 MACS: 1450 beneficiaries
- Formation of new CBOs: 242 groups
- Strengthening of CBOS: 25355 beneficiaries
- Loan support for Micro enterprises: 885 beneficiaries
Accelerated Development of Minor Irrigation Project
Department of Water Resources Investigation and Development, Government of West Bengal awarded Support Organizations to Ramky Foundation, to work in 4 districts in the implementation of Accelerated Development of Minor Irrigation Project funded by World Bank. Ramky Foundation has been assigned the task as Support Organisation to facilitate enhancing agricultural productivity of small and marginal farmers, organize the beneficiary farmers into Water User Associations (WUA) to resume responsibilities of Management, operation and maintenance of scheme, facilitation & preparation of Scheme Development and management plans, facilitation & implementation of Agriculture Support Services and e-project is Rs. 3 Crores. Ramky Foundation has been facilitating the following activities under capacity building, promoting effective functioning and fostering of Water User Associations.
Project Goals & Objectives:
- Facilitate community mobilization for formation of WUA
- Facilitate participation and strengthening of community based institutions for successful implementation and sustainability of the project
- Foster capacity building for project staff and other relevant functionaries to help increase capability to provide long-term support and monitor the activities of WUAs
- Assist in expanding farm based livelihood options to increase productivity of existing farm based livelihood practices by building capacity of farmers and fishermen, by bringing convergence in activities of line departments
Ramky Foundation has appointed a 5 member team who work closely with the DPU/PMU teams, in terms of the activities to be undertaken and the scope of achieving project tasks.
Andhra Pradesh Minor Irrigation Tank Management Project
Ramky Foundation provides consulting services as the Nodal Support Organization for WUA Sustainability Monitoring in the prestigious Andhra Pradesh Community based Tank Management project. As a Nodal Support Organization, it works in Krishna District to enable institutional sustainability of all WUAs through increased collection of water tax, corpus fund and WUA monitoring & management. Ramky Foundation is committed to enhance WUAs capacity towards maintaining sustainable tank management system and fosters participatory approach towards O&M of tanks and water management. It understands the training needs of WUAs, thereby facilitating efficient learning outcomes.
Project Goals & Objectives:
- To increase availability and efficient usage of water for enhancing crop productivity
- To facilitate improved tank based livelihood support through integration and adoption of agriculture and allied activities
- To increase cooperation among various stakeholders in the Tank management value chain thereby building a partnership approach
We adopt an institution building approach to enhance the existing capacity of the WUAs through a value-laden professional approach. Ramky Foundation conducts objective assessment of WUAs through field visits thereby proposing appropriate interventions based on desired objectives of the project. SWOT analysis of each WUA and focused interventions are conducted to strategize and capitalize on the strengths of WUAs for their sustainability. We facilitate WUAs in conducting crop water budgeting workshops and promote efficient water use methods. Ramky Foundation acts as knowledge partner with specific focus on agribusiness planning and implementation.
Rajiv Gandhi Participatory Irrigation and Agriculture Development Programme
Water Conservation Department, Government of Maharashtra is implementing a Pilot project “Rajiv Gandhi Participatory Irrigation and Agricultural Development Programme (RGPIADP)” funded through RKVY. This programme is proposed to implement on existing Minor irrigation schemes constructed by Minor irrigation (Local Sector). 19 schemes of 25 have been given to Ramky Foundation in 3 circles of Maharashtra namely Nagpur, Amravati and Aurangabad.
Ramky Foundation has partnered with a local NGO Apeksha Homeo Society in implementing this project. The project implementation started in October 2012. The duration of the project is for 18 months i.e., from September 2012 to Feb 2014.
Project Goals & Objectives:
- To increase the irrigated area
- To completely utilize available water
- To increase the cropping intensity
- Repair of Headwork and Distribution system
- Formation and registration of Water Users Association
- Handing over schemes for operations and maintenance (for an initial period of five years)
- Capacity Building of WUA as well as beneficiaries
Impact of the Project:
- Increase in Irrigated area
- Increased area under indirect irrigation
- Increase in Agricultural produce, thereby increase in income
- Improved Living standard of beneficiaries
Convergence of Agriculture Intervention in Maharashtra (CAIM)
Ramky Foundation acts as an Implementation Agency for the Project. The project is funded by International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), Department of Agriculture, Govt. of Maharashtra and Sir Ratan Tata Trust. The project envisages enabling rural poor to overcome poverty by developing sustainable means, so as to increase their socio economic status. In order to achieve the goal, the target group from the same socio-economic status form groups like JLGs, SHGs, VDCs.These groups are encouraged to undertake micro enterprises activities (on and off farm), SSI, SMEs that are linked to the market. The overall goal of the Programme is to contribute to the development of resilient production, sustainable and diversified households, on-farm and off-farm livelihoods, allowing households to face production and market risks without falling back into poverty and distress.
Project Goals & Objectives:
- Improve household incomes from diversified farming and off-farm activities
- Render farming systems resilient with the introduction of organic and low-input contract farming
- Facilitate the involvement of farmer groups in primary processing, quality enhancement and marketing
- Empower women through micro-finance and micro-enterprises and
- Achieve convergence of government programmes and resources
- Institutional Capacity Building & Partnerships
- Market linkages & Sustainable Agriculture and
- Programme Management