Organizational Development and Capacity Building
SAPPROS emphasizes implementation of development activities through ownership taking be each stakeholder. For this purpose SAPPROS works in developing and implementing activities through self-help type community organization groups. It has formed a total of 3,812 saving and credit groups including 1022 women groups. These groups generate and augment different resources that help in carrying out various income generating activities. Income generating activities will assist the groups to assist their own members and to foster long-term community growth both in terms of food security and overall socio-economic status. As of date a total of 413,800 households have been covered under various projects covering 1,601,300 members. Similarly, a total of 2950 users groups were formed in order to manage and operate community infrastructures.
The skill development training received by the Users Groups has increased the members’ access to income generating activities.It has been observed that participation in these activities have led to positive changes in societal and communal relationships. The children of every member have access to education and farmers have more effective and tangible assets. Formulation of S&C groups empowered the rural women. When women are united into a group, they are more capable of protecting their interests. In many cases, women have successfully raised their voice against gender based violence and become capable to earn higher incomes.
Infrastructure Development (water related)
SAPPROS is prolific in infrastructure development, with years of experience in agro-based productive infrastructure. The organization has helped community to build numerous water supply systems that meet both domestic and productive water requirements. Similarly, it has supported to build rural access roads, livestock sheds, fish ponds, solar green houses, cellar cold store, school building, health posts, bridges/culverts, market collection centers etc. These experiences have been fundamental in increasing the incomes of the poor specially those of women. The advancements emphasize on the development of productive and context-sensitive infrastructures, which not only help to generate income but also are least threatening to the local environment.
Resource Generation and Mobilization
With SAPPROS’ support, saving and credit organizations/groups generate financial resources, including funds for operation and maintenance (O & M) of the infrastructure projects. The communities utilize the funds to increase productive efficiency and market effectiveness, provide soft financing services, manage other resources, and develop and disseminate appropriate technology.
Income generation Activities
SAPPROS, in collaboration with PAF, has been focusing on agricultural production, and value addition, activities as the main source of food production and economic promotion. The major focus has been on activities such as livestock development (goat, buffalo raising), seasonal and off season vegetable production, ginger production, micro enterprise development and fruit orchard development programme.
A total of 60 community forestry projects were implemented covering an area of 181 ha. The projects have encouraged communities to construct Improved Cooking Stoves (ICS) in order to reduce fuel wood consumption and improve environmental sanitation. Similarly, an awareness programme on environment has encouraged the communities to construct biogas plants. The initiation of ICS and biogas helped to reduce the drudgery for women. Efforts were made to link the projects with other service providers to install micro hydro and solar panel sets for electrification.