“The Sujeevana programme being implemented by IDF in Kunigal for farm livelihood security is successful because of whole hearted involvement of the poor community under Sujeevana SHG Federation and we see that our efforts and resources are yielding results” said Raj Vattikuti, Founder Chairman of Vattikuti India Relief Foundation.
He was speaking on the occasion of the large congregation of SHGs of women and men at Santemavattur on 7th Feb 2014, organized for recognizing the best performing groups in livelihoods and financial inclusion.
Sujeevana programme is designed and implemented by Initiatives for Development Foundation, an NGO founded by development bankers and farmers, with support from Vattikuti Foundation. Under the programme more than 32 thousand poor women and men engaged are organized into SHGs and have progressively adopting pesticide free agriculture and livestock based sustainable livelihoods to move out of poverty. They organized themselves into a Taluk level federation and are institutionally enabling wholesome financial inclusion, local seed conservation and collective marketing. IDF with the Federation enabled the groups to access more than Rs 138 crores of credit under Kisan Credit Card and SHG loan from the State Bank of India, Kunigal branch since last four years. The community wanted the programme extended to similar poor families in the neighboring taluks to help them move out of poverty.
The best performing groups in all these activities were recognized and were given sprayer units to 72 groups from all the 36 Grama Panchayaths of Kunigal taluk.
Sri UttamNayak, Country Head of Visa for South Asia and Vishal Narval, Director, Financial Inclusion Payment Services, Visa India, Air Marshal Joseph Neri (Retd), Director of Vattikuti Foundation were chief guests. Visa is the multinational financial services corporation from California, US, and a market leader in facilitating electronic fund transfer. They interacted with the community, keenly observing how the groups transact financially, how the system can be de-risked; software used by the groups using tablets. This system is developed by Altimetrik, a software company based in Bangalore with domain intelligence from IDF.
Sharing her experiences as a group member, Smt Saraswathi from Chowdankuppe village pointed that she multiplied the two goats she purchased through the SHG credit to a herd of 12 goats, additionally purchased a cow with subsequent credit cycles and incremental income. She is now able to support the collegiate education of her two daughters besides achieving decent standard of life in the village, having a total livelihood asset of Rs 90,000/- after she joined the programme. Echoing similar experiences, Sri Ramesh, a small farmer from Jinnagara stated small producers like him have come out of poverty, and escaped from the clutches of exploitative money lenders, empowered to access affordable finance from the banks and hoped that they will continue their organized institutional system to support themselves.
Sri Vivekanand N Salimath, Managing Trustee of IDF welcomed and Sri TV Srikantha Shenoy, Executive Trustee of IDF, proposed vote of Thanks. Sri Kempegowda ML compered the programme, Sri AlokSubudhi, Chief Executive of Altimetrik, Sri Sathyamadav, Project Executive of IDF were present.