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Micro Enterprise Development in India's Tribal Area a Success Story

Updated on October 5, 2011

Story of Empowerment in Forest Poor Area

AAA ( We for Our Health)

AAA’s philosophy is to facilitate peoples self organisation for their own well being & Development. AAA has been working on range of developmental issues including health drinking water, sanitation, education, credit and livelihood activities, water shade development and income generation.



a) Research and Documentation of traditional herbal medicine.

b) Training of community health worker.

c) Running clinic and arranging health camps.

d) Construction of toilet under rural sanitation programme.

e) Repair and maintenance of hand pumps through village youth and women.


a) Working with women self-help group.

b) SHG credit from bank for income generation.

c) Training support for development of women and children in rural areas.

3. Women’s rights on common resources.

4. Scientific honey collection, training and marketing.

5. Organisation of tussar silk cacoone’s producer.

6. Running women co-operative Rani Durgavathi Audhyogic Sahakari Sangh.

7. Create awareness about schemes

a) Joint forest management.

b) Grain Bank.

c) Adivasi Rope Vatica.(Nursery for tribal)

8. Social And Political Initiative

a) Awareness training on Panchayat Raj and tribal self rule.

b) Anti araque movement.( anti-alcohol)

c) Towards total development of village.

Timeline/History of supplier

Organisation started in 1984. Initially we were involved in the movement of people’s rights and women right. This work was concentrated in Armori block of Gadchiroli and Brahmapuri block of Chandrapur district.

Then in 1987 we started on livelihood issues through Self Help Group concept.

That time institution work was spread up in whole Gadchiroli district. Now institution is working in 200 villages in 6 blocks of Gadchiroli District & 2 block of Chandrapur district with the help of 350 women self-help group and 20 men self help group.

Key Achievements

1. Institution has got number of Awards

{ Maharashtra Foundation Awards

{ S.M. Joshi Awards

{ M.M. Gandhi memorial trust Awards.

2. Women activists of organization attended International women conference at Beijing.

3. Institution has good village level rapport and infrastructure.

4. Institution is also member of District, State, National govt. committees.

{ Member of state level committee of NABARD.

{ Member of state level committee of DPED programme.

{ Institution also involved in National Biodiversity Strategy & action plan at national level

Short term goal for the project are, empower the SHG for income generation activity, formation of cluster federation of SHG, develop training centre.

Long term goal of the project are, management of SHG activities by saving, earnings, income generation activities by cluster federation, help in formation of marketing federation for the produce of self-help group.

3 Commercial Viability

Product ranges : - Honey and other herbal produce available in the forest.

4 Communities in Need

Producer community is mainly tribal having plenty of natural resources i.e. forest 76% .They are very poor without education and no facility for health. In this area un-employment is high and number of malnutrition death are very high for new born kids. In this project the community can get at least 100 days of additional employment so that family income can increase. This money goes in hand of women so she can use it for betterment of family. Faith of people will increase. With this money their will be employment generation and development. This will preserve bio-diversity of forest and better management and better return to people.

5 Benefits of Trade

Economic benefits provided to producers

Now tribal get only 100 days of employment on agriculture farm, with this trade they can get additional 100 days of employment and better prices to their produce. Better and higher prices than market.

Non-economic benefits to producers: - Empowerment of women and health, water facilities. Training and development


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