Livelihood Promotion

Livelihood is the core objective of all developmental initiatives of SWATI and it revolves round promotion of sustainable livelihoods in the sense that all the thematic area of intervention are converged in terms of their impact on promotion of sustainable livelihoods.

WADI Development:
WADI is a composite farming system encompassing homesteads as well as farm lands having combination of perennial tree crops along with seasonal crops for food security and cash income. So in order to create opportunities of sustainable livelihood, SWATI is implementing WADI development project with the support of ITDA, Baliguda covering 375 tribal households in Tikabali block.

Orissa Rural Livelihood Programme (JEEVIKA)
Orissa Rural Livelihood Programme ( JEEVIKA) is being implemented in the watershed areas of Padangi, Gutingia, Kalungia, Padisahi & Boriguda of Tikabali block by SWATI with the support of DRDA, Kondhamal. Taking into account the skill deficit of the villagers and the potential of filling the skill gap in terms of promotion of sustainable livelihoods and the need for promotion of micro-enterprise, the programme has components of skill building, revolving fund support to SHGs, support for creation of community assets.

Promotion of Sustainable Agricultural Practice
Agriculture is the primary occupation of the people of this area & they have been practicing diversified agricultural practices. Different types of pulses, millets, oilseeds, local vegetables, traditional varieties of paddy are cultivated here. Farmers practice organic farming and don't use chemical fertilizers or market seeds. Therefore, agricultural produces of Kondhamal has a great demand for its taste, originality & organic flavor in wider markets of the state. Of late, there has been a shift towards market-oriented agriculture. This practice has damaged autonomy and sustainability of agriculture leading to destruction of traditional seed diversity, crop varieties, cropping pattern, traditional agricultural knowledge and skills. So to conserve and to develop the traditional agricultural practice and to increase production & productivity, SWATI has taken many agricultural measures in this area.

Micro finance and Micro-enterprise Development

*To provide livelihood opportunity to landless farmers and unemployed youth, SWATI has undertaken Micro finance and Micro-enterprise Development programme. This is aimed at promoting self help groups of the women, thrift and credit to address financial needs of the poor families and to gain support for running income generation programmes. The organization has formed 120 SHGs at the village level and given them life skill trainings on different activities, provided fund support to run enterprises, facilitated bank linkage and group entrepreneurship.
*Skill Development
Skill development is necessary for livelihood and efficient use of resources. The project area is full of human resources; but offers almost no opportunity to develop skills. Therefore, the possibility for optimal use of human resources and scope for enhancing production is less and accordingly there is poverty and unemployment. Taking these into account, SWATI has incorporated skill development and capacity building as part of its intervention strategy.