Livelihood

After initial work on social mobilisation, institution building and medical rehabilitation the Trust focussed on livelihoods of PWD. Livelihoods activities are mainly centered on credit access to PwDs, especially on mobilisation of community investment fund (CIF) from SERP and SHG-Bank Linkage programme. ‘Commitments’ staff provide information and input on such linkages to SHGs and MVS members and work on building their confidence and capacity to approach these institutions. Several of the PwDs have been able to access employment under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. A program for skill development of PwDs and/or of their parents through training centers to take up some new income generation activity is being worked out.

Trust enabled the SHGs access to credit to 114 PWD SHGs, a loan amount of Rs. 7,100,000 from banks and Rs. 8,500,000 grant under Community Investment Fund (CIF) from Government which serves as a “seed” capital for the PWD SHGs to engage in livelihoods. In addition all 8 MVSs are getting Rs.800,000 each as annual management grant from SERP (GoAP).

The SHG members could also access 4,589 social security pensions which is about 90% of PWDs in SHGs, 3,383 job cards to PWD SHG members to work under MGNREGS.

'Commitments’ have tax-exempt status in India, entitling the donations made to it to qualify for exemption Under Section 80 G of Income Tax Act, 1961. Similarly ‘Commitments’ possesses registration granted by Govt.of India, Ministry of Home Affairs under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976 to receive donations and contributions from Foreign Donors and Agencies.

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