Connecting communities to the market economy
Strengthening value chains helps to integrate small-scale rural producers with market actors and improves product quality and the ability to earn higher prices for their produce, creating sustainable sources of income.
Linkages with market actors allow community structures to tailor their produce to the needs of the market. Production groups prepare production plans together with forward and backward market actors, whereby market information such as demand, quality, price, time, and input availability are made accessible. The information is critical for producers to produce demand-driven products that have higher profitability.
Improving access to finance
To improve access to finance for beneficiaries who have received trade and vocational skills, group savings and credit schemes are promoted within Small Groups and adolescent networks (SAMVAD and Shonglap). The availability of credit facilities at low interest rates (determined by the communities themselves) allows impoverished families to obtain loans to develop their livelihoods. Our interventions also creates linkages with co-operatives and financial service providers.