ESAF has been selected as the implementing partner for the project Sanchar Sakthi scheme, in Kerala and Tamil Nadu along with Sasken Communication and Technology Group.
Sanchar Sakthi project was launched by Honourable President Smt. Pratibha Patil early this week in New Delhi. The project is a DOT-USOF’s ‘Scheme for Mobile Value Added Service (VAS) and Information Communication Technology (ICT) related Livelihood Skills for Women’s SHGs in rural India.’
In the Vyaparsewa project, which is part of Sanchar Sakthi, products of SHGs in Tamil Nadu and Kerala will be marketed with the help of NGOs in Delhi. The products include food products like pickles, honey, and medicinal products.
During the launch a hand-made Shawl (made of pure cotton threads and golden zari border) weaved by an ESAF SHG member named Nagamanickam (Ganga Sangam based in Chittoor, Palakad) was used to drape, Her Excellency President of India. “ This shows a growing recognition of SHG products in the country. Using an ESAF member’s hand-made shawl to honour the president is a prestigious occasion for ESAF and our members” says K. Paul Thomas, Managing Director, ESAF Microfinance. He added that this would encourage other SHG members across India to come up with more quality products.
ESAF signs MOU with Jharcraft
K. Paul Thomas added that ESAF has big plans in developing the handicraft skills of Jharkhand artisans. He pointed out that “Recently, an ESAF artisan, Subash Hansda, won State Award for the best artisan in Jharkhand from the Chief Minister Arjun Munda. This shows that the efforts put in by ESAF is bearing fruits”.
ESAF has now signed an MOU with Jharcraft (Jharkhand Silk, Textile & Handicraft Development Corporation Ltd.), for working together in Training, Value Adding and promoting craft & related activities in Santhal Pargana region of Jharkhand. The MOU was signed between Shri. Dhirendra Kumar (IFS), Managing Director – Jharcraft and Additional Secretary for Silk, Textile & Handicrafts, Jharkhand Govt and K. Paul Thomas, Executive Director, ESAF.
ESAF will also implement various Social Security Schemes for the 2 Lakhs artisans of Jharcraft in Jharkhand. An elaborate plan is on the anvil for developing at least 7 craft clusters in the coming financial year and to train more than 2000 Artisans in various crafts. These programs will be supported by Jharkhand Govt through Jharcraft; and NABARD will also support some of these programs.