Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your innovation.
Partnerships with government and NGO partners enable the development of a two-fold and complimentary process: the creation of new policy by working with those in positions of power at the state level; and the ability to implement that policy through a dense network of social actors at the grassroots level. These grassroots activists, affiliated with partner NGOs across the state, are in the position to identify qualified single women and ensure an efficient and transparent process for implementation of the plan. The business plan for these households relies upon an integrated economic model that utilizes government programs for micro-credit, rural employment guarantee schemes (NAREGA’s public works program), and programs and credits for below poverty line families.
We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model
Grants: 2,000,000 rupees - purchase of two acres of land per household for a total of 10 acres of land for a demonstration collective of five single women households (each household will be comprised of 2 single women and their children). An analysis of the land redistribution act in Himachal Pradesh shows that there are thousands of acres held by large landowners which are in excess of the land ceiling limits of the 1972 Tenancy Land Reforms Act. Through policy changes, the HP government will claim this agricultural land as a collective pool to be offered on long term leases to landless single women farmers. ENSS, with the support of SUTRA and partner NGOs across the state, will work with the government to oversee the equitable implementation of the long term lease rights and support the formation of these new family formations. This plan for creating new families of single women and children is based on successful models of such farming households of landed single women across the state. The social movement of single women plans to extend this model to landless single women who are economically vulnerable.
Government Programs: 300,000 rupees - Micro-credit loans for cow or buffalo = 20,000-25,000 rupees per household for a total of 100,000 to 125,000 rupees. Grant for House Construction (through Indira Awaas Yojana) = 38,000 rupees per household for a total of 190,000 rupees. The ultimate goal is to have the government see the success of the demonstration plan and allocate state-held land for 30 year leases to new single women households.
ENSS HP: 25,000 rupees - ENSS will raise 5,000 rupees per household for basic household necessities.
The business plan for the new households is based on the tried and true economic survival strategy of poor agricultural households in the region. Farming families combine multiple survival strategies to meet the economic needs. By growing grains, pulses, vegetables, fruit and some spices for the household, basic food security is secured. Each new family unit would farm two acres of land, providing food security for the household, supplemented by production of agricultural products to be sold in the market to pay for clothing, oils, spices and other essentials.