Success Stories

Poverty and Human Development Monitoring Agency (PHDMA), has implemented a pilot programme / project for alternative livelihood system for the vulnerable people of Odisha through Orissa Fund for Development Initiative (OFFDI) Programme. This programme has influenced the selected vulnerable households on the inherent benefits of cultivation and collection of medicinal plants, modern handloom and sericulture interventions resulting in rising their income level. This programme witnessed a noticeable impact on the living standard of the poor households in the selected area. The higher income path shown to the poor people through implementation of OFFDI can be realized from the following few success stories among many others.

Yarn Bank: A sustainable provision of row materials

The problem of Sonepur Raj village in Subarnapur districts and other areas were non availability of raw materials in time. This scarcity of raw materials forces them to stop operating their looms, who were engaged for production of silk sarees, the real source of livelihood for them. This is the story of one of the villager who could able to find a solution for sustaining their livelihood by utilizing the raw materials provided through Yarn Bank under the project.

Shri Pradeep Kumar Meher, Village: Sonepur Raj, District: Subarnapur is a Master Weaver. He provides raw materials to 20 looms in his village for production of silk sarees. He was procuring silk yarn like 3 ply organize and 4 ply Charkha from Bangalore and 2/120s and 2/100s Cotton yarn from the local traders. Not only the price was high but also the procurement time was much higher because it took more than one month for silk yarn to reach their village from Bangalore. Besides, there was also problem in obtaining Way Bill from Sales Tax Department. All the problems were eradicated by the establishment of a Yarn Bank. Shri Meher could be able to procure good quantity yarn from the Yarn Bank and could be able to run all his 20 looms uninterruptedly and could be able to raise his income to a sustainable level.

Acquiring Knowledge through Exposure visit

This story is about an individual, who could be able to achieve better yield from the knowledge gained from the exposure visits.

Shri Baikunthanath of Sukinda village of Keonjhar district is a tribal Tasar farmer and is a active member of Sukinda Tasar Rearers Cooperative Society. Under the Exposure Visit Programme of OFFDI, he got a chance to visit Bilaspur, and Chhatisgarh. There he had interacted with the progressive farmers of that area and gained knowledge about the tasar farming, silk worm rearing and use of modern techniques and equipments. After his return from the exposure visit, he utilized his knowledge in rearing the silk worm in a much better way. The result could be seen from the table. He could be able to increase the cocoon production and by the way increased his income by 80 percent over the previous year. He is an eye opener in the area and also help in spreading the activities in a scientific way.

A Crusader against fate

This is a story of a courageous woman who remained firm irrespective of the obstructions she faced in her life. The training on modern method of Jaquard and exposure visit to other states became an eye opener for her in handloom sector. Skill up gradation training really adds value to the life of such woman, which can be perceived from her story.

Smt. Labha Meher is a traditional weaver women, runs a loom by her own in Bandhapali village of Bargarh District. During the year 2008, her husband suddenly fell ill and become paralysed. He could not be able to weave as well as could not do any work. Being the only bread earner of his family, after his illness they were in a distracts situation. His wife Smt. Meher dared to fight this mishap and sustain her family. The intervention under CLAP component of OFFDI helped her in this regard. Smt. Meher is the President of Maa Mahalaxmi SHG consisting of 7 members being promoted by one of the implementing NGO partner, Institute of Rural Development and Management Studies (IRDMS). She had under gone skill up gradation training in Weaving, Tie-Dye making, new design development, and Dyeing training by the experts from Weavers Service Center, Bhubaneswar, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. She had also gone on an exposure visit to Poochampali and Koilagudam improved Handloom Clusters at Andhra Pradesh. The modern method of weaving and new design enhanced her output. She has taken a loan from HDFC Bank arranged by IRDMS and Managing her family of 4 members smoothly and paying the loan premium regularly. She is a role model for other women. Her monthly income increased by 50 percent, i.e., from Rs. 3000/- to Rs. 4500/- per month being a single working women.

Some Innovation

This story is about a person who innovated an advanced power driven machine to enhance the capability of weavers in winding yarns and save a lot of working hours and also helped himself to raise his income.

Shri Prafulla Meher of Bandhapali village of Bargarh District is an active beneficiary of one of the implementing NGO partner, Institute of Rural Development and Management Studies (IRDMS) of the CLAP component of OFFDI. He had gone on exposure visit to Poochampali and Koliagudam improved Handloom Clusters of Andhra Pradesh. During the exposure visit he came across some improved tools required for handloom activities. He utilized his idea and he himself developed pre-loom advanced machines such as; power driven Bandha Pura Machine, Tan Pura Machine and Six-Drum Winding Machine to facilitate the job of pre-weaving in a very short time, so that cost of production of sarees are also minimized. Earlier the Bandha activity was taking about 3 hours for 2 pieces of sarees. Now, they could be able to do the same job for 6 sarees in 3 hours by enhancing their potential 3 times. These machines are very popular in that area. Shri Meher could be able to sale about 300 Bandha Pura machines @ Rs. 3,000/- per machine within 8 to 9 months after the exposure visit and he could able to earn a profit of Rs, 400/- to Rs.500/- per machine. Currently, he is a Trainer for the SHG groups promoted by IRDMS.

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DHDR Summary

A Poverty Reduction Action

PHDMA has made an effort to reduce poverty by way of demonstrating alternative livelihoods options for poor and vulnerable people of Odisha through a pilot livelihood model “Odisha Fund for Development Initiative (OFFDI)”. This programme created noticeable impact on living standards of the targeted poor weaver communities and gatherers of non-timber forest products of Odisha. More...

Innovative Efforts

Shri Prafulla Meher of Bandhapali, Bargarh district, innovated an advanced power driven machine to enhance capabilities of weavers in winding yarns. This saves a lot of working time and also helps raise their income. This initiative was supported by PHDMA under OFFDI. More...