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Volume-29

Communicate Minds
15th January 2006 FORTNIGHTLY

ADVISORS
Khirod Ch. Malick Pitabash Sethi Jogeswar Majhi Makardhawj Sahu Shiv Prasad Meher Aurobinda Mahapatra Pradeep Kumar Mohanty

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WASTE PLASTIC UNIT ON ANNUAL DAY

In this Issue...
Editorial Wast Plasti Unit Innauguration Kisinda Convention Other BISWA News

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Chief-Editor Debabrata Malick Editor Guru Prasad Nahak

Contact :The Link BISWA At-Danipali P.o-Budharaja Dist-Sambalpur, PIN-768004 Tele fax- +91-663-2533597
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In collaboration with the local self governments of Sambalpur, Bargarh, Hirakud and Brajarajnagar, BISWA undertook the urban sanitation activities in some parts of those urban areas. Self Help Groups (SHGs) were formed by the participating sanitation workers and their activities brought BISWA familiarity with the problems pertaining to urban sanitation and suggested waysmeans and to mitigate the degree of the problems. One of the grave situations identified was the usage of plastic in all walks of life, by all sections and for all purposes. The advantage of use of plastic brought along with it a greater disaster, as it is not bio-degradable. The only solution that appeared was to recycle the used matter and thus limits its mingling

with the earth. Plastic is the best when in usage but the worst when idle and loitering. Then it poses grave dangers to the fertility of land and also for grazing bovine and its inflammability has brought irreplaceable loss to many. The matter in context of plastic usage was viewed with predisposition of finding a more or less permanent solution to it and then came the concept of a Waste Plastic Unit, that would recycle the plastic collected from various areas. Recently the use of plastic has also seen a boom in rural areas. A series of sessions with various stakeholders in the commercial aspects of the unit, a survey of availability of waste plastic, the viability of the unit to reach at a break-even point and sustainability etc. materialized in the
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The requirement of energy has gone up in last few years and would touch unimaginable proportion because of population explosion and improved living standards in our country. In Rural India, people used cow dung and wood for their energy needs. With better economic conditions, more and more people are using cleaner and more convenient forms of energy viz. Electricity and Gas for home usage. The availability of both these forms of energy is limited. The shortage results in frequent power breakdowns - disrupt daily life, manpower loss in offices and adversely affect the industrial production. The shortage of energy and increasing tariff trends, dictates that every socially responsible individuals should conserve energy as much as possible. That will in turn reduce the load on National Utility Services as well as the economic burden. The waste plastic unit of BISWA has added another innovative feather to its achievement. This will help in poverty alleviation without having to lose its prime objective to free the area from loitering waste plastic and reuse & recycle it.

shape of a Waste Plastic Unit of BISWA at Durgapali, Sambalpur. As a part of an institution that believes in integrity, this waste plastic unit shall have different innovative feathers added to its cap in due course of time those can be instrumental

in poverty alleviation without having to lose its prime objective: to free the area from loitering waste plastic. On the occassion of BISWAs Annual Day on 11th January 2006, Mrs. Joysree Mahanti, an NRI from USA and a Governing Body member of BISWA, inaugurated the Waste Plastic Unit by cutting ribbon and lighting the lamp in presence of Sri K.C.Malick, Chairman-BISWA, Mrs.Jagadamma Rao, Vice President-BISWA, Sri Pitabash Sethi, Secretary-BISWA and Sri Suranjan Mohapatra, Advisor. Mrs. Joysree Mahanti was felicitated by BISWA

SHG Products Exhibition

Laxmipriya, a sales outlet of SHG products of BISWA, has its prime objective to popularize the products through state & national level exhibitions. Recently Laxmipriya took part in the exhibition Lokamostav-2006 , at Sambalpur from 4th to 6th January 2006. It also participated in Dhanuyatra held at Bargarh from 6th to 15th January06. The eye catching products like bell & brass metal, products of sisal fiber, badi, pampad and soft toys etc., were highly appreciated by the visitors. The Marketing Manager of BISWA coordinated all the marketing initiatives of BISWA in this regard.

on this occasion Annual Day. The programme was concluded with the future planning by all districts coordinators. Prizes were distributed to the best performers of BISWA during the year 2005 . Press personalities, other dignitaries, eminent citizens and important VIPs from M.C.L & Hindalco were invited on that day. The programme was followed by a cultural programme, presented by the teachers of innovative schools of Maneswar block.

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ValedictoryFunction on Weaving Training

A valediction function was organized by BISWA for weaving training at Bheden in Bargarh district on 4th January2006. The function commenced with a welcome note by Sri P.K.Mohanty, Planning Manager-BISWA. Sri B.K.Jamuda, AGM-NABARD, Bargarh was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The training programme was conducted for 45 days for 20 artisans. The programme sucessfully up-graded the existing skill of the artisans on weaving. Sri Kishor Chandra Naik, BM-DCCB, Bheden, Sri S.K.Sahu,District Coordinator, Bargarh & Sri P.C.Mohapatra, Programme Officer, Bargarh of BISWA were also present on the occasion.
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IN HOUSE TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR MPEA-2006 The process mapping training was recently held at the Head Office of BISWA for two days, 12th & 13th January. Mrs. Pritam Patra from PlaNet Finance joined as a monitor in the training programme representing Micro-Finance Process Excellence Award (MPEA) 2006 Committee. The award was initiated in the year 2005 jointly by PlaNet Finance and ABN AMRO Bank Ltd. As a part of the process, Sri A.K.Sahu, Project Officer and Sri A. Mahapatra, Consultant, BISWA attended the training programme held at Gurgaon and further imparted the training to 15 selected staff of BISWA mF programme. The training mainly dealt with defining an existing process, map the process with Visio software and then with the help of the software develop modified processes.

Valedictory Function on Tie & Die Training

BISWA organized the valediction function for Tie & Dye Trade Training at Marekel in Bargarh district on 3rd January2006. Mr. Bijay Kumar Jamuda, AGM-NABARD, Bargarh was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Sri P.K.Mohanty, Planning Manager-BISWA, Sri Subal Kumar Sahu, District Coordinator, Bargarh & Sri Purna Chandra Mohapatra, Programme Officer, Bargarh were also present there. The training programme was conducted for 45 days on Tie & Dye trade for 20 artisans. The artisans acquired different skills in the trade during the training programme. The artisans at present are able to produce thread of different color required for weaving and supply the same to the local weaver community.

IN HOUSE TRAINING PROGRAMME ON LEGAL ENTITY OF MBTs & MFI BISWA organized an in-house training programme on microfinance legal entity for two days 4th & 5th January 2006. The core objective of the training programme was to enhance knowledge of microfinance staffs in legal aspect. Sri K.C.Malick, Chairman-BISWA, was the key resource person in the programme. The organizer, area coordinator of different district participated in a large number.

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KISINDA SHG CONVENTION


BISWA always strives to improve SHG members capacity through various conventions concerning different issues. In this regard, recently an SHG convention was held at Kisinda in Naktideul block Sambalpur on 20th December 2006. Miss Amulya Sahu, our Area Coordinator, Naktideul welcomed & introduced all the guests in the meeting. Sri K.C.Malick, Chairman-BISWA addressed the gathering and detailed about the three pillars of BISWA, i.e., microfinance, micro enterprise and social development sector. The SHG members were present in large number on the above occasion.

PARTICIPATION
MICROSAVE WORKSHOP: Sri Uttam Mallik, Monitoring Officer-BISWA, participated in a workshop on Microsave, which was organized by Microsave India, at Hotel Punami,Visakhapattanam. In this workshop he learned about the strategic marketing, market research for microfinance, corporate brand and identity, planning & monitoring of saving/loans, costing and pricing of financial services, process mapping customer service, designing and implementing staff incentive schemes, institutional and product risk analysis etc. SKILL DEVELOPMENT IN HINDI WRITING: BISWA was represented by Sri Chintamani Panda, Counselor, FCC and Sri Guru Prasad Nahak, Asst.Public Relation Officer, in a five day workshop on Skill Development in Hindi Writing from 10th to 14th January 2006. This workshop was organized by Manthan Yubak Sansthan, Ranchi with support from Charkha, New Delhi. The main objective of the workshop was to build capacity in Hindi writing on developmental issues. Selection of issues, understanding the problems of society, preparation of write up on development issues and preparation of alternative wall newspaper for rural areas were the main objectives of the workshop. An exposure visit was made to Dimra & Budhuadih villages of Johna block and the team also visited Johna water fall. EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING: Sri Uttam Mallik and Sri Pratap Behera,Mmonitoring Officers represented BISWA in a national level workshop on Impact Assessment of microfinance held at Chennai from 9th to 11th January 2006. It was organized by INAFI-INDIA at Indian Bank, IMAGE. The participants learned about principal and concept of impact assessment of microfinance and perspective of poverty reduction, etc. An exposure visit was made for the participants to study impact survey in this workshop.

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