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Institute of Community Empowerment & Micro Finance
Registered Under Society Reg. Act 1860 & 12 A & 80 G under Income Tax Act
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Gola Barrage Road Kathgodam, Nainital, Uttarakhand, INDIA
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PAHAL is a voluntary organization working in the field of Microfinance, Livelihood Support, Rural & Slum area Sustainable Development, Environment Protection, Micro enterprise, Capacity building of the Marginalized Community (esp. women), Awareness Programs , with Co-operation & Co-ordination. At Pahal, we work towards nurturing and unleashing the untapped potential that resides in rural India. We aim at long-term solutions to problems that exist at the grass root level. Tools of Microfinance, Livelihood Services and agriculture & rural development are a broad classification of the work that we do. We believe that rural India needs a change to be brought about and we are working towards it. We are working in 125 Villages and slum areas of Four Districts of Uttarakhand & one Districts of UP State and approaches more than 12000 families. This year we have decided to work as consolidated approaches for the holistic development of our target community & we have restructure our organization & decided that all community services will come under the aegis of PAHAL Institute For Community Empowerment We are providing , Livelihood support Services, Micro Finance Services, Health Support Services, Education Support Services & Capacity Building Services to the marginalized communities and we are committed for the holistic development of our target community Our Mission “Socio - Economic Development and empowerment of marginalized community with optimum utilization of the Natural Resources & Innovation”
We are providing following services to the community• Pahal Community Livelihood support Services • Pahal Community Micro Finance Services • Pahal Community Capacity Building Services • Pahal Community Health Support Services • Pahal Community Education Support Services The first three services are providing directly while the rest two are referral and mobilization support to access services provided by governmental & other institutions. Being a community organization we are deeply focused on livelihood issue in our operational area. We have selected livelihood activities as per the local requirement, community need & their skill, In first phase we have start market need & easily available raw materials based livelihood opportunity i.e. News paper shopping bag, Traditional & innovative, Patch work & Embroidery work & Stone Art. In this context we have decided to concentrate our all mean on those area where livelihood services are required by communities, in this context we have given job work of patch work on clothe, stone art work & paper bag shopping bag making, vegetable dehydration. We have also given income generation & livelihood opportunity to those girls who’s families (has not sufficient mean of livelihood) are not providing education to their girl child due to lack of livelihood means.
Livelihood Support Services-1
Innovative Paper Bag An Innovative Paper Bag- Reduce The Non Biodegradable Waste & Increase The Livelihood Opportunity
The geography of our target area is very sensitive which makes employment and livelihood opportunity limited. We have observed that the female population in this is dependent on traditional paper bag making work, but they don’t get proper income because of extensive use of polythene bags. They do make news paper bags and sell it in local market but these bags does not fulfill the demand of consumers and shopkeepers as well also. These bags don’t have the carrying capacity like that of polythene bags. To solve the issue of less earning and pollution threat PAHAL has come up with the idea of making consumer friendly bag. We have develop a innovative and eco-friendly news paper shopping bags with greater carrying capacity, better durability and a strong competitor to polythene bags. These bags have also replaced polythene bags in some extent. We have found the test marketing results to be very encouraging. We have started training our women SHG’s member to make this bags in volume. We have intimated the National Innovation Foundation (An apex institution in India for same cause) about this innovative idea and they have registered our idea for competition. We have also launched these paper bags in two different public functions in the presence of public representative’s officials’ general public and media. We have trained 200 women from marginalized section of society in our operational area to make these new innovative news paper shopping bags. And their production is being marketed in local area. We have also trained trainers and officials of other institution to propagate this concept at large level for the benefit of community and environment also. The marketing activity is gradually increasing and hoping that it will useful in all aspect. This initiative is giving employment opportunity and making the women financially stable. The consumers usually like facility & they do not want to bring cloth/jute/gunny bags from home for shopping & liking bring gods in polythene carry bags providing by shopkeeper, so their lies huge potential for marketing these news paper bags.
Livelihood Support Services-2
Patch Embroidery Work
We have been conducting patch work, embroidery work training for more than 100 women artisans on latest designs and pattern with the support of different developmental agencies
in previous years, With continuous support on technical inputs, exposure on market trend, SHGs have gradually linked themselves with local marketing channels. Artisans are now getting regular orders through SHG network and marketing their products through events, melas, exhibitions and festivals with or without our support.
Livelihood Support Service-3
River stone (Pebbles) can be used as a resource of sustainable livelihood without environmental threats. Our master craftsmen and artists have found that these pebble can take the shape of decorative and salable art pieces. With a minimal investment and resources these stone pieces cold be given high artistic value with high market prices. Our designers are developing these craft items on a large scale. And we are in the process of training as many as SHG members whose livelihood is affected by river closure. This concept has already been acknowledged by NABARD Regional Office, Dehradun. They have not only appreciated but have also decided to conduct a skill-training programme for SHG members under their MEDP programme. As of now ‘pebble art’ is providing livelihood support to almost 100 women in our target area and we are hoping the numbers to increase rapidly in the coming years.
Livelihood Support Service-Stone Art
The salient features of the Stone Art are as follows: • Readily available resources in the forms of pebbles and stones. • Steady year long income. INR 40-50 per day all year round, as a result women involved in this project supplement the income of the family (which is existent for about 6 months in an year). • Minimal monetary investment. • High rate of return due to high market opportunities that Pebble art pieces opened. • Traditionally excavating 1 ton of stone earns the laborers about 70-80 INR while in our project only 1 kg of stone yields the same amount for them. • Minimum level of skill needed. • Ready acceptability of the Livelihood solution among women of the community. • No environmental threat as the quantity of rock required is marginal as compared to excavation processes. • High rate of value addition with relatively less number of man hours. • Year round employment opportunity thus catering to other socio-economic problems. • Tapping of women as valuable human resource. We have conducted successful test marketing in cities like Mumbai, Chandighar, New Delhi & local tourist spot and the rests are quite encouraging. The products are been appreciated and are already n demand..
Pahal Community Micro Finance ServicesWe are providing Microfinance to SHGs & JLGs under the aegis of "PAHAL Community Micro finance Services" & providing range of micro finance services to the marginalized community for their socio economic empowerment. Under these services we are providing 2 type services one is Direct micro finance and another is linking SHGs to the formal financial institution i.e. banks etc .We are organizing community in the form of SHGs to help them access the financial services available. We are proud to say that we are a pioneer in this field in Uttarakhand. We are also strengthening our SHGs by regularly organizing financial literacy training and timely informational inputs. Direct lending Under direct micro-finance services we have provided Rs.180 lac as micro credit to 1950 members with the support of SIDBI, Nainital Bank ,ICICI Bank & NMDFC, Uttarakhand Micro Finance & Livelihood cooperative Institution, Dehradun and Indian Gramin services (Basix Group) SHG Formation PAHAL has promoted 576 Self Help Groups, JLGs and credit linked 325 so far in Haldwani, Kathgodam, semi-urban and rural areas in Bhimtal, Jeolikote, Kotabagh, Jaspur, Chanpawat, Purala & Naogaon Block (Uttarkashi) & Rampur (UP). About Rs.500 lakh of credit (1000000 $)) has been mobilized as saving, internal landing, and bank credit. These groups are being encouraged as a tool of social mobilization too. This SHG Promotion & Bank Linkage Programme is being supported by NABARD Dehradun. Micro Insurance Pahal is facilitating micro insurance product to our clients for securing their life against any unprecedented circumstances. Well established & reputed Insurance Company like LIC of India & Birla Sun life Insurance Company are offering services to our SHG & JLG members.
Capacity Building ServicesWe believe that development process should start from the grass-root level and gradually reach the higher level. We are preparing community to take part in this process, at this level we are supporting the community to get access and procure information, techniques and training suitable for their socio economic betterment. As per the felt need of community & requirement we have provided following capacity building training to the community in our working area1- SHG Formation 2- JLG Formation Financial practices 3- Financial Literacy & Functional Knowledge 4- Vocational training on stone art etc. 5- Skill up gradation in traditional embroidery, patch work, stone art, painting etc 6- Vocational training on Innovative shopping paper bags, Jute Bag, Cloth bag, travel bags, 7- Technical training in House wiring, Motor winding, welding etc Training to other /Partner InstitutionsWe have arranged training & capacity building programme for our partner organizations1- Skill Training to UPASAC Community & Team leaders in Almora 2- Skill Training to JSS Groups & staff on Innovative Shopping paper bags in Bhimtal & Bageshwar.
Marketing of Artisan’s Products – Kota Fresh Rural Mart OpenPAHAL-promoted SHG federation in Kotabagh has opened an outlet for marketing of farm & non farm produce of SHG promoted in Kotabagh Block in the name of Kota Fresh this outlet has been sanctioned by NABARD under rural mart scheme to market SHGs products. It is notable that Kotabagh is famous for agriculture produce like pulses, spices & vegetables and to cash this concept SHGs are marketing the products using interesting branding techniques. SHGs & artisan’s products are been displayed and sold in following events, exhibition and market outlet: 1. Mumbai SARAS mela 2. Maha Kumbh Mela Haridwar 3. Char Dham Yatra Rout Near Badrinath Dham. 4. Nainital Market 5. SARAS Mela Dehradun. 6. SARAS Showroom Haldwani. 7. Industrial Exhibition Chandighar 8. Tourist Resort, Naukuchiatal 9. Haldwani Market 10. Bageshwar Market
Advocacy on following issues Micro Finance Sector- We have made representation through a letter to Reserve bank of India for easy fund availability to Financial for on lending to marginalized community. We have also represented in State Government & state level Bankers forums on this issue including financial literacy & proper action on SHG bank linkage program. • MNEREGA- At grass rot level we have also mobilized Development Machineries, Public Representative and Community for better implementation of MNAREGA • Non Biodegradable wastes & Polythene Bag – In recent past government has banned use of polythene bags less than 20 mg. to check pollution caused by non disposal of polythene wastes, but somehow this cause is not being supported. This has led to continuous usage of polythene bags thus increase in pollution. In this concern we have approached the local administration and arranged meeting of all stakeholders on this issues & hoping for a fruitful outcome. . We have coordinated with civil societies, action groups and other stake-holder on following issues at National, State & local level.• NGO policy • Panchayat Act • Cooperative Act • Forest Right Act •
Volunteering & Training Opportunity to other Institutions We have provided exposure & on field training opportunities to volunteers & student from following institutions• Commerce Students of Ramjas college ,University of Delhi • Volunteers from I Volunteer organisation • MSW & BSW student of IGNOU Centre MBPG College Haldwani
Exposure Visit, Conference Training attended by Pahal staff • Workshop on Pease Building in South Asia - Executive Director Pahal Mr. Islam Hussain has been participated 5 day International workshop in Colombo organized by Pease Building Institute Sri Lanka on Development Conflict resolution & Pease Building in South Asia. Workshop on SME in BIRD - Business Manager of PAHAL mr. Devendra Chandra & manager mr. Mohammad Farooq has been participated Training workshop on Promotion of Small & Medium Enterprise IN BIRD Lucknow Field visit & Training Programme - BIRD- Mr. GS Rana Manager Pahal has participated Field visit & Training Programme on SHG in Mangalore Karnataka organized by BIRD Gender Budgeting-Ms Maya Negi Secretary PAHAL Ms Lubna Account officer has been participated training program on Gender Budgeting in NOIDA. Other workshops attended by Pahal staff State Bank of India DDN sponsored SHG workshop attended by Mr. Islam Hussain and Ms. Priyanka Micro save sponsored work shop New Delhi on HR issue attended by Mr. Islam Hussain TERI sponsored Community Radio work shop Mukteshwar- attended by Mr. Devendra Chandra Marketing Channel workshop New Delhi attended by Mr. Devendra Chandra
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• • • • • • • • • • • Innovation conference- Chennai attended by Mr. Islam Hussain NRDC Bangalore- attended by Mr. Islam Hussain Agriculture summit- attended by Mr. Islam Hussain India Micro Finance New Delhi- attended by Mr. Islam Hussain NRM conference- attended by Mr. Islam Hussain Micro Finance conference- attended by Mr. Islam Hussain & Ms Lubna Rural Development conference- attended by Mr. Islam Hussain CSR Conference- attended by Mr. Islam Hussain Vani workshop DDN- attended by Mr. Islam Hussain Sa dhan AGM- attended by Mr. Islam Hussain Ramjas College workshop on micro Finance special reference PAHAL work on Micro Finance- attended by Mr. Islam Hussain
Funders Dignitaries Visit We are vary fortunate that many reputed dignitaries VIPs & Funders has given chance to Pahal staff to show their work, those who has made visit to PAHAL & Pahal Program are-
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Mr. Pathak Vice Chancellor Uttarakhand Open University Mr. Satish Lakhchaura GM Uttrakhand Micro Finance & Livelihood Institution Dehradun Mr KS Rawat AGM SIDBI Dehradun Mrs Arunima Manager SIDBI Dehradun Mr. K N Kandpal Senior Manager Nainital Bank Nainital Mr. S K Chatarjee Director BIRD Lucknow Mr. P C Chaudhry DGM BIRD, Lucknow Mr. G S Chaudhry AGM NABARD Mr. Sidhdharth Regional Manager BASIX Group Jaipur Prof. Das Ramjas College New Delhi Mr. Gopal Prasad Director JSS Bhimtal Mr. Jitendra Tiwari Director JSS Bageshwar Mr. Narendra Rautella Vice Chairman Uttarakhand Handicraft Board UK Govt. Mrs. Shahjahan Begum & Mr. Shokeen Ahmad Member Municipal Board Mr Pangti Manager state Bank of India. Mr. SN Srivastave Coordinator Credibility Alliance New Delhi Mrs Bhagwati Suyal Gram Pradhan Chopra, Jeolikote Nainital
Award, Facilitation & Recognition • Mrs. Afsar Bano Designer & coordinator of PAHAL has facilitated as Second Best Artisan Award for Patch work embroidery work by Directorate of Industries Uttrakhand. Leading Hindi News paper Hindustan has selected Mr. Islam Hussain-as a diamond of Uttarakhand among total 21 prominent & well recognized social activist / development worker and awarded under their Sprit of Uttarakhand concept. all 21 selected dignitaries has been facilitated by Mr. Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank Chief Minister Uttrakhand & other Guest in a award gala organized by Hindustan in State Capital Dehradun. Pahal Project on Rural Livelihood has been selected in Final list of Wantraprenure Award process, organized by well known social Institution Villgro Chennai. Mr. Islam Hussain has presented this project in conference organized by Villgro in Chennai. Pahal Project Innovative Paper bag has been selected in Final list of Innovative Proposal award process, organized by NRDC. NABARD Dehradun has selected PAHAL’s Stone Art piece to print on front page of SHG Information & Manual Book.
Mrs. Afsar Bano Receiving Best Artisan Director of Industry
Mr. Islam Hussain Presenting Proposal Mr. Islam Hussain Receiving Award in Wantraprenure Conference, Chennai Sprit of Uttrakhand Award from Wellknown Environmentalist Dr. Ravi Chopra
MPEA -2005 Award
MPEA -2006 Award
Best SHG Award NABARD, Mumbai
Micro Finance Service Award State Bank of India, Dehradun
ABN Amro Bank & Planet Finance, France/ Indian
Other Awards & facilitation Memento
Electronic Media Internet & Print Media Coverage & Comment on our work “This organization has been doing commendable work in the field of SHGs and we are happy to be associated with them. Pahal is very progressive and is taking new initiatives.” A.K.Dhupar Chairman, Nainital-Almora Kshetriya Grameen Bank “An excellent endeavor to harness the gifts of nature….Pahal is doing a great job” – Chatterjee Director, BIRD Lucknow S.K.
Our Partner Funders –
NABARD Regional Office Dehradun
JSS Bhimtal JSS Bageshwar
Nainital Bank, Ranibagh, Nainital
Uttarakhand Micro Finance & Livelihood Promotion Cooperative Institution Govt Of UK, Dehradun
State Bank of India
Nainital Almora Khetriya Gramin Bank Haldwani, Nainital
HDFC Bank Haldwani
Rashtrya Mahila Kosh
Ministry of Women Empowerment Govt. of India New Delhi
Birla Sun Life Insurance
Life Insurance Corporation of India
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