Community-based livelihood

Building prosperity through sustainable livelihoods

Bridging the opportunity gap for vulnerable communities

This thematic program is dedicated to integrating marginalized individuals into the mainstream economy by nurturing their skills, exploring various livelihood avenues, and promoting sustainable development. We focus on two main sectors: farms and allied sectors, as well as non-farm and service sectors. Through this program, we emphasize supporting women as farmers and promoting organic, natural, and sustainable farming techniques.

Enhancing livelihoods for small-scale farmers

We designed this program to benefit marginalized individuals who face economic challenges and lack access to opportunities. Our focus is on individuals and communities often excluded from mainstream economic activities. This includes small-scale farmers, women, and other vulnerable groups who can greatly benefit from enhanced livelihood options and support. By providing them with the necessary resources and training, we strive to create a more inclusive and prosperous society. We design multiple micro livelihood activities for the marginalized to reduce their risks use their resources, time, and ability optimally, and increase their family income.

Driving economic freedom through livelihood development

Through this program, we are able to have a significant impact on various crucial areas within the communities we work with

  • Economic independence
    By integrating marginalized individuals into the mainstream economy, we aim to improve their financial well-being, reduce poverty, and enhance overall economic stability within the community
  • Sustainable agriculture
    Through organic and natural farming, and sustainable farming techniques, we promote environmental preservation and healthier farming practices, benefiting the community’s overall well-being and food security
  • Skill development
    With training and capacity-building opportunities, we help individuals develop valuable skills and knowledge in their chosen livelihood areas, to create sustainable income sources
  • Access to microcredit
    Almost all the women in CORD’s Mahila Mandal program are members of Self-help Groups that help them access microcredit for their livelihood interventions

Connecting marginalized communities to market opportunities

Our program operates through a holistic approach that involves several key components:

  • Skill and capacity building
    We provide comprehensive training and support to marginalized individuals, equipping them with the necessary skills, knowledge, and resources to excel in their chosen livelihood sectors. This includes technical training in farming techniques, livestock rearing, and care, as well as skill training in non-farm and farm services sectors such as knitting, sewing, weaving, food products, petty shop entrepreneurship development, and financial management
  • Group dynamics and networking
    We foster strong group dynamics by forming groups through Mahila Mandal and Self-Help Groups (SHGs) rather than activity groups. These groups serve as platforms for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and mutual support. They enable individuals to pool resources, access microcredit facilities, and collectively address challenges and opportunities
  • Market linkages
    We facilitate access to markets by connecting the participants with buyers, traders, and value chains. This helps them sell their produce or services at fair prices and develop sustainable market relationships. We also provide guidance on product development, branding, and marketing strategies to enhance their competitiveness. CORD has facilitated two Farmer Producer Companies and two retail marketing outlets for non-farm products
  • Monitoring and evaluation
    We continuously monitor the progress and impact of our program to ensure its effectiveness and make necessary adjustments. Regular assessments and feedback mechanisms help us measure the success of our interventions and identify areas for improvement

Numbers that make a difference

Stories of courage and resilience

A visual journey through the impact of our thematic program

Bring meaningful change in rural India, donate now to support our mission

Bring meaningful change in rural India – donate now to support our mission