Livelihood Promotion

Livelihood Promotion

Livelihood Promotion

The mandate of AT-GRASSROOTS SOCIETY (ATG) emanates from the analysis that people or communities who are the bottom of pyramid continue to falter on the brink of subsistence due to lack of information, resources, services, finance, market and entitlements. To help these communities gain access to sustainable livelihoods and overcoming these struggles, ATG pursues to promote living wage of poor and marginalized communities and ensure livelihood protection. ATG has adopted a ‘people led livelihoods model’ with multi-pronged strategies that involves:

  • Engaging at household level for ‘Household Livelihood Planning’.
  • Facilitating their on-farm and off-farm income generation activities like agriculture, livestock, horticulture, mica collection activities and other alternative livelihood opportunities.
  • Institutionalising and strengthening people-led organization or groups as an approach to mobilize poor communities and improve their livelihoods.
  • Building capacity of households for on farm and off farm income generation activities.
  • Strengthening the ecosystem within which livelihoods are able to transition into sustainable livelihoods. ATG facilitates intervention at all levels within the ecosystem by proving hand handholding support for on farm and off farm development; enabling access to credit and market linkages; opening interface between producer groups for collective bargaining and building capacities to access entitlements for livelihood security.

Key Projects

Enhancement of income of the MICA collector communities


Project location: Koderma, Jharkhand
Supported by: Terre des Hommes (Tdh), Netherlands

The project targets the Mica dependant households in 10 villages of Koderma district. The main objective of the project is to ensure an increased income of MICA dependent households through alternative income generation activities and ensure children involved in MICA collection attend school and enjoy schooling.

Enhance of quality of life of farmers and farm workers in Henna cultivation


Project location: Sojat, Rajasthan
Supported by: L’Oreal

Enhance quality of life for Henna farmer and farm workers in 5 villages in Sojat, Rajasthan.

Community Empowerment Project


Project location: Koderma, Jharkhand
Supported by: Responsible MICA Initiative, France

The project is currently running in 10 villages in Koderma district of Jharkhand. The project aims at improving the livelihood conditions of the informal workers engaged in mica collection. ATG through this project has imbibed a holistic approach to work with the mica collectors (individual as well as the group collectors) at the community level with focus on key areas of- Education, Livelihoods, Health and Nutrition, Strengthening of Local Institutions for access to government schemes and services.

The key achievements within the areas of the project are:

  • All the children in the age group 6-14 years, especially child labourers involved in family based mica collection have gained access to quality education services.
  • ATG has identified 2439 household during the inception phase. The project interventions has helped the households increase their incomes through Sustainable Livelihoods activities in agriculture, livestock, mica collection activities and other additional or alternative income generation opportunities.
  • The project has intervened at improving the health conditions and nutrition status of children and women in the target households and villages. The project is helping in identifying issues and risks amongst workers and their family members especially the maternal and child health conditions and taking steps to improve the same.
  • Through the project initiatives of strengthening the existing local institutions/bodies i.e., Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), community engagement and capacity building, the mica collecting families have increased their knowledge and access to government schemes and services.

Weaver’s Development Project


Project location: Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh
Supported by: Misereor

Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh is one of the places where weaving products like stoles, shawls, scarves, etc., are made by the local weaving communities. The project aimed at improving the socio-economic conditions of these weaving communities and ensuring that children are not engaged in any type of weaving work and those who are engaged are mainstreamed into formal schooling.

Related SDGs

Zero HungerNo Poverty

Our Stories of Changes

The ripple effect of ATGs projects in fighting child labour and making Jharkhi village child labour free

“Children are now regular in schools as compared to previous days, ATG kept their promises”, says school headmasters.

From a Beneficiary to an Entrepreneur – Creating Model Farms

In Sonam Devi’s words- “I thank ATG for teaching me what we couldn’t do in our past as I earned beyond my expectation. And I feel that I could gain more income in agriculture than from mica.”,

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