SSP along with two other organizations have come together in a partnership that seeks to explore the means by which livelihoods activities that are rooted in local skills and local resources can be strengthened through "community based networks". While this initiative aims to strengthen individual level activities, it places and equal if not greater emphasis on promoting collective and community based economic activities in such a manner as to upgrade them from survival level livelihoods to sustainable enterprise. This initiative is intended to experiment with new options for community enterprise. The lessons from these initiatives will be transferred to a network of organizations focusing on economic activities for poor women.

The three organizations who form the nucleus of the network each have their own strengths which they bring to this networking process. IDPMS, Bangalore has been promoting leather work and other handicrafts in Karnataka. They have also worked on district level advocacy with banks in order to access credit support for women's groups. CCD (Covenant Centre for Development). Madurai has promoted a federation of women's groups which is supporting group and individual enterprise activities through marketing support and leveraging credit from financial institutions. SSP's while learning from these two initiatives is contributing its "expertise" in nurturing and transferring innovation through a peer learning.
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To find out more about the Community Enterprise Initiative, you can write to:
         Mr. S. Sadananda, IDPMS Bangalore, [email protected]  
         Mr. N. Muthu Velayutham, CovenantCentre for Developmment              Madurai, [email protected]  
         Mr. V.C. Nadarajan, Nagarcoil, [email protected]
         Prema Gopalan / Suranjana Gupta, (Swayam Shikshan Prayog, Mumbai),               [email protected] /  

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