SSP’s origin can be traced to the reconstruction and rehabilitation after the massive disaster in 1993. It provided a number of significant lessons that have since been applied to develop a model for disaster management and reconstruction across the country and abroad.
Turning crisis into an opportunity for development, SSP designed and executed Large-scale infrastructure and development programs that centre staged women’s participation and leadership first in disaster reconstruction and later in water and sanitation and preventive health services with women and girls in 7 districts (Latur, Osmanabad, Solapur, Nanded, Washim, Ahmednagar, Pune) in Maharashtra.
Moving on from recovery to building community resilience, SSP and its women networks have spread their efforts across 6 disaster prone States in India. Partnering with local governments, women’s groups have steered their communities on the path of resilient development, and opened up new channels of livelihoods and increased household assets and incomes.
The continuum of women savings and credit groups, and Sakhi entrepreneur networks is supported by a dynamic ecosystem set up by SSP, which consists of a rural business school, marketing and distribution chain and social Micro Financial Institution (MFI). The landscape is now dotted with clusters of informed women consumers, producers, borrowers, entrepreneurs and community leaders across 2000 villages. Ending isolation, grassroots women’s networks have forged the next level of trust-based relationships, partnering with the men of their villages and advocating to panchayats to harness public schemes that lift their families and communities from poverty.
wPOWER is SSP’s latest scaled up partnership initiative since 2012, in collaboration with USAID/India and the Government and private sector, to launch rural women in the clean energy business In the rural districts of Bihar and Maharashtra.
Spread across 2,000 villages in 14 climate-threatened rural districts in 4 states - Latur, Solapur, Washim, Ahmednagar, Osmanabad, Nanded, Beed and Pune in Maharashtra; Kutch and Jamnagar in Gujarat; Cuddalore and Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu; and Muzaffarpur and Darbhanga in Bihar, India.