SPJIMR’s PGPDM programme, organized a virtual field visit for its participants to the social sector organization, Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI), Tata Trusts, where the CInI team shared the strategy, principles, and approach adopted in its flagship initiative, the ‘Lakhpati Kisan’ project, which aims to improve the quality of life amongst rural tribal communities in Central India.
Physical field visits to a top social sector organization are an important component of the PGPDM programme which allows the course participants to 'learn by seeing' various interventions in the field. Owing to the Covid19 pandemic, this year’s physical field visit was converted to a virtual one.
The sessions included interesting modules on community mobilisation, integration of technology, creation of Community institutions, etc. The CInI team led by Ganesh Neelam, Sujit G. Kumar and Sirshendu Paul, shared the challenges they faced during the process. The highlight was the experience-sharing of women functionaries of the Farmers Producers Organisations, and women called “Lakhpati” farmers.
Participants of Batch 15 of PGPDM went for a Field visit to Kudumbashree, Kerala, with great excitement. Kudumbashree is the poverty eradication and women empowerment programme implemented by the State Poverty Eradication Mission (SPEM) of the Government of Kerala.
The name represents ‘Kudumbashree Mission’ as well as the Kudumbashree Community Network. The participants visited micro enterprises, held meetings with SHG members, and visited Nadathara Grampanchayat to learn about their work pattern. The highlight of the field visit was the learnings from witnessing and understanding the community farming and the food court of Thrissur.
The 2-day trip added immense value to the learnings of participants through seeing and appreciating the practical approach adopted by Kudumbashree.