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REBOOTING MICROENTREPRENEURS THROUGH RECAPITALIZING THEIR BUSINESSES

May 25, 2020
So what’s next? With 59% Workers Not Paid Wages in Maharashtra, 92% in Gujarat, many are expected to move to options of self-employed. Micro entrepreneurs involved in informal sector activities are anticipated to have a very struggling time in the post-lockdown phase, especially because they have exhausted the business capital to survive the last 60 days!

The nationwide lockdown, while necessary, unfortunately triggered a reverse exodus of migrant labourers, the magnitude of which has not been witnessed in our times. Thousands of migrant labourers, abandoned by their employers and contractors, found themselves in a desperate situation where basic necessities of food and shelter were taken away from them. Many are left stranded in the city away from their families. The ones involved in daily transaction businesses are the most vulnerable and many have lost their capital in absence of a daily income. To make livelihoods resilient, we believe in a multi-pronged approach to encompass skills, recapitalization of working capital and creating networks. Mapping of skills for livelihoods in a post COVID market will have to cater to both; formal employment and informal entrepreneur.

Unorganized businesses like beauty & wellness sector, construction work, plumbing, electrical work, rickshaw pullers, vegetable sellers etc will not just see a change in the customer pattern, but the overall supply chain will experience alterations post COVID. In the post Lockdown phase, the need for supporting micro-entrepreneurs will include;
1. Identifying businesses and understanding the pattern of change
2. Understanding the need of capital to re-boot micro-enterprises
3. To hand-hold, mentor, and provide guidance for changing patterns of livelihoods

Rebooting Nano Business Fund aims at providing seed funds to Nano scale business who operate on a small scale with daily transactions and small to non-existent profit margins. Their businesses are precarious, at constant risk of stagnation or complete failure. In these trying times, we request you to come forward & contribute in BUILDING THEIR BUSINESSES AGAIN! Saath will work on effective strategies for administering their business and increasing their productivity, digitize the daily transactions and other supply chain parameters.

Help support the ones who have lost their means of livelihood.
To Donate, please visit on Donate Now.

Since the lockdown, SAATH has reached out to more than 7250+ families by providing Ration Kits and daily meals.

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HELP SUPPORT DAILY WAGE EARNERS

May 20, 2020
Ration Kits Support for the families affected by the COVID-19 lockdown:
The COVID-19 pandemic marks an unprecedented time in modern history that will require each and every one of us to come together. Amidst the pandemic of Coronavirus, there is lack of awareness, accurate factual information and proper guidance for precautionary and preventive measures in under privileged communities and with authorities shutting down key institutions nationally for a period of 21 days, sputtering economy hurts the most vulnerable and leaves the daily wage earner with no livelihood. In order to combat this crisis, Saath is committed to provide this support till the last mile by procuring and disbursing Ration Kits to the most vulnerable ones.

Strategic Preparedness for distribution of Ration Kits:
Saath, through its various initiatives is engaged with over 1, 00,000 families residing in the urban slum areas of Vasna, Behrampura, Juhapura, Sanklitnagar, Vatva and Old city. These communities mainly comprise of informal sector whose earning is based on daily work received.
We are working together to generate an effective response strategy to combat the pandemic for the marginalized sections of society.
• SAATH proposes to procure and distribute Ration Kits including (oil, grains, pulses, sugar, salt, spices, tea, jaggery, flat rice and basic essential supplies) to families residing in the slum areas.
• To meet these immediate need of ration and basic supplies , each Ration Kit costs Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 1,200/- or $17 and will cater to the need of one household.
Saath team has been working in the background to define and map the areas where support is required. Criteria is identified based on families whose -
• House is on rent or have only one room.
• Family income is monthly 7000 to 8000 Rs.
• All family members are daily wagers
• Women headed family
• Family having disable person
Further responsible distribution of these kits while adhering to social distancing guidelines is done by various team members, community leaders and volunteers.

Saath’s Response to the COVID-19 Lockdown:
So far, 7250+ Ration Kits have been distributed in Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Palanpur, Mundra, Porbandar, Kutch, Surat, Banaras and Varanasi which will provide relief to families for at least 2 weeks. Ration Kits to TB Patients and an initiative to distribute 15000 Sanitary Napkins in association with Sparkle Innovations has also been implemented.

For Donation:
In order to contribute and support one family for one month, you could choose to donate via a bank transfer on the following accounts; or Donate Now.

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VIRTUAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

March 28, 2020
Are you the kind of person who wants to make a difference? Have you always wanted to do something for the society, something for the nation? Have you always wanted to be an active change maker? Do you love working in challenging situations? Always wanted to work on the ground, but did not know how or with which organization? Here are the answers to your questions.

Social sector is an important sector for India’s economy and includes components such as education, health and medical care, water supply, sanitation, poverty alleviation, housing etc. that make a vital contribution in human development.

Saath Virtual Internship Program for 2 months is structured to provide significant work experiences wherein the fellows are expected to take on a great deal of responsibility. Fellows can work on scalable and sustainable projects in the fields of education, livelihoods, housing and shelter, governance, rehabilitation and resettlement, and financial inclusion. It will give skilled young professionals an opportunity to work with Saath on grassroots development issues.

Internship aims to gain the following experience:
• Provide an opportunity to interns, to put into practice and deepen their theoretical knowledge of development issues.
• Provide opportunity to involve in sessions with various universities/institutes/experts from various fields.
• Provide the interns the platform to develop a more grounded understanding of informal sector and challenges in an Indian context.
• Work with different stakeholders looking at how various partnerships work through mutual collaborations.
• Give interns an opportunity to learn advocacy, researching, campaigning, and networking skills and operational aspects of development work.
• The interns get a chance to explore, know and contribute in important mainstream work of the organization ranging from public mobilization, fact finding researches, field exposures and documentation, pilot run project ideas, learn the threads of HR, organizing events, rope in media advocacy skills and many more.

Candidates are encouraged to select the project based on their skill set and interest. A brief interview is done with all the interns/volunteers firsthand to know their potential and match them with the programmes accordingly. Each intern/volunteer coming to Saath is given a complete orientation and meets with people of all the programmes and they have an appointed supervisor, a clear work profile or study brief and support from all levels of the programme they work within.

A Completion Certificate will also be provided to the Interns after the successful completion of Internship.
Please Note: For the students whose internship stands cancelled due to this pandemic are encouraged to apply. The internship will be unpaid. To apply http://saath.org/get-involved/
For further information write to us at rdc@saath.org

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SAATH CELEBRATES ITS 31ST FOUNDATION DAY

February 28, 2020
Saath has completed 31 years of working with communities and partners in generating social impact. Wishing the ecosystem of Saath and all our team members Happy Saath Foundation Day!!

28 February is a day set aside to celebrate the history and revisit and bond with each other on the continuing journey of Saath. This year, we celebrated our Foundation Day by going to picnic with the Family of Saath. Everyone rejoiced the day by playing various games, dancing, singing and having meal together.

With the completion of our three decades following innovations are also pioneered.

• Museum of Work (Mehnat Manzil) inaugurated this year which is geared towards celebrating the lives of people working in the informal sector and to bring to light the realities they inhabit: from migration and livelihood to housing and infrastructure. A unique museum that aims to provide a space where this rich and bewildering reality may find expression. To know more http://mehnatmanzil.org

• “SMART CITIES – BREAKING THE POVERTY BARRIER”, a book written by Mr. Rajendra Joshi ( Founder and Managing Trustee of Saath) is launched that takes you through our 30 years’ experience of bringing social and economic change for vulnerable communities in cities and towns through innovative approaches and partnerships and touching 1.5 million lives. The book gives you an overview of an attempt by Saath that brought socio-economic change for vulnerable communities through innovation and building capacities of people. To know more http://saath.org/innovations

• RWeaves Studio- An exclusive Artisans’ Studio is set up in Ahmedabad which aims to support the rural artisans from all over India who don’t have any means to reach out to urban markets. The Studio is located at Shop No 117, Sahjanand Palace, 100 Feet Anand Nagar Rd, Opposite Rahul Tower, Satellite, Ahmedabad, and Gujarat 380015.

Our last 31 years have been pretty significant in terms of the impact created and Saath remains a beacon of hope in various communities. Our goal has always been to focus on creating inclusive societies and empowering the socially marginalized by providing them livelihood services and imparting skills leading to employment, health and education facilities.

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Saath Fellowship Application Opens Now

1st February 2017
Are you the kind of person who wants to make a difference? Have you always wanted to do something for the society, something for the nation? Have you always wanted to be an active change maker? Do you love working in challenging situations? Always wanted to work on the ground, but did not know how or with which organization? Here are the answers to your questions.

Social sector is an important sector for India’s economy and includes components such as education, health and medical care, water supply, sanitation, poverty alleviation, housing etc. that make a vital contribution in human development.

Saath: Enabling Contributions to Human Development through Fellowships
Saath initiated its Integrated Community/ Slum Development Programme, which sought to rejuvenate slums into vibrant neighbourhoods through empowerment of communities, in 1989.Saath has been working with slum/ low-income settlement residents and vulnerable people in urban and rural areas in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Telangana and Maharashtra. It addresses multiple needs of the socio-economically vulnerable people with one-stop solutions leading to holistic growth. Saath collaborates with the communities, which in turn co-invest with Saath and donors for implementing and scaling-up of

Saath programmes.
Saath engages with organizations, corporates, academic institutions, civil society and individuals from India and across the globe as partners and supporters.

About the Saath Fellowship
The Saath Fellowship is an immersive, volunteer service program of 2 to 3 months that is structured to provide significant work experiences wherein the fellows are expected to take on a great deal of responsibility. Fellows can work on scalable and sustainable projects in the fields of education, livelihoods, housing and shelter, governance, rehabilitation and resettlement, and financial inclusion. It will give skilled young professionals an opportunity to work with Saath on grassroots development issues.

Why apply for the Saath Fellowship
The Saath Fellowship will be an enriching experience not just for the fellow but for the organization as well in terms of learnings and knowledge sharing. Different partnerships for the fellowship will add value to the not for profit sector by accelerating the growth of potential leaders who want to work for the social good and development of communities.The Fellow will be able to gain the following experience:
• Grass root level working experience with the community;
• Exposure to the working of a not-for-profit organisation;
• Sessions with various universities/institutes/experts from various fields;
• Exposure to the unique integrated approach of Saath under the same roof, through work in varied sectors mentioned earlier
• Working with different stakeholders looking at how various partnerships work through mutual collaborations.

A Completion Certificate will be provided to the Fellows after the completion.

Eligibility
Students and Young Professionals from across the world can apply for the Saath Fellowship. Selection will be done on the basis of application form and a personal interview.

Application for the 2017 Saath Fellowship opens on 1st February 2017 and closes on 28 February 2017.
The Fellowship of 60 working daysdurationwill be in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and will start from 20/ 27 March 2017 and conclude on 17th June 2017.

Fees
There is no application fee. Upon successful selection for the Fellowship, candidates will be required to pay before starting of the Fellowship:
Indian candidates:Rs. 5,000
Non-Indian candidates: US$ 250

saath-fellowship-application-form

Do fill the internship form and send it to rdc@saath.org

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Credibility Alliance Certificate

July 29, 2016
Saath accredited by Credibility Alliance for good governance and promoting transparency and accountability among Social organisations for 5 years.
*Credibility Alliance is a consortium of Voluntary Organizations (VOs) committed towards enhancing Accountability and Transparency.

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ICE Awards

July 29, 2016
Saath's Annual Report 2014-15 selected among top 100 meritorious magazines by In-House Communication Excellence Awards, 2016, an initiative by Shailaja Nair Foundation.