The Society for Technology & Action for Rural Advancement (TARA) is a social enterprise set up in the year 1985 at New Delhi, India. It is an “incubation engine” of the Development Alternatives Group which has been providing development solutions in India and elsewhere.
The vision of Development Alternatives Group is to create sustainable livelihoods on a large scale and to thus mobilize widespread action to eradicate poverty and regenerate the environment.
Build capacity, incubate business models and manage processes to create economic, social and environmental value on a large scale.
Technology solutions for the poor – TARA Makes it Possible
TARA as an “enabler”, is instrumental in the creation of livelihood support systems, training and capacity building for the rural poor and marginalized communities. TARA as an “aggregator” bundles support service packages, help large corporation explore new markets and also aggregate the output of local producer groups including micro, mini and small enterprises and connect these groups to market opportunities for BOP access and market development for ethical products and services. Governments,
large Corporations and Civil Society networks benefit from TARA’s expertise as a “manager” of large awareness creation, environmental action, community development and service delivery programmes in areas such as affordable housing, renewable energy, water management, sustainable agriculture, waste management and recycling.
Training and Capacity Building
Recognizing that skills and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development, TARA Livelihood Academy (TLA) a vehicle to impart skills: focuses on short, relevant and effective courses that would get candidates into the workplace, i.e. skill training must ensure a job for those who seek it. TLA works with industrial tie ups to ensure jobs after imparting the training
TARA Livelihood Academy (TLA) offers comprehensive training programmes on issues related to its developmental activities. TLA sees training not as an end in itself, but as part of a larger process that includes application of learning into development activities
Training and Capacity building services of TARA are divided in three given below categories.
Employ ability skills
To maximize the utility of training for participants, TLA provides customized training on specific topics relating to its core areas, in which it customizes training to the specific requirements of participating individuals or organizations. These specially designed training enable the participants to adapt their learning and field observations so as to meet their organizational and professional development needs.
Certified and Recognized as:
Vocational Training Provider for Uttar Pradesh under the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE), Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
SIYB (Start and Improve Your Business) by the International Labour Organization (ILO)
One of the Top 3 HP LIFE Centres from among 349 centres around the world by Hewlett Packard
2 Vocational Training Centres and 7 Community Training Centres in Bundelkhand
Trained over 1900 youth and women in 2011-12
Current Clients include: Hewlett Packard, Noida Power Company Limited, JCB, Government of Madhya Pradesh (DPIP Project); NABARD, JICA, Rajiv Gandhi Watershed Mission etc.
TLA has undertaken many projects to impart training and capacity building services. Some of these projects include: Literacy to Self-Reliance (Noida Power Company Limited (NPCL), Greater Noida); Capacity Building and Training of NGOs and CSOs (Forest Department of Government of Uttar Pradesh); Training on various types of Vocational Skills (District Poverty Initiative Programme (DPIP), Madhya Pradesh); Training to Watershed CommitteeMembers (Rajiv Gandhi Watershed Mission, Bhopal) and many more.
Over the last two and a half years, TLA has trained over 3500 people in various vocational and entrepreneurship development skills. Their capacities have been built on different areas such as Livelihood Security Enhancement, Income Generation Activities, Management of forest committees, preparation of micro plan etc.
How tara bringing change ?
A short story
Sahariya tribe is a nomadic tribe in Madhya Pradesh that deals with poverty of the magnitude that mothers buy saris and tear them in half so that their daughters have something to wear. These people have little money available for essentials, let alone luxuries like education. The women are typically very badly treated, often turning to prostitution or collecting dry wood to sell to neighboring towns and villages to make ends meet.
This is when TARA (Technology and Action for Rural Advancement) came to their rescue in 1996 by setting up a handmade paper plant in Orchha, MP. TARA and its parent organization, Development Alternatives (DA) have striven to bring people, environment and technology together – delivering lasting solutions for basic human needs. TARA has done in- house innovations of various green technology and their Paper Recycling unit is one of them.
On observing that the Sahariya women were skilled with their hands, TARA imparted training to 21 women in making paper products like notebooks and file covers, and started the Handmade Paper Unit with 30 women who learnt to convert cotton rags to paper. With 29 surrounding villages as its stakeholders, the paper unit has flourished and now employs more than 60 Sahariya women.
The Handmade Paper Unit has changed the lives of these Sahariya women who can now earn enough to feed and clothe themselves, and have gained sufficient skills to to create innovative products. More so, they have been able to carve out a life of dignity for themselves, and have also established a women’s cooperative – the Sahariya Sangram Samiti, meaning the Struggle of the Sahariya Cooperative. This cooperative not only provides the women with literacy and skills training, but has also become the village node for loans and saving accounts.
Sahariya are truly writing their futures on the paper they make!
Tigela More, Gram Bavedi Jungle,
Orchha, Tikamgarh District
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