WHO WE ARE
Established in late 1998 as trust, NEEDS [Network for Enterprise Enhancement and Development Support] have started intervention in selected poverty stricken pockets of Bihar and Jharkhand and brought about a significant change in the life of women and children in terms of food security, sustainable livelihood and overall empowerment of the participating community. Micro enterprises like creating irrigated cropping round the year, developing maize, beans clusters, poultry clusters, vermi compost producer villages, establishing multi tire cropping systems, enhancing rice productivity by 4 fold are significant changes that are visible.
Inclusion strategies are put in forefront, gender issues are incorporated and digital divide has been addressed as empowerment indicators in the program of NEEDS. The technology modulation center established in one of the block is to conduct R&D in technical and social enterprising is contributing largely to our program success. We are conducting volunteering and leadership programs among young youths known as master trainers and service providers and engaging them with community is a successful model of NEEDS in supporting community particularly of tribal women segments and to bring about knowledge/ skill sustenance at community level.
One of our important focuses is institutional arrangements in self-help format and their skill building while creating a shared vision for change. While creating shared vision, community shares a holistic approach towards development that includes improved health and education access by women and children in particular. Financial inclusion has been ensured of ultra-poor families through banks and micro finance institutions as graduation criteria for withdrawal by NEEDS.