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Progress of Flagship Projects

Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan
Hon'ble Chief Minister, Kerala

Dr. K. T. Jaleel
Hon'ble Minister for Local Self Govt. Department

Shri. S. Harikishore IAS
Executive Director, Kudumbashree


Launched by the Government of Kerala in 1998 for wiping out absolute poverty from the State through concerted community action under the leadership of Local Self Governments, Kudumbashree is today one of the largest women-empowering projects in the country. The programme has 41 lakh members and covers more than 50% of the households in Kerala. Built around three critical components, credit, entrepreneurship and empowerment, the Kudumbashree initiative has today succeeded in addressing the basic needs of the less privileged women, thus providing them a more dignified life and a better future. Literal meaning of Kudumbashree is prosperity (Shree) of family (Kudumbam).

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Organization Strengthening

Kudumbashree has a huge, distinctive CBO network. To attain the annual targets and goals set by Mission in a time bound manner, every member of the community network system has to be sensitized about Kudumbashree Programmes. Kudumbashree is also engaged in the implementation of various poverty eradication programmes and of socio-economic, developmental programmes of LSGs and Government departments through the community network. It is therefore necessary to augment and improve the skills and know...

Social Development

Social Development is the process of prioritizing human needs, in the growth and progression of society. This focuses on improving the lives of regular citizens, especially the poor, to make society a better place to live for everyone. Here people are placed at the center of development. This points to a commitment that development process must benefit people by bringing changes in behavior, norms and conventions that pattern human interaction. Kudumbashree through its social development initiat...

Micro Enterprises and Marketing

Micro Enterprise promotion and development is an important strategy of Kudumbashree Mission to facilitate economic empowerment of the poor. Kudumbashree Mission promotes individual and group enterprises through the RME and Yuvasree enterprise schemes. The Mission developed specific strategies analyzing the requirements of enterprises. This constitutes trainings, financial support and marketing support to the enterprises and the support is extended to the existing micro enterprises and new ones....

Micro Finance

Kudumbashree with its core mission to wipeout absolute poverty through women empowerment has indeed touched many lives through its integrated, comprehensive approach. Thousands of the poor and the marginalized population are building their lives, their families and their society through these neighborhood groups. The financial empowerment of women in Kerala through the focused initiative of Kudumbashree has gone long way drawing even International recognition. Since inception Microfinance has be...

Agriculture & Animal Husbandry

Kudumbashree since its inception along with Community Mobilization and Capacity Building has promoted Micro Enterprises as Income Generation Activity for its members. Animal Husbandry projects of Goat rearing and Cow rearing were implemented initially along with Lease Land Farming initiatives. Taking into consideration market needs, Samagra Animal Husbandry projects namely Goat Village, Ksheerasagaram and Nature Fresh Milk were later implemented which eventually transformed into Farmer's Produce...

Gender Development

Gender programmes of Kudumbashree aims to create awareness about the rights, status and justice of women by themselves through the discussions of their experiences, identify their role in the local development process, and equip women to recognize about their rights, inequalities and violence against them. It has been creating an understanding of violation of human rights of women for nearly a decade. The program attempted to create awareness among the women as well as sensitized the society aro...

Tribal Development

The Tribal special project is an initiative of Kudumbashree in collaboration with the Tribal department to address the special issue of the tribal population of the state, in a systematic manner. The project primarily targets at bringing the marginalized tribals under the aegis of the Kudumbashree network and provide them with facilities which were otherwise less accessible or denied, as part of its poverty eradication mission. The objectives of the mission is planned to be achieved with the act...

Attappady Special Project

Exclusive Adivasi Women’s Collectives for Regenerating Agriculture for Food and Nutritional Security, Economic Sustainability and Self-Reliance. The project aims to uplift the social and economic status of Irula, Muduga and Kurumba tribal communities of Attappady. Sustainable livelihoods like agriculture and allied activities need to be developed where the community can be self-reliant and self sufficient in food. Women’s institutions would be built up for total financial inclusion leading towar...

Collectives and Producer Companies

Kudumbashree was working to strengthen the livelihood and economic empowerment of women since Inception. Economic empowerment and poverty alleviation are crucial for the empowerment of Women. In order to help women in its network to increase income, Kudumbashree has focused on Micro Enterprises. Later in 2007 the concept of Samagra was introduced with the objective of achieving scale in enterprise activities, bringing more technical facilitation based on local resources, convergence of funds and...


The Government of India has set an ambitious target for providing skill training to 500 million of its youth by 2022, which is in line with the estimated demand for skilled manpower over the next decade. As per the 2011 Census, India has 55 million potential workers between the ages of 15 and 35 years in rural areas. At the same time, many industrialized nations are facing an ageing population problem. Some of these countries are expected to face a cumulative shortage of 57 million workers by 20...


The Hon'ble President of India, in his address to the Joint Session of Parliament on 9th June, 2014 had announced "By the time the Nation completes 75 years of its Independence, every family will have a pucca house with water connection, toilet facilities, 24x7 electricity supply and access." Hon'ble Prime Minister envisioned Housing for All by 2022 when the Nation completes 75 years of its Independence. In order to achieve this objective, Central Government has launched a compre-hensive mission...


National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM), a centrally sponsored scheme has been launched in Kerala as a continuation to the erstwhile Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY) to alleviate poverty and vulnerability of the urban poor. Kudumbashree Mission is selected as the Nodal Agency for implementation of the project in the state. Executive Director of Kudumbashree is functioning as the State Mission Director of NULM. State Mission Management Unit has been set up to support the mission dir...


The Empowered Committee of Ministry of Rural Development on NRLM/NRLP has approved the Action Plan of NRLM submitted by Kudumbashree for an amount of Rs. 9000.73 lakhs for the year 2017-18. The Empowered Committee has also approved an Action Plan of Rs. 596.72 lakhs for Attapady and Rs. 203.28 for Elderly Inclusion under NRLP. A sum of Rs. 35 lakhs was approved for SARAS fair during the year 2017-18. The Total amount approved for release under NRLM is Rs. 60 crores only (both Central and State s...

Kudumbashree NRO

In 2012, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India recognized Kudumbashree’s potential to support other States by anointing it as a National Resource Organisation (NRO) under the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM). As a NRO, Kudumbashree holds the mandate to partner with interested State Rural Livelihood Missions (SRLMs) and provide them with technical and implementation support.

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