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Micro Enterprise Consultants (MECs)

Absence of a local expert support mechanism that provides support to entrepreneurs was among the key lacunae identified through the ME Survey. The CDS leadership could not be expected to carry-out such specialized roles, given their governance responsibilities. To address the issue the Mission developed an institutionalized support process at the local level that will support the entrepreneurs.

Micro Enterprise Consultants (MECs) are educated men and women identified by the CDS from among Kudumbashree families. They were capacitated in various fields with the support of institutions like Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Thoughts Academy etc. They were given business management training of the MECs, in collaboration with the Timbaktu Collective in Andhra Pradesh. Selected MECs were given CREAM (Certificate in Rural Entrepreneurship Administration and Management) training that was offered over a period of 42 days (7 months x 6 days each) covering all aspects related to business management. Using the CREAM trained MECs as Master-trainers, the business management training was extended to all the MECs, through the TEAM training programme (Training for Entrepreneurship Administration and Management). The TEAM training was spread over 22 days (5 days each month for four months)

In order to facilitate institutionalization of the MEC mechanism, Kudumbashree Mission has recently issued guidelines for setting up MEC Groups as self-supporting enterprises. Accordingly, groups of MECs have come together to set up support enterprises. 33 MEC Groups have been established in 14 districts with a membership of 300 MECs.