MEC Project - NRO
The National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) gave the mandate to Kudumbashree to develop the idea of the MEC Project in 2012. The MEC project aims at ensuring appropriate and effective business management support for enterprises of first-generation, rural entrepreneurs supported among NRLM compliant self-help groups. Micro Enterprise Consultants (MEC) are drawn from the community, trained and placed locally to provide handholding support to existing and potential entrepreneurs on a chargeable basis. The MEC mechanism is designed to be a self-reliant business model, reducing the long-term financial burden on the State.
Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme (SVEP) - NRO
The Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme (SVEP) is a sub-component of NRLM that was initiated in 2014-15. The MEC Project was among the models that went into the design of SVEP. KS-NRO played a crucial role in the development of SVEP. The resource persons identified from the community are trained as Community Resource Persons for Enterprise Promotion (CRP-EP). The Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India, has identified Kudumbashree as a NRO for SVEP. So far, four states have taken up SVEP Projects with KS-NRO as the implementation agency.
PRI - CBO Convergence Project - NRO
The Panchayati Raj Institutions - Community Based Organizations (PRI - CBO) Convergence Project is being supported by Kudumbashree NRO in designing and implementing locally contextualized interventions. It promotes the working together of women’s institutions with local governments to enhance governance and improve service delivery. Since 2013, the PRI-CBO Convergence project has been piloted in partner States such as Maharashtra, Odisha, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Assam. In 2016, MoU was signed between Tripura and KS-NRO for the implementation of PRI-CBO Convergence project in pilot locations in Tripura.