MEC Project - NRO
The National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) gave the mandate to Kudumbashree to develop the idea of the Micro Enterprise Consultant (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 are drawn from the community, trained and placed locally to provide hand-holding 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.