Livelihood Programmes

          Water Resource Development

The VC’s in the various villages took up the problems related to the availability and management of water resources for their crops. Through these VC’s and with the mobilization and assistance of the Government Officials resources were mobilized. This was done mostly through local Government Officials who participated and supported these initiatives. Village leaders were trained in watershed programs and in 14 hamlets such programs were realized. These programs varied from: earthen embankments, to irrigation wells, to check dams to intake wells, land development and a number of related agricultural programs such as: agro-forestry, improved agricultural techniques, the introduction of cash crops (especially in the dry season), and some co-operative type of farm production.

Under this water Management scheme 57 diesels pump sets purchased under a Government subsidy program and were given to each individual and the participating party paid 50%. The final outcome is that all with the exception of 1 have repaid their loans that were taken out to finance this operation. Farmers are now able to use these pumps and to some extend growing horticultural crops in the dry season. This has had a direct impact on food availability, nutrition and as a result now one can sees more fresh vegetables in the local markets during the dry season. Some of these vegetable fine way to market through a cooperative effort into a regional market. Although this approach is still very much in its infancy but will be enhanced under the new project.

          Human Resource Development:

Due to utter poverty and illiteracy in Tribals area, in most of the villages they are most exploited by reach and vested group of people. Though they have lot of resources and potentialities they are not able to use them to develop themselves. So to enhance their knowledge and skills various training programs were conducted on agriculture, horticulture, savings and credit, village leadership, pump repair and other project planning, monitoring and evaluation etc. ANGNA realizes that knowledge and opportunities provided to community will enhance their life style and this is the reason ANGNA has developed human resource development programs which enhanced knowledge and skill of people who are now actively taking up pro active roles of the development of villages.


It is a government Programme. ANGNA has taken initiative to mobilize farmers to form Panipanchayat in each villages/ hamlets. Panipanchayats is registered under society registration act 1860. Through this government program farmers get minor irrigation programmes for the cultivation. Farmers are stakeholder of Panipanchayat in their own village. Through this project the infrastructure development for agriculture for the increase of production and increase of family income is initiated. This programme is under progress.

          Micro Entrepreneurship:

90% of tribal families depend on agriculture for their daily living. According to our last base line survey in year 2004, 83% families in Kutra block do not have food security. Most families get their food from agriculture for 5 to 6 months and for the rest of the year they have to look for food from secondary sources. Therefore it is a big challenge to bring food security in families. Due to the lack of food security many youths both boys and girls migrate to towns and cities in search of cheap labor. In this situation Organization has taken Entrepreneurship programme as one of its priority. Training women mostly the SHG members in different trade like poultry, piggery, goatery, dairy, marketing of agriculture and Minor forest produce has been under taken since 5 years.

          Tribal cooperative:

Gangpur Tribal Multipurpose Cooperative is a federation of 90 women self Help groups. It is not a registered Cooperative but is run under the leadership of ANGNA. This is an effort to mobilize the local resource both human as well as material to improve their livelihood. To bring together uneducated and poor women is not an easy task. The small savings of women is given in lending to the groups. Training the leaders both in leadership and financial management and make them instrumental in making their community a vibrant community is a challenging task. Organization is running this cooperative since 8 years. These groups are formed not only for improving their financial conditions but also to build their communities. The cooperative is still at the very infant stage and lot more has to be done.