Be it economy or infrastructure, the government aims to make the country and its citizens independent and self-reliant in all senses.
Following the vision of prosperity, the Ministry of Rural Development has provided a Community Enterprise Fund loan worth Rs. 8.60 Crore to 2,614 SHG entrepreneurs. The loans were given for starting micro-enterprises in villages across 19 States under the Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme.
In the first place, let’s learn about Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme.
The Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme is a sub-scheme under National Rural Livelihood Mission to promote enterprises in rural areas. It aims to set up an eco-system for enterprise development in a block. This consists of a cadre of Community Resource Persons-Enterprise Promotion who provides business support services to entrepreneurs.
The scheme encompasses Identifying business ideas, Preparation of business plans, Accessing loans and other supports like marketing, maintaining accounts & Making business decisions.
Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme addresses three major pillars of rural start-ups that are finances, incubation and skill ecosystems. Activities under the Programme are strategically designed to promote rural enterprises.
One of the key areas is to develop a pool of community resource persons, enterprise promotion and support entrepreneurs setting up rural enterprises. Another key area is to promote the block resource centre in SVEP blocks. Assistance is provided to monitor and manage the community resource persons, appraise SVEP loan applications and acts as the repository of enterprise-related information in the concerned block.
Further, the eco-system also includes training and capacity building of entrepreneurs, seed capital for starting enterprises, marketing support for products and services. Besides, the Block Resource Centre is the single point solution for enterprise promotion and is also developed as part of the eco-system. Block Resource Centres play the role to support sustainable revenue models to operate effectively and independently.
During the celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, various activities have been organized under Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme from 6th to 12th September 2021. These events focus on creating awareness about the Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme scheme and how it supports SHG members who want to start micro-businesses in rural areas.
During these events, SHG entrepreneurs shared their experiences and journey of starting their enterprises in their villages, becoming entrepreneurs and various supports they received under the Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme. They also emphasized the strength of regular handholding to understand steps to do business, making it successful and also creating strong market linkages.
These events have also witnessed the participation of public representatives, Govt. officials and Community Based Organizations.
Apart from this, SHG entrepreneurs were provided initial training on entrepreneurship and detailed business plan of their proposed business were also prepared. States which participated in this initiative are Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.
The government has led many initiatives that have empowered the people for the New India of their dreams.
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