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A critical element in India’s 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017) is the generation of productive employment on an adequate scale.

With a focus on large scale creation of sustainable livelihoods, Swades Foundation is using various skilling and training programmes to convert rural population into able entrepreneurs and skilled employees.


The Swades Foundation targets an annual family income of Rs. 2 lakhs per household through agriculture and livelihood programmes. To achieve this, our livelihood programme focuses on multiple platforms ranging from skilling, employability training & job placement to establishing small business enterprises.


The essence of empowerment is a fulfilling livelihood enabling each individual to care for him/herself and family.


Create an ecosystem for rural economic development by reaching out to every economically-challenged household in our target geography and enabling them to become ‘economically stable’.


Rural enterprises to generate local employment:

• We have established one Rural BPO employing 200 youth and will establish at least 4 BPOs employing 1000 youth / families in total in the next 3 years

• We have setup 1000+ backyard poultry units and aim to setup 15,000 units in total in the next 3 years

• We also plan to setup 5000 goatry units in total in the next 3 years

Cashew Enterprise Development Program

• We are supporting 20 cashew processing units with backward and forward linkages, we will support at least a total of 100 units in total in the next 3 years

Employment-oriented skill development program for youth

• We have provided employability skill development training to 2,800 youths and aim to provide this to 15,000 youths in total in the next 3 years

• We along with IL&FS have established employment linked vocational training centres aiming to train and employ a total of 10,000 youths in the next 3 years

Providing Employment Opportunities

• We have conducted several job fairs leading to employment of more than 100 youths in companies from the organised sector

Community-based enterprises

• We have already registered two community-based enterprises, one for our farmers and the other for our community health volunteers, we plan to establish a total of 6 such enterprises in the next 3 years