Development of Niche Enterprise

People of remote, rural areas in Asia are constrained in their access to livelihood opportunities. In the absence of adequate infrastructure and economic enablers, people inhabiting such regions are forced to adopt subsistence livelihoods and often suffer from high levels of poverty and hunger. Lack of education and exposure is a handicap and deters the adoption of alternate occupations that would involve value-addition and hence higher revenues. Since markets are distant, the communities also have to suffer from an inequality of exchange. Although these regions are rich in niche resources and products, the communities receive very little of the economic benefits from these.

Pragya aims to improve the economic status of communities in the Himalayas and in the East African highlands and savannah belt. We are building the skills of communities in the traditional farm as well as non-farm sectors, and also facilitate occupational diversification, stimulating alternate occupations and value-adding processes. We promote enterprise clusters around the niche products and resources of the regions we work in, helping the rural producers with linkages to credit, buyers, and other enablers.

Towards ensuring fair and equitable trade relations, we help set up cooperative economic endeavours and transparent dealings with markets and buyers.

The project is being implemented in:
6 states (J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, W. Bengal, and Arunachal Pradesh) in the Indian Himalayas, and 3 districts (Humla, Dolpa, Mustang) in the Nepal Himalayas.
MPGC - Lahaul

Pragya facilitated Lahaul MPGC for a partnership with Dabur for commercial sales of cultivated MAPs - Saussurea, Inula and Aconitum...
Rural Museum - Dhankar

The societies inhabiting the Himalayan region in India have a rich cultural legacy that find...

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