Our deep interventions in the areas of skill development and sustainable livelihood seek to equip local community members with crucial employment-generating skills. These include entrepreneurship development programmes for women, vocational training, financial literacy, agriculture-based skill and capacity building initiatives. A significant quantum of our endeavours is aimed at fostering grassroots entrepreneurship in India’s rural margins, with women at the forefront of economic activities.
Vedanta Skill School
Looking at the increasing demand for skilled workforce, BALCO started the Vedanta Skill School in Korba, Chhattisgarh, with a two-fold objective – to address the need for quality skill training of the local youth and to develop extensive placement linkages for providing gainful entry-level employment opportunities to them. The success of the first Skill School in Korba led to the creation of two more schools at Mainpat and Kawardha, which have together benefited thousands of young women and men in the region.
Jeevika Samridhhi is our agriculture-based sustainable livelihood project at Jharsuguda, Odisha, which focuses on effective land and water management. We undertook this project with the aim to introduce small and marginal farmers to better, more efficient, and sustainable methods of farming, thereby increasing quantum of yield and sustained return on agricultural investment. This project augments irrigation infrastructure, promotes advanced agricultural practices, application of bio-fertiliser and pesticides, with an objective to make farming a remunerative profession.
With changes in climate having far-reaching consequences on agriculture, BALCO decided to address the lack of awareness about modern agricultural practices among the local farming community and help them overcome challenges in agricultural yield, irrigation infrastructure and knowledge of advanced farming methods. From developing watersheds to creation of Farmer Producer Organization (FPO) and Vedanta Agriculture Research Centre (VARC), the programme continues to benefit thousands of farmers in the region.