Most of the rural households in the western region of Odisha face extreme economic and social distress. Being engaged mostly as landless, small and marginal farmers, many migrate in search of employment which often disrupts the lives of their families as women and children are forced to live in poor conditions. AJSA aims to promote livelihood and employment opportunities for poor and marginalized families through assured 100 days employment (under MGNREGS) and sustainable agriculture in rural areas.
The initiative involves programmes across various blocks of Bolangir District that are supported by Odisha Government, Ford Foundation & WONC among other valued partners. It involves organising awareness campaigns, formation/strengthening of SHG federations, capacity building of job seekers and PRI members, efforts for Integrated farm-based livelihood with all water harvesting structures, developing a sustainable livelihood security plan at GP level and creation of household/community level assets.
At present this programme has brought positive change in the existing livelihood practices of 4995 households of Bangomunda block through promotion of groups and skill building practices transforming the existing socio-cultural practices of the target communities to generate their livelihood. This has also empowered women in the community who are actively participating to make decisions at the community level.