APPL Foundation in collaboration with Starbucks Foundation, Barefoot College and SHRI Foundation has initiated a positively impact the lives of rural Assamese women and their communities at Hathikuli. The programme addresses holistically; better health and wellness, sanitation at community level and economic Opportunity, vis à vis secondary livelihood development. In order to mapping the current situation, opportunities and needs in order to establish a long-term road map for intervention and implementation a team of experts visited the communities. A reciprocal visit by members of APPLF and APPL to Barefoot College’s campus at Tilonia strengthened the network of collaborators.
The first step in the programme was the solar training
Two women volunteered to join the Barefoot campus in Tilonia and underwent solar training and to become on-the-estate Solar Training Facilitators. Their transformative journey began in the first week of April, leaving their villages for the first time and traveling along across 5 states from the very eastern state of India to the hot and humid plains of Rajasthan, crossing over 4 states and 2,500km — the widest stretch of the country. After graduation they are back in their communities and will soon start to help in undertaking selection of women for solar enterprise team where they will be the trainers.
Another major accomplishment of the programme is Enriche training. A host of women, young and old from the community have been trained by Enriche Master Trainers. After a composite training on the Enriche Curriculum Peer-to-Peer Facilitators (PPFs) have been formed who will in future generate awareness among to women across selected communities. The PPFs have bene trained and generate awareness on Human, Legal & Civil Rights, Financial Literacy, Self-Awareness & Agency, Sustainable Living Practices, Functional Digital Literacy and Micro Enterprise Skills. Other identified behavioral challenges as poor savings behaviour, domestic violence (especially due to substance abuse), poor family structures, and teenage pregnancy were also part of the training programme.
The programme in future will initiate activities in relation to WASH, sanitation, beekeeping and digital literacy besides continuing the ongoing initiatives.