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NSRLM area coordinators undergo training on SHGs

(Left) Participants carrying out PRA exercise at Zani Village (right) Participants checking out a vermicompost pit at Renlok SHG in Naga United Village.

Kohima, October 2: Newly appointed Area Coordinators along with staff of the Nagaland State Rural Livelihood Mission (NSRLM) underwent a Training of Trainers (ToT) exercise at AIDA, Dimapur from September 25 to October 1 with focus on Self Help Groups and institutions of poor.
‘Training Manual on Self Help
Groups’ book to be released soon

Considering the need for expertise in the field, the participants were taught concepts, definition and functions of SHGs, Village Level Organisations and Federations with both theoretical and practical tools. Topics included overview on NRLM and its implications such as social inclusion, financial inclusion, livelihoods, monitoring and evaluation. On SHGs, features and functions were focused upon, inclusive of a range of topics like developing micro plans, income generating activities, socio-economic benefits of membership in SHGs and federations, bank linkages, participatory rural appraisal, participatory identification of poor, social mapping, resource mapping among others.

Resource persons were M. Rollan Lotha, state program manager (NSRLM); Menuoneituo Chadi, state program manager (NSRLM); Imonenla Imkong, state program manager (NSRLM); Sentinaro Longkumer, state program manager (NSRLM); Francisca Jojo (AIDA); Pfokho John (AIDA); R.K. John (AIDA); Akhrienou Rhakho (AIDA); Samuel Gangmei (AIDA) and Mark Lanthau (AIDA). Participants were apprised on job description and vision of National Rural Livelihood Mission by Motsuthung Lotha, Mission Director, NSRLM and Visasolie Lhoungu, Chief Executive Officer, NSRLM respectively.

The area coordinators went for field visits to Zani Village and Naga United Village where they carried out PRA exercises and interacted with VLO and Federation members.

Meanwhile, a press note stated here that NSRLM is coming out with a ‘Training Manual on Self Help Groups’ book scheduled to be released soon. The state specific manual is a first of its kind and is a result of thorough research and practical appraisals. This manual will be helpful especially for trainers on SHGs and institution building.

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