Udyogini was set up to co-ordinate and facilitate management training for grassroots women’s groups for the World Bank Institute-funded Women’s Enterprise Management Training Outreach Program (WEMTOP). This was a three-year participatory action-learning project aimed at developing an appropriate curriculum and visual-based training materials on micro enterprise management to build capacity in NGOs to do enterprise as well as to train women at the grassroots to manage enterprises.
Value Chain Development
Udyogini has done a number of studies on value chain and markets. These include: a study for Oxfam on the vegetable value chain in Eastern UP; a feasibility study for commodity trading and dal mill for Aharam Producers’ Company, Tamil Nadu; a feasibility study for developing supply chain and market channel system for local markets in Bageshwar district for UPASac, Uttarakhand; a number of business plans for enterprises involving forest committees in MP for the forest department of the government of MP.
Microenterprise Training and Handholding
Udyogini’s core competency is in business services and microenterprise development for women. One of the key strengths of Udyogini is its own micro-enterprise development work with women spread across several backward states of India, including Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand that adds to the resource-pool of practical knowledge and theory construction which is later consolidated and incorporated in its training programs. Each year it trains around 150-200 NGO personnel through its well known Training of Enterprise Support Team(TEST) program on micro-enterprise development and management which is a result of accumulation of its knowledge and experience in its own field interventions.
BDS Consultancies & Market Linkages
Udyogini has helped many craft organizations and private microentrepreneurs link to the market through exhibitions it has organized in the past in locations such as Dilli Haat, the crafts bazaar in New Delhi. More recently, it has linked its partner NGO in Jharkhand to market players for purchase of dried lac from its producers.Udyogini is gearing up to play a more strategic role by having advisory groups in some states comprising important buyers who will advise on organizing the supply chains.