- Enable rural poor to establish their livelihood through livelihood generation activities.
- Develop local resources by training a pool of village-level community cadre.
- Help rural entrepreneurs access finance for starting their own enterprises.
- Provide market linkages to rural entrepreneurs.
- Convergence with other department and Corporates for economic upliftment
Schemes and programs under Nonfarm
A. Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Program (SVEP):
- Aims to encourage entrepreneurship initiatives among rural youth.
- Provides knowledge, advisory, and financial support to rural start-up entrepreneurs.
- Establishes systems for identification, assistance, and handholding support for setting up and sustaining enterprises.
- Trains block-level community cadre (CRP-EPs) in business management to support rural entrepreneurs.
B. Pradhanmantri Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PMFME):
- Enhances the competitiveness of micro food processing enterprises.
- Supports credit access, branding, marketing, formalization, common services, and institutional strengthening through SNA (GAICL).
- Provides credit-linked capital subsidy and seed capital to individual and group Micro Food Processing Enterprises and self-help groups (SHGs) through State Nodal Agency (GAICL).
- Offers training and handholding support to SHGs and other existing units under GLPC.
C. Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AGEY):
- A sub-scheme of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM).
- Enables SHGs to operate road transport services in remote rural areas.
- Provides safe, affordable, and community-monitored rural transport services through CBO, and SHGs.
- Connects remote villages with essential services, promoting economic development and creating livelihood opportunities.
D. Micro Enterprise Development (MED):
- A component under SVEP to support SHGs and their family member enterprises in the non-farm sector.
- Provides necessary hand-holding and post-enterprise grounding support.
- Mobilizes & provided finance from the Community Investment Fund (CIF), Bank loan and through Convergence under NRLM, as well as banks/financial institutions.
- Supports SHG entrepreneurs with training, and capacity building for micro enterprises.
E. Convergence with other Departments and Corporates
- Collaboration between SHGs and multiple government departments and agencies.
- Initiatives include Plastic Waste Collection, Fair price shops, Electricity bill and meter reading, Neem seed collection, education transport services, Canteen & Catering services, AMUL Dairy centres, and Sheetal ice cream shops
- These programs have empowered over 5.00 lakhs rural women in Gujarat through various non-farm livelihood activities, promoting entrepreneurship, market access, and sustainable economic growth in rural communities.