Social Enterprise creating livelihood for SHGs
Conducting regular Training programs to social enterprises. BISWA has promoted marketing outlets which displays the products manufactured by the MSME/ SHG’s and retails it.Common Facility Centers for Brass and Bell-metal artisans at Ganesh nagar, Dist: Sambalpur and at Katapali, Dist: Bargarh and for Leaf cup-plate makers at Charichhak, Dist: Boudh. Cluster Development: Bamboo at Jhankarbahali, Dist: Sambalpur and Kudumulguma, Ghanabeda in Dist: Malkangiri; Bamboo craft (Kandi) in Gariabandh of Raipur district (focussing on Kamar tribe) and Dhokra at Kishorenagar, Dist: Angul and at Bairapari, Dist: Malkangiri. Handloom at Gopalpur in Jajpur and Bagbadi in Jagatsinghpur Districts.
Natural Resource Management conservation and protection
Natural Resource Management through conservation and protection of forest, Plantations, crop diversification done at community level to have sustainable livelihood as well as environment protection. Preservation of water through conventional as well as scientific method for optimum utilization.
Water & Sanitation make environment healthy
Promoting sanitation is an integral component of BISWA’s social sector strategy. The Organization has been identified as a key resource centre of Orissa State Water & Sanitation Mission for eight Districts: Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sonepur, Deogarh, Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj and Boudh under the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC). It works with Government and other partners to create conditions for change or enabling environments to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of all water and sanitation campaigns.
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- Basic Needs Programme: (Availability of safe drinking water, Establishment of Innovative Schools, Enhancing Health status, Community Based Medicine Distribution Centers, Construction of Water harvesting Structures to facilitate irrigation).
- Socialization of Leprosy Cured Person: Socialization of leprosy cured persons through engagement in different enterprises to refrain from begging.
- Education: BISWA is trying to bridge gender and social gaps in primary education and create an innovative school model which is affordable, effective and qualitative.
- Rehabilitation of Beggars (leprosy cured): BISWA has initiated a challenging activity to rehabilitate the leprosy cured beggars at Puri in the state of Orissa.
- Corporate Social Responsibilities: The Organization facilitates the Corporates through proper project planning and implementation for optimal utilization of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) framework in sync with BISWA’s vision and mission.
- Programmes for Differently Abled People: The Organization has appointed number of staff with several types of disabilities and also efforts are on to identify differently Abled people from villages under several categories, where they are supported with health and care services and encouraged with microfinance support for different income generating activities.
- Tribal Development Programme: With a vision to create a poverty-free society, an mainstreaming the tribal population the Organization has started intervening with the tribal population in its operational area.
- Women & Child: BISWA has been supported by the Department of Women and Child Development, Government of India to establish one SWADHAR home for trafficked/destitute women and women in difficulty. BISWA is also running an child home (orphanage) from its own sources for orphans and trafficked children. Family Counselling Centre and Help Line Desk to extend need based help to women in difficult situation and restoration of family peace.
- Intervention in Handicraft Sector: Through cluster approach in Bell Brass Metal craft, Bamboo craft, Dhokra craft, sisal craft, leaf cups and plates, handloom, stone carving and terracotta traditional art and craft with Providing Common Facility Centre and Industrial Training Institutions.
- BISWA Cultural Unit: BISWA takes initiative to restore the fading culture by locating cultural talents, bringing out the best out of them, which are groomed under the umbrella of “BISWA Cultural Troupe”, "BISWA Rangamahl".
- BISWA as a state resource centre has undertaken training programmes targeting Anganwadi workers, Auxiliary Nurses, Midwives and Primary school teachers in Sambalpur, and Deogarh districts. Training on Self Help Group activities to participants sponsored by Nehru Yubak Kendra Sangathan.
- Establishment of efficient and user friendly lights in 100 villages; 100% elimination of use of kerosene by 2010.
- Initiation of peace restoration in strife torn region with organizing peace march and meetings.
Social Finance Mission
Products in Micro Finance: Credit, Savings, Insurance etc.
803048 SHG Members in 48927 SHGs in 108 Districts in 14 States
Total no. of SHGs extended Revolving Loan Fund – 48,165
Total Credit as on 31st March, 2010 – Rs. 9,12,86,77,510
Total Outstanding as on 31st March, 2010 - Rs. 2,29,67,27,083
Rate of repayment (cumulative) – 98.9%
BISWA Network an umbrella organization
BISWA Network is one of our umbrella Organizations, continuing in performing its role and responsibilities sincerely and quite active in conducting several activities for strengthening partnership with NGOs nationwide. Its endeavors are mainly focused on coordination with partner NGOs and simultaneously to enhance their ability to execute different operations in association with BISWA. In its five pronged area of activity BISWA Network has been able to evolve some new ideas which have been supportive in holding conducive relationship with partner NGOs and looking forward to further cultivate it for qualitative and quantitative outcomes.
BISWA Research Documentation and Consultancy
BISWA Research, Documentation and Consultancy wing works on the whole range of content and strategy needs for the Organization including case studies, interviews, market research, Internet research, e-books, e-learning content, information analysis, book reviews, research collaboration, innovations, training manuals, courseware, process documentation in audio-visual documentation, annual reports, policies and procedures, community development lessons and grassroots instructional illustrations.
ICT Info. Communication Technology
BISWA sought to develop and strengthen the technology skills of its members. In 2011-12 BISWA could be the proud owner and user of a State-of-art information communication technology and computer system with following software in its operation.
Disaster Management best practices
Taking serious note of different disasters in the state of Orissa in the last decade, BISWA has under taken a number of activities in enabling the people to reduce their vulnerability to overcome such untoward events through disaster management, preparedness and mitigation activities. Some awareness programmes have also been carried out to create a sense of responsibility and accountability to solve the problems at community level. BISWA was involved in relief and rescue operations, which took a heavy toll of life and property during the recent flood.
Health and Nutrition improving health of SHGs
The Organization sincerely works towards bringing down the child mortality, improving maternal health, Ophthalmic Care, Popularizing Blood Donation activities, mental health, Creating awareness on HIV/AIDS/TB and Malaria, Community Based Drug Distribution Centre, Urban Health Care Centre, Emergency Health support with Ambulance services and Regular Health Camps at Rural outset It has taken the oath to work as a force to change the stigma and discrimination associated with diseases like tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Leprosy by creating repeated expeditions of awareness in the community.