Micro Entrerprise, Micro Finance & Sustainable Livelihood


The various initiatives promote growth with equity, skill development, mobilise savings and financial resources for productive enterprise activities, advocate tested methods of business and cluster-based approach to entrepreneurship. The efforts have not just institutionalised the Rural Entrepreneurship Development (RED) Model but have also led to noticeable poverty alleviation and employment generation in both rural and urban locales. The Centre conducts capacity-building programmes to strengthen development organisations - the agents of social change. Skill development programmes are undertaken to improve trade competencies of unemployed youth to improve their employability.

Designated as National Resource Agency for Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme (SVEP) by the Ministry of Rural Development, the Centre is actively establishing empirical evidence for an integrated ecosystem-enabling environment for micro enterprise development across several states. Inputs such as customary advisory services, local context-based pedagogy for soft skills, community-based micro business counsellors and performance tracking of micro enterprises coupled with EDII-EDP model form the focus. Priority to women-owned businesses, strengthening sectors such as handloom, handicrafts, agriculture and sanitation retain emphasis. Also, the Centre undertakes work for social enterprises, development organisations, financial institutions and corporate bodies through action research, documentation, strategy formulation and training.

Centre co-ordinator

Dr. Manoj Mishra



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Core Activities

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Programmes and Activities 2017-18

Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target Group Objectives & Outcome
2.1.1 (a) Start Up Village Entrepreneurship Program (SVEP) support - Secretariat at EDII HO EDII Campus 4 Years State Rural Livelihood Missions [SRLM], State Implemention Offices To offer need-based implementation support and devise necessary mechanisms for capacity building, suggest financing instruments and liaison with State Rural Livelihood Mission for effective implementation of SVEP.
2.1.1 (b) National Resource Organisation (NRO) and Program Implementation Agency for SVEP in 11 States Guj, MP, Odisha, Jharkhand, J&K, West Bengal, Haryana, UP, Telangana, Chattisgarh & Punjab  4 Years SRLM, Community Based Resource Persons and Institutions  To provide specialised support to the SRLM Directorates in 11 states. Create Community Resource Persons across 23 Blocks offering support to 36,818 number of enterprises in 4 years (Strengthening of Existing Enterprises - 2,771)
2.1.2 Support to National Mission Management Unit (NMMU) - under National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) at MoRD, GoI for Block Outreach and Empanelment of Additional Program Implementation Agencies (PIAs) 22 States  1 Year  Organizations / Institutions / NGOs  To provide support to NMMU for empanelling 240 additional PIAs for SVEP implementation across 240 Blocks in the country.
2.1.3 World Bank Assisted North East Rural Livelihoods Project (NERLP) Sikkim & Tripura 2 Years  SHG Women & their Family Members, Youth Creation of community cadre for Handholding of micro enterprises and also creating Business Models for value chain interventions across four blocks of two states in NE.
2.1.4 EDII-PWC Suport to MP Skill Development Mission for select ITIs Bhopal Throughout the year ITI students of Madhya Pradesh Capacity Building of Placement officers for select ITI across Madhya Pradesh to act as counsellors and provide necessary support to MPCVET (Madhya Pradesh Council for Vocational Education and Training) to create ED centres across MP.
2.1.5 Software support to Micro Enterprises for Market Potential assessment and Enterprise Tracking EDII Campus 12 Months MoRD & National Informatics Centre - Delhi  Develop Application for Micro Enterprise potential assessment and also GIS-enabled tracking for enterprises and appraisal of new enterprises
Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target Group Objectives & Outcome
2.2.1 MEPP Project (Micro Enterprise & Program Planning) Varanasi 3 Years Unemployed Youth A long-term ongoing project to ensure setting up of new enterprises. Aims at creating self-employment by promoting entrepreneurship among rural and urban population in Varanasi by targeting rural & urban enterprises that shall be selected from either the Manufacturing or Services sectors.
2.2.2 Total Sanitation & Waste Management Program Varanasi & Nainital/Haldwani 3 Years Unemployed Youth A long-term ongoing project to ensure setting up of new enterprises & upgradation of existing enterprises of products related to sanitation & wastage. Encourage cost effective and appropriate technologies for ecologically safe and sustainable sanitation.
2.2.3 Technology-based Entrepreneurship Development Program  (TEDP - 30) UP & Uttarakhand 3 Weeks Rural Youth To encourage and motivate potential entrepreneurs to set up technology-based new units through Entrepreneurship Development Programmes.
2.2.4 Agri Entrepreneurship  Kerala 5 Days Farmers and Support System of Agri Promotion Support officials and farmers for doing agri business effectively.
2.2.5 EDP for Unemployed Youth Kerala 20 Days Youth of Kerala Providing requisite skills and support to Kerala youth to enable them start their own ventures. 
2.2.6 Productivity Enhancement for Handlooms Kerala Throughout the year Handloom Entrepreneurs To support handloom weavers by providing common facilities.
2.2.7 Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP) Kerala Throughout the year ASAP sponsored Entrepreneurs/Students Scaling up of ASAP sponsored entrepreneurs.
2.2.8 Suchitwa Mission Kerala Throughout the year Potential Entrepreneurs Developing enterprises to support Suchitwa Mission.
2.2.9 ED Intervention in Local Self Government Bodies Kerala Throughout the year Unemployed Youth Supporting potential/existing entrepreneurs.
2.2.10 Enrollment of Coir workers under PMSBY (PM Suraksha Bima Yojana) and Registration of Coir Units under MSME 20 states Throughout the Year Coir Artisans Providing market accessibility and export potential to coir producers
2.2.11 Programme for Corporates Kerala 3 Days Hantex beneficiaries Improving skill set of management staff
2.2.12 Trainers Training Program on Sanitation Entrepreneurship Lucknow  2 Weeks  Trainers for NGOs Enhance the capacities of NGOs Trainers
2.2.13 Technical Agency for KVIC under SFURTI MP/Raj 3 Years Artisans of Khadi & Village Industries Technical support to selected agencies of KVIC
2.2.14 EDP for Safai Karmacharies 5 locations in Assam 1 Month Safai Karmacharies To create new opportunities of livelihood for Safai Karmacharis, EDP may be imparted to educate them about the various options available and help them establish their own enterprises.
2.2.15 Training on Solar Fish Drying  Assam  3 Days Fish Farmers To educate fish farmers on faster, hygienic and efficient fish drying technology. This value-addition would enable them to fetch better returns.
2.2.16 EDP in Artisanal Clusters  Bareilly, Kutch, J&K  5 Days  Handicraft Artisans  EDP to make artisans promoted under the Handicrafts Mega Cluster Mission more competitive in the market.
2.2.17 Technology-based Entrepreneur Development Programme (TEDPs)  Gorakhpur 4 months SC Unemployed  Aimed at creating self-employment by promoting entrepreneurship among SC/ST unemployed youth.
Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target Group Objectives & Outcome
2.3.1 Cottage and Rural Industries Policy   New States (To be explored)  3 Years Rural Entrepreneurs  Formulation of Cottage and Rural Industrial Policy for select states.
2.3.2 Manual - Village Enterpreneur Soft Skills   EDII Campus 3 Years Rural Entrepreneur  Development of Manual for Village Entrepreneur Soft Skill Development.
2.3.3 Action Research for Sub-Sectors - SVEP Across States  3 Years Rural Entrepreneur  Specific Action Researches to be undertaken under the SVEP Program implementation ambit.
Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target Group Objectives & Outcome
2.4.1 Customized Modules on FPO - MDPs EDII Campus 5 Days each Key Functionaries - collectives  Management Development Programmes for key functionaries of Farmers Producers Organisations.
2.4.2 Fee Based Program - Business Development Services  EDII Campus 5 Days each Business Academia & Policy People  Developing an understanding of the impact of BDS in promotion of Social Responsible Businesses (SRBs).
Sr. No. Activity Location Duration Target Group Objectives & Outcome
2.5.1 Informal Sector Enterprise, Entrepreneurship & Local Economic Development EDII Campus 6 Weeks  NGO Functionaries/ Banks and Government Officials To develop a cadre of professionals in developing countries practicing value chain related interventions in informal sector and engaged in local economic development.
2.5.2 Sustainable Livelihoods & Mainstreaming with Market EDII Campus 6 Weeks  NGO Functionaries/ Banks and Government Officials To enable Non-profit Organizations/ NGOs to achieve highest standards of excellence in governance and management practices.
2.5.3 Agri-Entrepreneurship and Supply Chain Management  EDII Campus 6 Weeks Govt officials & Professionals engaged in Agriculture related activities/ Officials from Agri-commodities market Rising food prices, wastage of food grains due to lack of storage facilities and demand for nutritious food has created plentiful opportunities for agriculture entrepreneurs, particularly in developing nations. Agriculture entrepreneurs will strive to develop agrarian prosperity; thereby transforming communities into a contributory resource for economic development.


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Policy Advocacy

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  • Developed Rural EDP Model for organizing Micro Entrepreneurship Development Programmes across the country and Trained Rural Trainers through Trainers' Training Programmes for sustenance of REDPs
  • Conceptualized a training programme for developing Rural Business Development Service Providers
  • Built capacities of NGO functionaries in Rural Marketing
  • Organised NGO-bankers' interface to sensitise banks towards the needs of REDP trainees and help NGOs establish linkages with banks
  • Honed skills of development professionals across 50 developing countries on Micro Enterprise, Micro Finance and Informal Sector Enterprise, Entrepreneurship & Local Economic Development


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Dr. Manoj Mishra

Area Of Apecification : Agri-Business, Micro Enterprise & Micro Finance

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

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