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Assistance for Rehabilitation of Rural Artisan/Agriculturists in
the Earthquake Affected Areas of Gujara
Progress Report April to July 2001
The support from the Honorable Prime Minister's National Relief Fund, was prompt and extremely timely. This enabled SEWA to initiate emergency economic rehabilitation, thereby provide immediate work and income security. This helped reduce the vulnerability of the worst affected and the poor communities in the affected villages.

SEWA in the coming year from August 2001 to December 2001 plans to consolidate and strengthen the ongoing economic rehabilitation programmes. Also make the programmes viable and sustainable.

  Craft as means of Livelihood Security Programme
  The work for 3000 artisans will continue. SEWA has completed the identification of remaining 4000 artisans, along with their skill testing. At the end of the year, all the 7000 artisans will be covered under the programme.
  Marketing Strategy
  However, SEWA will have to invest heavily in developing a sound and realistic marketing strategy. This will require investment of resources as well as qualified expertise. SEWA in collaborating with the McKinsey & Co. and Boston Consulting Group, to develop a long term marketing strategy. The teams are currently working, and the plans will be prepared by August end.

SEWA will have to mobilize additional resources, to implement the marketing plan.
  Salt Farming
  The next salt season commences from October 2001. SEWA has identified about 1000 salt farmers. These salt farmers will be provided with
Working Capital
Quality Control and Technical inputs
Market linkages
Transport Services
Storage Facilities


  Transport of salt from the salt pans in the desert to the storage site, is a major constraint. This requires hiring of heavy vehicles such as trucks. The salt farmers have to remain dependent on the traders for hiring of trucks, who charge exhorbitant rates. This takes away 60% of the salt farmers earning.

SEWA has identified a special kind of tractor trolley, which we plan to use on a pilot basis for carting of salt. So far this has never been tried in the salt business.

This trolly has a special innovation, where it kits on its own, and thereby also reduced the labour of loading and unloading.
  Restoration and Repair of Water Harvesting Structures
  SEWA conducted a detailed survey both geohydrological and engineering, to assess major damages. A copy of the same is attached herewith. Based on the outcome of this survey, SEWA will undertake restoration and repair of major water resources.
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