Vaan Muhil organizes livelihood support programs for the survivors of loabour exploitations and their family members through skill development trainings and micro enterprises with possible financial support. The organization also makes linkages with government departments so that the needy families get benefits through government schemes and services.
2.1. Linkages to Government Schemes and services
Vaan Muhil organizes livelihood support programs for the survivors of loabour exploitations and their family members through skill development trainings and micro enterprises with possible financial support. The organization also makes linkages with government departments so that the needy families get benefits through government schemes and services such as OAP pensions for the elderly, Ration Card, Aadhar Card and applying for free gas cylinder, loans for animal husbandary, Poultry, goats and individual toilets for the homes. The facilitators also link the unorganized workers in the villages to the welfare boards so that financial assistance and other statutory benefits will reach them. The details of the various social protection schemes are being explained to the community members and the poor people benefit out of these social protection schemes.
2.2. Vocational and skill development trainings for the survivors
With the view of rehabilitating the adolescent girl workers in spinning mills and survivors of labour exploitation, Vaan Muhil supports deserving young women for vocational and skill development courses. Besides, interested boys and girls take certificate courses supported by Panchayat Union Office, exploring employment opportunities for these trained adolescent girls, after the training period.
With the support of HRDS India (Deen Dayal Upadhya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana) as part of Skill up Rural India, as initiative by Rural Development Ministry, Government of India, ten adolescents from Sundankulam and Kothankulam joined the three month training course (ITES – IT enabled service) in Coimbatore. Vaan Muhil specially organized half day programs to adolescent boys in eight villages on Skill up Rural India, Deen Dayal Upadhya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana Project and motivated the boys to join the program.
2.3. Strengthening Self Help Groups in Working villages
Efforts are on to strengthen the Self Help Groups that have been formed in the working villages. Totally 55 women SHGs are functioning in the villages and many groups have received bank loans. These group members including survivors of mill work or female family members, are supported with training inputs on group formation, book keeping and linkages with financial institutions.
2.4. Micro Enterprises for young women
With the support of Vaan Muhil, the needy young women from vulnerable families in the working village are able to start micro enterprises to ear and additional income to run their families. Vaan Muhil assists them in linking with financial institutions wherever possible. After they start micro enterprises, the young women become self reliant, trying the stand on their own feet, with the income they earn.