LIVELIHOODS

Transhumance - the seasonal rearing of sheep and goats is the major income generating activity in the Tons Valley. But the shepherds here lack technical know-how, direct market access, and quality management of their livestock. Kalap Trust acts as a facilitator to provide technical and non technical Inputs to the herders. Currently we are working through a 1-year Pilot Project Supported by the “TATA TRUSTS". The project has been initiated in 6 villages of the Upper Tons Valley. 

The Upper Tons Valley is divided into 2, i.e. Rupin Valley and Supin Valley. The villages that are part of the project are - Village Khanyasani, Satta, and Masri from Rupin Valley; and Village Kalap, Paon and Sidri from Supin Valley. In these village, our livelihood project team holds meetings and Focus Group Discussions with the community to understand the dynamics of the village and to discuss the possibilities of development work in the village. These meetings help the team to build rapport with the community and also provides a platform for a conversation between both, project team and project community.

Creating baseline mapping is also one of the main activities in which community itself draws the baseline map of their village with the support of the team. This activity provides data about the village, its residents and the basic resources available; it is also considered as an ice breaker between the two counterparts.

The team is presently involved in conducting baseline study of individual families. Its an in-depth study which will help the team to understand the overall dynamics of a family. This study format comprises of:

1. General information of the family (population, education, livelihood, contact information)
2. Livelihood details (farming practice, production, consumption, market access, other sources of Income)
3. Livestock details (quantity, produce, health information, market access)
4. Expenditure details (on health, agriculture, livestock, household and others)
5. Access to banks and financial institutions.
6. Saving and inter-lending/loan priorities.
7. Landholdings and other assets.
8. Availability of basic facilities (water, electricity, toilets, roads, etc.)
9. Government schemes and programs - availability and accessibility.
10. Suggestions for the project.

The idea behind initiating this pilot project is to observe the diverse livelihood opportunities in the area and also to understand the current livelihood practices. Through this project the trust will also organise women in a Common Interest Group and provide training on livestock management through various Capacity Building Programs.

Kalap Trust's vision is to build a social enterprise in next 5 years, where a community run producer company provides livelihood opportunities to the whole valley through diverse activities, which will decrease the rate of unemployment and migration in this area.

PROJECT FUNDED BY TATA TRUSTS, Rs 9.98 lakhs granted for FY 2017-18