The ultimate goal of JEEVIKA’s livelihood model is to build both the conditions for village livelihood and the capacity of village women, so that they may engage fully in socio-economic life. In this way, women become empowered to sustain income-generation activities, work in Self-Help Groups, gain self-esteem and the respect of their menfolk, engage in village decision-making, provide role-models for their children, and become fully in charge of their own well-being and enabled to contribute to the quality of family and community life. These outcomes cannot be always guaranteed, and there are other necessary ingredients for well-being such as energy, transport, social services, etc., but they do offer clear personal and family goals for half the population of rural India which Jeevika is dedicated to support.
*anganwadi centres – these centres provide basic health care, esp. for babies & children
**appropriate technologies – socially acceptable, locally resourced & environmentally sustainable