Overview: Empowerment & Livelihoods
Objective: To empower unemployed youth through skill training and entrepreneurship development programmes.

Livelihood Training Institutes  
e1.jpg The Foundation has set up and is running several institutes of Entrepreneurship Development. Three of these are in partnership with Andhra Bank, and two are being run independently.

These Institutes train unemployed youth in a variety of skills like plumbing, tailoring, two-wheeler repairs, photography and videography. Great emphasis is also laid on developing their entrepreneurial spirit by strengthening confidence and motivation levels, improving communication skills etc. The Foundation goes beyond training by facilitating bank loans for those who want to set up micro-enterprises, and engaging with potential employers for placements. About 2000 young people are trained every year, and the settlement rate is upwards of 75 percent. The Foundation extends handholding support to trainees for two years after the training, to ensure that they are able to build on their training. These institutes are:

  • NIRED: Nagavalli Institute of Rural Entrepreneurship Development was established in the year 2003 at Rajam (Andhra Pradesh) in collaboration with Andhra Bank Rural Development Trust. Over 2000 students have been trained through 81 skill development programmes. The programmes range from Computer, DTP and Tailoring to Fashion Designing, Photography and Videography. Loans for micro-enterprise are facilitated and the Foundation also handholds the trainees for two years. The institute has a settlement rate of over 80 per cent. more...

  • BIRED: Based in Kasargod (Kerala) Bellikoth Institute of Rural Entrepreneurship Development is also a collaboration between GMRVF and Andhra Bank Rural Development Trust. 59 skill development programmes have been conducted in the institute and around 845 candidates have been trained in a variety of courses from medicinal plant cultivation to catering services. more...

  • SIRED: Swarna Bharathi Institute of Rural Entrepreneurship Development was established in 2003 at Nellore (Andhra Pradesh) and functions in collaboration with Andhra Bank Rural Development Trust and the Swarna Bharati Trust. The institute has trained over 600 candidates in about 24 skill development programmes. more...

  • JIRED: Jarjangi Institute of Rural Entrepreneurship Development based in Jarjangi (Andhra Pradesh) was set up in 2006 by GMRVF. Around 91 candidates have been trained in varied courses, in the first six months. more...

  • Hyderabad – The Foundation has recently started an Entrepreneurship Development Programme in Hyderabad. The centre has already trained around 108 candidates through 5 skill training programmes. The venture will be further strengthened through creation of infrastructure for a full fledged institute in 2007-08. GMRVF is in the process of developing infrastructure spread over approximately 15,000 sq. ft for this facility in Hyderabad.
 Self Help Groups

The Foundation is currently facilitating 80 SHGs through motivation, training, workshops etc. These SHGs have managed to raise loan of upwards of Rs. 20 lakh and are engaged in a variety of income generation activities that has contributed to family income.