Project room: Madurai

Help Needed on a Project to run a Community Radio Station

Status: Just started

Hello All.

Greetings from Nabuur Madurai village online project manager(facilitator) Wen Jin Yuan.

Now we are starting a new project for the Madurai village.

As a registered development organization, People's Association for Rural Development(PARD) is involved with various programmes to help people living in slums in Madurai, India. PARD initiated its efforts in the year 1992. It turned out that a lot of people in Madurai are living in extremely poor conditions, and it is difficult for them to connect with the outside world.

As a matter of fact, PARD is making its efforts on running a Community Radio Station in the rural area.

More details will follow up.

Establish a Microfinance Program for people living in slums in Madurai, India

Status: Stalled

As a registered development organization, People’s Association for Rural Development (PARD) is involved with various programmes to help people living in slums in Madurai. PARD initiated its efforts in the year 1992. It turned out that a lot of people in Madurai are living in extremely poor conditions and children have to drop out of school and start working early. Therefore, PARD decided to start its microfinance program.

When PARD met with people living in slums in Madurai, during the discussions, people brought the sufferings that they faced with the private money lenders. With no hope to get small business loans from financial institutions, people living in slums that would like to start up small businesses had to turn to illegal lenders charging a hefty high monthly interest. Moreover, they are totally shut out from professional help on starting and running a small business. In order to let the lives of people living in slums to be self-sustainable,as well as to help parents in Madurai to earn enough income to send their children back to school, PARD decided to start its micro credit programme in Madurai in the year 2001.

Up till now, the rate of repayment of the loans is 99%. There is very low default rate, lower than 1%. Micro-credit was provided to the community for carrying out the following activities:

1. Flower Vending
2. Tea Stall
3. Cloth Vending
4. Sugar Cane Juice
5. Grocery shop
6. Milk Vending
7. Trycycle
8. Vegetable Vending
9. Sewing Machine
10. Idly Shop
11. Bakery
12. Fancy Store
13. Bottle cap
14. Dry Fish
15. Petty Shop
16. Basket Making
17. Rice Grinding
18. Ironing
19. Goat rearing
20. Selling toys

Now we are seeking potential loan resources as well as seeking professional help on running small businesses in Madurai area.

Tasks

Step 2

StatusTaskRepliesLast replyTime needed
In progressSeeking potential Microfinance loan resources for people living in slums in Madurai, India82008-05-06 15:04

General tasks

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Meet the neighbours432009-03-03 12:20
Project room72008-11-10 16:01
Shared Document: Collaboration with Wharton International Volunteer Project02007-06-12 09:45

Previous discussions

Status: Finished

Tasks

General tasks

StatusTaskRepliesLast replyTime needed
In progressSeeking professional help on starting and running small businesses in Madurai52009-08-11 19:53