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Livelihood intervention in Delhi

Background of the Project:

While the pandemic has stabilized for the moment, the need for recovery, rebuilding and resilience remains urgent in India. The economic impacts of COVID-19 are particularly acute in India, in part due to the vulnerability and scale of the informal sector. The COVID-19 pandemic in India has also had an unequal impact on women.  To address these challenges, Nidan initiated a new livelihood intervention in Delhi. The target of our interventions are the women who have lost the means of income in their households in Covid-19 pandemic, whether that be their own ability to earn income or that of a family member.



Nidan organised these Women having new skills and resources that enhance their capacity to initiate market-based income generation activities. Through our proposed interventions, women will: gain confidence and increased mobility to enter the economic domain; have greater access to information, skills, resources, and income gains; overcome gender stereotypes at the household level; and undertake collective action to advance gender-inclusive financial institutions, policies and laws.


Also targeted short and medium-term impacts include:

Activate Existing SHGs from the urban informal settlements benefitting directly through livelihood interventions, with incomes increased by at least 10 percent and Enhanced access to improved livelihoods practices leveraging various government projects. Also targeting 10,000 people to aware and knowledge building on social protection schemes through community meetings and other communication channels.



Nidan has presence in whole of Delhi but keeping the parameters of project in mind we chose East Delhi and South Delhi areas for intensive interventions


Through Nidan Shramik sathi app, Nidan started a survey of SHGs members and also Developed a Questionnaire on google form to conduct an emergency market mapping and assessment study to identify viable livelihoods.

Identification of area and SHGs
Areas in East -Delhi:                              No of SHGs identified
Ravi Dass Camp                                                    2
JJ Camp                                                                   1
West Vinod Nagar                                                 4
Sonia Vihar Sabzi Mandi                                      2
Shanti Marg                                                            2
Areas in South-East Delhi
D- Madanpur Khadar                                              9
A- Madanpur Khadar                                              4
C block Madanpur Khadar                                    2
B block Kacchi Colony                                            3
Priyanka Camp                                                         1
B1 Madanpur Khadar (phase -3)                           3
Total                                                                            33

Area Identification for Skilling:
The following skills have been identified through need Assessment form as Embroidery, Bakery, Butacaine, Vegetable Selling, Spice packing, Grocery. This has been done through One-to-one Meeting, and SHGs meeting. Coordination established with the National Urban Livelihood Mission, Skill India Mission and Small and Medium Scale Industries for sustainability around certification, recognition, further training and financial inputs from the government for the training and smooth Linkage.
SHGs Meeting:

Nidan started holding regular meetings with the selected self-help groups and also told them the benefits of the group.

  •  Regular Monthly Meeting
  •  Regular Saving Practice of internal lending
  •  Formation of SHG bylaws.
  •  Maintain Books of Accounts
  •  Awareness on govt. schemes

Linkage of SHGs members and individuals

Based on the details received through Google Form, Nidan started profiling each member and identified the gap in their eligibility for entitlements. We organized camps with coordination of Government Department and linked members with:


  • Aadhar Card
  •  Labour Card
  •  E-Shram Card
  •  PAN Card
  •  Ration Card
  •  Delhi Vidhwa Pension
  •  Delhi Vridha Pension
  •  Artisan Card


The prime emphasis is to do survey on government entitlements of Informal workers and SHG women who are associated with us. Then our first step is to do analysis of the same survey and linking them to those entitlements which they are not linked to.

We firstly focus upon linking the workers and women to Banks by organizing Bank camps and opening 0 account balance which makes it easy for them to get connected to various schemes/entitlements. The bank camps are organized by talking to Bank Managers and staff and according to the convenience of the SHG Women and Informal workers we organize the camps at their nearest location. In South West Delhi and East Delhi we have organized 04 Bank camps in total.

We also have organized a mega camp for the Informal workers in North-East Delhi by the help of DM Mr. Geetika Sharma and SDM Vikram Bisht. The mega camp covered Aadhar Card, updating Aadhar Card, Voter ID card, and COVID Vaccination i.e., Booster doses. Approximately 737 Informal workers got benefitted. Awareness sessions are done in everyday basis by going door to door to SHG Women and Informal workers along with survey which gives us a better picture of their status and accordingly we link them to various entitlements. We also take the same populace to CSC center for social security schemes like Maan dhan yojana.


Training to SHGs Leaders and members: SHG members were Trained on the following topics

  • Member education to SHG members.
  • Panchsutra, agenda, norms, and services to SHG Members.
  • Book keeping to SHG Books.
  • SHG Monthly Report.
  • SHG Profiling.
  • SHG Micro credit Plan.

Developed IEC

To reach out more and more members nidan developed a pamphlet highlighting the schemes. The objective is to Link urban women with various social protection schemes through information sharing,

Microplanning of SHGs Members

The objective of the microplanning of SHGs member is to understand the current economic status and livelihoods. Also understand the source of family income and liability. We also asses the current needs and matching the desire with skills.  Also developed many formats to collect the data as mentioned below: –

  • SHGs Profiling format
  • SHGs Monthly reporting Format
  • Micro credit Plan format
  • Group declaration format
  • SHGs Verification Format
  • Hand Over Sheet to SHGs

Livelihoods Initiative after Profiling

Based on the profiling, Kalyan SHGs has been started the Grocery and Nari shakti Group initiated the vegetable selling.  They participated in National Street food festival at New Delhi from 13-15 January 2023.    

Future Action Plan 

  1. Focus on creating livelihood options and strengthening existing livelihoods of the women involved in SHGs 
  2. Skilling training 
  3. Linkages with Govts program livelihood program 
  4. Promoting linkages with Social Security and entitlements programs of Govt – awareness generation, individual linkages and organizing camps 
  5. Strengthening the SHGs through regular meetings, savings and training