Sustainable Livelihood Program

“A livelihood is sustainable when it can not only weather challenges but also enhance its capabilities and assets for the future, all while respecting our natural resources.”

Sustainable Livelihood Program

“A livelihood is sustainable when it can not only weather challenges but also enhance its capabilities and assets for the future, all while respecting our natural resources.”

Sustainable Livelihood

A livelihood is sustainable when it can not only weather challenges but also enhance its capabilities and assets for the future, all while respecting our natural resources.”

In the tapestry of India’s development journey, tribal communities have been at the heart of careful attention and planning, aiming to elevate their socio-economic status and living standards. Despite numerous state interventions, historical oppressions, land alienation, and social discrimination have marginalized these communities. Kerala’s development model, while achieving significant strides, has illuminated the persistent socio-economic challenges faced by the Scheduled Tribes in the state (KSTDD 2013).

Structural and institutional lapses, coupled with the aftermath of the 2018 floods, have intensified the struggles of tribal households in Pathanamthitta. Over 54.4% of Scheduled Tribe families in the district find themselves below the poverty line (KSTDD 2013), emphasizing the urgent need for targeted interventions to address livelihood disruptions.

In response to these critical needs, the Sustainable Livelihood Development Programme is now underway. Our Sustainable Livelihood Programs at Thanal are dedicated to uplifting marginalized communities in Pathanamthitta and beyond. By offering economically viable and ecologically sustainable opportunities, we empower communities to not only cope with challenges but also thrive in the long term.

Our Objectives Speak Volumes

Smart Livelihood Practices

Embrace sustainable practices, from livestock rearing to skill development, unlocking regional opportunities

Community Unity

We’re fostering unity through organized communities and strategic interventions

Economic Empowerment

Elevate socio-economic conditions and overall well-being through targeted initiatives.

Women and Youth Empowerment

Empower women and youth through skill development, transforming them into catalysts for change

Migration Mitigation

Keep communities strong by creating local, sustainable livelihood options.

Latest News and Updates

Empowering Tribal Youth:Para-Vetenary Training Program

In a breakthrough initiative, the collaborative efforts of NABARD, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, and Thanal have culminated in a highly successful Para-veterinary training program at KVK Thadiyoor. Guided by Dr. Sency Mathew, thirteen individuals from five hamlets have emerged as a proficient Para-vet group after ten days of transformative training. Armed with enhanced skills in animal husbandry, this group is now not only capable of providing emergency medical aid in tribal settlements but also symbolizes a significant stride towards self-sufficiency in the community. The practical exposure gained, including a visit to a hi-tech dairy farm in Kuriyottumala, Kollam, reinforces advanced farming techniques, fostering a sense of independence and resilience among tribal youth. This remarkable outcome marks a decisive step in empowering the tribal community towards sustainable and self-sufficient livelihoods.

Sustainable Livelihood Program Sparks Community Upliftment in Kurumbanmoozhi

In the quaint tribal hamlet of Kurumbanmoozhi, the Pulari Self-Help Group, born out of the TDF program, is creating waves of positive change. Originally selling dried fish, their vision expanded after a training session on fodder cultivation, leading them to embrace tapioca and plantain cultivation for additional income.

Witnessing success, the Pulari group decided to pay it forward. They raised funds to provide medical grants and distributed essential food items to the less fortunate in a nearby orphanage. The 15-member group actively participates in posthumous ceremonies, offering consolation and financial aid to grieving families.

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Sindhu, the group’s Secretary, expresses gratitude to NABARD and Thanal for empowering them to contribute to community development. She emphasizes that supporting families in need is a privilege.

The Pulari Self-Help Group is a testament to how a sustainable livelihood program not only secures individual livelihoods but also fosters community bonds, offering a helping hand to those in need and instilling hope in their community.

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