Capacity building of community-managed resource centres (CMRCs) for small and micro enterprise development

To promote and strengthen women’s micro-enterprises by training a cadre of micro enterprise trainers.

Project background

Mahila Arthik Vikas Mahamandal (MAVIM) is the State Women’s Development Corporation of Government of Maharashtra. MAVIM was established in 1975 and since then has been implementing various women empowerment programmes through self-help groups (SHGs). The mission of the corporation is “to bring about gender justice and equality for women, investing in human capital and the capacity building of women, thus making them economically and socially empowered and enabling them to access sustainable livelihoods.”
MAVIM is also engaged in small and micro enterprise development among rural women. MAVIM now recognizes the need to also provide technical support to women entrepreneurs in rural areas so as to help them create more sustainable small and micro enterprises.

Project objective

The project will strengthen the capacity of community-managed resource centres (CMRCs) - supported by the Maharashtra Arthik Vikas Mahamandal (MAVIM), Government of Maharashtra - to promote and strengthen women’s micro-enterprises by creating a cadre of micro enterprise trainers.

SIYB training session in progress
The expected outcome is the significantly enhanced capacity of CMRCs to provide need based training locally and technical knowledge to promote and strengthen individual and group enterprises in the selected districts of Amravati and Yavatmal in a sustainable manner.
The specific outputs planned under this project are:
  • At least 80 women community resource people will receive the trainer’s certificate from the ILO on ‘Start and Improve Your Business’ (SIYB) methodology in the districts of Amravati and Yavatmal.
  • 2,400 women micro-entrepreneurs or group enterprises in self-help groups are strengthened by these 80-women community resource persons who are trained on the SIYB methodology Baseline information on the status of the at least 3,600 individual or group-based microenterprises is collected
  • Assessment of economic opportunities and the training needs of the potential trainers and microenterprises is successfully done.
  • Local adaptation and translation in Marathi of the various SIYB manuals. These are - ‘Generate Your Business (GYB), Start your Business (SYB), Improve Your Business (IYB) and Trainer’s Manual.


United Nations Development Programme, New Delhi Office; and Mahila Arthik Vikas Mahamandal, Government of Maharashtra.

Target beneficiaries

The project will impart training to an estimated 120 rural women to become trainers in small and micro enterprise development. These trainers will then help promote entrepreneurship in their districts reaching out to an estimate of 2,400 potential women entrepreneurs during the project period.

For further information please contact

Mr. Anandan P. Menon
ILO DWT for South Asia and Country Office for India
India Habitat Centre, Core 4B, 3rd Floor
New Delhi 110003
Phone: 91- 11-47509200