The majority of ASSIST’s target groups consist of daily wage labourers, marginal farmers and artisans. Many labourers depend on agricultural seasonal work in an area where rainfall is decreasing year by year. To break the cycle of dependence on agriculture and menial jobs, ASSIST aims to improve the economic status of poor communities by identifying sustainable income sources and providing corresponding skill training.
Adolescents receive vocational training in gainful professions like tailoring and fashion design, computer applications, masonry, motor mechanics and leather working. Loans from Mutually Aided Cooperative Thrift and Credit Societies (MACTS), managed by People’s Organisations, enable them to set up micro-enterprises like work units and petty shops. With this comprehensive approach, ASSIST has been helping thousands of families to escape poverty and to build a sustainable future.