MAITHIL SEVA SANSTHAN is a ‘Multi-sector’ approach that focuses on the early years in a child's life and lays the foundation for learning and achieving in school. The goal of MAITHIL SEVA SANSTHAN is to ensure that children reach school age healthy and well nourished, intellectually curious, socially confident and equipped with a solid foundation for lifelong learning.
Since the financial services of the formal banking system have traditionally remained inaccessible to a majority of the poorer sections of the rural population, especially women, an initiative will be taken MAITHIL SEVA SANSTHAN to initiate a women's cooperative on the principle of mutual help.
However, its success was limited as the operational area was in selected pockets only due to limited resources. Against this background, to meet the credit needs of rural women from the operational areas, MAITHIL SEVA SANSTHAN initiated the creation of Self-Help Groups.
The following are the core principles that apply to all MAITHIL SEVA SANSTHAN micro-finance programs
· Serve the poorest clients, with a focus on women
· Promote solidarity and group guarantees
· Savings Mobilization
· Support capacity building/training
· Increase productive assets
· Ensure a child-focused perspective
· Promote culturally appropriate program approaches
· Plan for sustainability
The programmes and activities being run in the intervention villages include:
1. Health Education and promotion of primary health care with an emphasis on reproductive and child health, Water, Sanitation and hygiene.
2. Non Formal Education and Adult Education with a focus on socially relevant education and an equal opportunity of participation for the girl child.
3. Income Generation with emphasis on facilitating control over and access to land and water based productive resources, ensuring just wages, enabling access to the governmental employment generation programmes. Additionally promote complementary income generating initiatives through thrift and credit initiatives.
4. Legal Assistance and Education.
5. Environmental Awareness and mobilization on the ecologically sensitive issues of the project area.
6. Capacity Building of Organizational Staff.
7. Training of social animators and community level leaders.
8. Rehabilitation of child labor.
9. Consciousness raising on relief and rehabilitation related issues coupled with carrying out relief and rehabilitative interventions and running pilots on disaster preparedness.
10. Publication of newsletter and information dissemination through thematic publications on issues of relevance to the development of the marginalized