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Creating sustainable ecosystems to improve people’s lives

Letz Dream Foundation partners with organisations, central and state governments to create the maximum social impact on those who need the most

Published on June 12, 2021 at 4:28 am

Agricultural intervention by Letz Dream Foundation in Rajasthan. It has closely collaborated with SPECTRA (Society for Public Education Cultural Training and Rural Action) since June 2013. This partnership initially focused on improving governance at gram panchayat level and introducing sustainable livelihood opportunities in Ratakhurd, a socio-economically disadvantaged village in Kishangarh Bas block in Alwar district, Rajasthan.

To curate innovative solutions to problems faced by the underprivileged in the country, Letz Dream Foundation partners with organisations, central and state governments to create the maximum social impact on those who need the most. Following a public-private partnership model with all its grantee partners, it works in close conjunction with the government towards advocacy and addressing policy gaps. Having supported over 100 NGOs, it co-creates strategies with a focus on improved governance. Good governance cannot be devoid of government, and that is why through meaningful partnerships it generates evidence of systemic changes that result in bridging the gap between law and implementation.

“A multitude of meanings is attached to the idea of development – the term is multifaceted as it has different definitions. However, in the simplest terms, development can be defined as bringing about social change that allows people to achieve their human potential. The approach at Letz Dream Foundation is aimed at solving socio-economic challenges, working along with the government to enhance governance and unlocking public funds for those who need it the most. Development also has to be sustainable. We believe in bringing about change that is irreversible – where we create sustainable ecosystems for improving people’s lives that are long term,” says Vaishali Samanta, Chief Operating Officer, Letz Dream Foundation.

Goat farming: While working in Nuh, Haryana on effectivising public service delivery and improving governance, Letz Dream Foundation realised the potential impact goat farming can have on people’s livelihood. Through constant awareness building, it encouraged and involved nearly 500 women to take up goat farming as their livelihood diversification activity. Livestock rearing is an enterprise and farmers do it for additional economic benefit. Within a year an incremental Rs. 8000 was generated per household. However, these additional benefits can be reaped only when these goats are healthy. With Animal Husbandry Department, Letz Dream Foundation in partnership with Haryana State Rural Livelihood Mission, organised goat health camps for immunisation and vaccination for diseases like foot and mouth disease, goat pox etc. Organising these awareness drives have led to 40% increase in average herd size with only a meagre 0.2% mortality rate. Investment in high breed goats guaranteed breed improvement and more income for these farmers.

Kitchen Gardening: Nutrition among women in Haryana is dismal. Nearly 58% of women aged between 15 to 49 years, and 37% adolescent girls, are anaemic, a crucial measure of poor nutrition. In partnership with Haryana State Rural Livelihood Mission, kitchen gardens are being initiated in 3,000 households. Kitchen Gardening, mostly pitted as a ‘hobby’ in fact, has far more health benefits and works towards food security by providing easy access to increased intake of vegetables leading to more balanced nutrition. Easy to take care of, kitchen gardens can grow to their full potential with little irrigation and using waste water from kitchens. Through this, Letz Dream Foundation not only ensures increased access to nutrition in women but also pave the way for food security among these families.

Strengthening governance: Continuing its beliefs in public-private partnership model to create a better world for the marginalised, Letz Dream Foundation collaborated with Haryana State Rural Livelihood Mission to effectivise their public service delivery. Once Letz Dream Foundation identified gaps at the institutional level, it focussed on creating and strengthening Cluster Level Federations (CLFs) in order to create an ecosystem for long-term sustainability of these institutions. Impacting nearly 90,000 households, the CLFs recorded a 207% growth in their corpus, with self-help groups’ access to government funds increasing from 31% to over 80%. Through the Cluster Level Federations, Letz Dream Foundation built a strong movement of civic participation of local community at resulting in better governance.

Agriculture in Rajasthan: Letz Dream Foundation has closely collaborated with SPECTRA (Society for Public Education Cultural Training and Rural Action) since June 2013. This partnership initially focused on improving governance at gram panchayat level and introducing sustainable livelihood opportunities in Ratakhurd, a socio-economically disadvantaged village in Kishangarh Bas block in Alwar district, Rajasthan. This intervention has now been scaled to 8,500 households across 6 Gram Panchayats, by deploying the ‘Graduation Approach’ for poverty alleviation, targeting the most vulnerable households within the community. Letz Dream Foundation mobilised ultra-poor families into self-help groups and worked towards financial linkages while diversifying livelihood to enhance their annual income. From an average annual income of Rs 37, 200 in 2013 to Rs 1,73,000 in 2019, Letz Dream Foundation have witnessed a 365% increase in average annual income levels of Ratakhurd (Rajasthan). Through supporting farmers by introducing improved agriculture, Letz Dream Foundation witnessed a rise of 74.5% in the number of people adopting these practices with the rigour to increase their income. Over Rs 3,000 was earned as extra profit per acre of land using advanced agricultural practices. With increasing income, 15% families moved in pucca houses while families sending their children to school increased from 44.8% to 84.4%. This collaboration resulted in increasing milk production of livestock by 61.5%. Once Letz Dream Foundation realised that high fat content in milk has more demand, it strived towards increasing the fat content. By achieving that, the milk prices shot up by 83%. About 2,500 goat farmers saw a rise in their annual income – with some families earning up to Rs. 78,000 from selling of goats. In order to instil strong governance systems, Letz Dream Foundation channelled its efforts into mobilising women into self-help groups that resulted in leveraging of Rs. 15.8 crores through financial linkages. And 95% SHGs saw 100% repayment!

Agriculture in Haryana in partnership with HSRLM: As a part of the programme with Haryana State Rural Livelihood Mission, Letz Dream Foundation worked with more than 6,300 households towards establishing financial stability and improving income generation capacities of women farmers in Haryana. Through the introduction of innovative and advanced agricultural practices, the cost of cultivation decreased by an average of 22% during Rabi season and 17% during Kharif season. Annual agricultural income showed a tremendous increase. In Rabi season, annual income increased by 17% from Rs 29,000 to Rs 51,000 while Kharif season showed an increase of 57% – from Rs. 38,000 to Rs. 60,000.

Livestock intervention in Haryana: Livestock milk production almost reached the state average of 8.3 litres. Letz Dream Foundation’s interventions in collaboration with Haryana State Rural Livelihood Mission resulted in increased milk production from 6 litres 8 litres in Fatehabad and from 1.7 to 7 litres in Nuh district in Haryana.

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