Millions of youth in rural and tribal areas have neither access nor opportunities to break free from the shackles of poverty. ICECD offers them such an opportunity by sensitizing, motivating and developing them to become economically independent through capacity building for employment and self employment. This has broken the myth that poor and illiterate cannot become successful entrepreneurs.

The population of tribal & rural areas and urban slums of India is a symbol of energy, vigor, enthusiasm, hope – and an invaluable human resource on whom depends the future and stability of the country. It is a sad situation indeed that the employment opportunities have not been able to keep up with the growth in population leading to rising unemployment figures on one hand and demotivated individuals engaged in unproductive activities on the other.

This target group, especially of 18-40 years age group, whether male or female, would be invariably married and also into parenthood. Lack of education/ skills makes them unfit for most of the employment (except for those which require unskilled physical labor) whereas the lack of capital, guidance and knowledge causes hindrance in the way of any meaningful enterprise.

Challenges that these youth face in rural/tribal/slum areas:

  • Unemployment
  • Burden of responsibilities
  • Physical labor and lack of nutrition
  • Men’s addiction to liquor
  • Lack of direction
  • No Electricity / Roads / infrastructure

Economic opportunities are minimal in rural/tribal areas and the youth are forced to migrate to urban towns accepting lower wage and lower labor work. ICECD provides a strong support to this segment of the population who are in a very vulnerable and underprivileged situation.

  • Income generation programs
  • Job creation through need based technical training
  • Viable technology identification and linkages through self employment
  • Increased access to micro – credit
  • Facilitating savings and credit groups management

This has brought about a noticeable and sustainable betterment in their social as well as economical conditions.


  • Reuction of migration to urban areas
  • Increased incomes
  • Improved standard of living
  • Employment opportunities

ICECD trains and develops more than 5000 youth in a year in the area of self employment and entrepreneurship. These youth, after training, earn upto Rs.15000 or even more every month by starting their own businesses like:
Type of Trading

  • Stationary Shop
  • Provision Store
  • Restaurant/Fast Food Outlet
  • Sale of Electrical Goods
  • Sale of Beauty Cosmetic
  • Sale of Pesticide/Fertilizer
  • Paints
  • Milk Products
  • Books Store etc

Type of Services

  • Mobile Repairing
  • Catering Contract
  • Auto Garage
  • Tiffin Box/ Lodge
  • Health Care Centre/ Beauty Parlor
  • CD/Video Library
  • Laundry and other

Paper Printing/Stationary Business

  • Book Binding
  • Rubber Stamp
  • Files
  • Paper Lamination
  • Photo Lamination
  • Notebooks/Cover 

Food Business

  • Flour Mill/ Mini Oil Mills
  • Salt grinding/ packing
  • Maida Sev – Sweet Supari (Mukhvas)
  • Sakar – Patasa – Pohu – Mamra
  • Bakery – Readymade food

Waste Based Business

  • Handles/toys from wooden waste
  • Sheets from agro waste
  • Pulp/hand-made paper from paper waste
  • Plastic reprocessing 

Electrical Business

  • Motor rewinding – tubelight chok
  • Printed circuit board 

Plastic Business

  • Pen/Ballpen/Refil/Nylon thread
  • Fibre glass product – plastic pearl
  • Rubber or plastic toys
  • Bangles/hand pieces – PVC pipe work
  • Lunchbox/ passport cover 

Chemical/ Beauty Cosmetic Business

  • Lakh work – candle decoration
  • Vanishing cream – golden paste
  • Face powder
  • Mehndi sticker
  • Phenyl
  • Bindi/ kumkum shampoo
  • Ayurvedic products 

Handicrafts Business

  • Soft toys
  • Screen print
  • Hand print
  • Zari lace border
  • Paper masi
  • Pearl work
  • Embroidery work
  • Paper toys
  • Zari work 

Skill Based Business

  • Ornaments – jewellery
  • Ceramic design
  • Fashion design
  • Consultancy service 

Leather – Rexine

  • School Bag
  • Leather product
  • Cycle seat cover
  • Purse/ portfolio 

Agriculture Based

  • Mushroom
  • Flower farming
  • Dal mill
  • Pohu – mamra
  • Rice mill 

Other Businesses

  • Packing – Photo framing
  • Undergarments
  • Readymade garments


GUPTANAGAR – AN URBAN SLUM…Its people and their needs:
The colony, spread over 25 square kilometers mostly inhabited by Rajasthan, North Gujarat migrants with a total population of about 40,000 comprises of 6900 households. They live under tin/thatched roofs – with low skills and low wage activities, working as unskilled labor. The children get no formal education, and are pushed into helping their parents giving rise to child labor. Poverty is the main characteristic of this slum.

Gender A Basic issue:
Womenfolk are intelligent and active but cannot earn due to lack of information, education and skills. Social traditions stop them to venture out on one hand, while economic needs force them to go out and work on the other. But “WHERE” and “HOW” are the big issues that need to be answered.

Capacity Building Program:
A training and development initiative “Empowering the Urban Poor through Market Oriented skill up gradation” was chalked out. Applications were invited and they were taught cleaning services, incense stick making, carpentry and electrical services through training offered for 4 weeks. Today all and all of them have got job/ job work and are earning Rs.2000 and more per month.