Revolving Fund Support to Poorest of the Poor Households of Tinjure
2006, New ERA has provided a gift of Rs. 40,000 to Tinjure Hattisar
NTFP network of Sankhuwasabha district for a revolving fund to be
invested in running IGAs for the poorest of the poor users. A total
of 50 poorest of the poor households of Tinjure Hattisar NTFP
network, a federation of 10 CFUGs, have been involved in NTFP
enterprise development activities.
Reflecting the influence of this initiative on poor people's control
over and benefits from a community-based NTFP network enterprise, a
paper published by the Regional Community Forestry Training Center (RECOFTC)
in January 2008 (page 14-24) states:
approach involved shifts in governance and management, especially
regarding inclusion of marginalized people and the development of
risk and uncertainty analysis. The major outcome of the network’s
adoption of this approach is a redistribution of control over
livelihood benefits from NTFP resources towards the 'poorest of the
poor' families in the enterprise area.
Another notable change
is that network members shifted from working in relative isolation
to building alliances and greater interdependence, a change that
helped mitigate conflicts between them regarding benefit sharing.
Significant enterprise ownership and decision-making opportunities
have been created for these poorer households by providing them
access to revolving funds that enable them to become shareholders in
the network enterprise. Furthermore, because of the learning-based
collective action, this network has been able to increase its profit
margin from the sale of processed NTFPs …"