IDBI Ladakh Project
‘Adoption of Taru village in Ladakh’ is a recently completed project (April 2011 – March 2016) that involved collaborative intervention by IDBI Bank with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), to rebuild the lives and livelihood of a tiny hamlet named Taru in Leh, Ladakh, which was ravaged by a flash-flood in 2010, and its transformation into a “Model Village”, based on a unique community participation and ownership model, through a set of pre-determined program activities, involving strengthening of community mechanisms and capacity building, among other initiatives. Recognizing the need of sustainable livelihood options against a backdrop of poverty, the project includes strengthening of income sources through value addition, marketing support, insurance, etc., counseling to farmers on cash crops and capacity building of local populace and panchayat leaders. The project as envisaged encouraged direct participation from the affected community and instills in them a sense of responsibility and ownership of the assets (soft/ hard) created during the entire tenure of the project such as footbridges, water reservoirs, irrigation canals, etc. The village is expected to serve as a model for emulation in similar geographical terrains.
The project has been a game changer CSR initiative not just for IDBI Bank but also for Taru village. The journey of Taru village from a disaster-hit area to a model village has been captured into a documentary titled ‘Taru Zameen Par’ (Click here to view video. ). A second documentary film is in the offing that will capture the status of Taru village post project completion. The project has also won several prestigious awards.
North Eastern Development Finance Corporation (NEDFi) was promoted by erstwhile IDBI and has been engaged in various developmental and promotional activities in the north east region since its inception. IDBI collaborated with NEDFi to build a Common Facility Centre for Bagurumba Weaving Development Trust (a socially backward tribal group of women) to facilitate production of handloom products and a few other activities in Chatra Village, Nalbari district, Assam.
The project has empowered the women by providing them a sustainable livelihood and rural entrepreneurship skills. In addition, the project has helped in social integration of the women and their families.
The journey of these women has been captured in a short documentary film.
(Click here to view video. )