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1. The PUSHPA Process

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How PUSHPA Works

PUSHPA initiatives include community development projects in six locations northwest of the city of Guntur, India. PUSHPA staff works with PADA, another area development organization, and the offices of CRD(Centre for Rural Development, Guntur) to promote healthy communities among rural Guntur tribal groups. In the PUSHPA model, community members participate in determining their own goals and how they might partner with PUSHPA to achieve these goals.

PUSHPA and PADA community developers identify Yanadulu and Chenchu tribal groups with community development potential. Typical indicators of need include temporary housing, seasonal employment, poor school attendance due to child labor or lack of supervision, lack of common meeting place, and insufficient knowledge of common health practices and resources. They meet and motivate villagers to organize and work together, initiate self-help projects, send their children to school, and take advantage of available educational and public health resources.

At first, PUSHPA leaders meet with the elders of potential PUSHPA partner groups to explain PUSHPA, and offer to work together Then they determine whether the group is open to partnering with PUSHPA. Once a partnership is confirmed, a seven-member committee, including both men and women, is selected by the community. This committee receives ongoing coaching and leadership training. Once a community group is organized and established, PUSHPA gives a grant which is to circulate within the community.

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The local committee has the authority to administer the PUSHPA grant in the form of micro loans for projects of their community and its individual members. The micro loans enable villagers to plan and carry out their own sustainable income-generating activities, which in turn enables the villagers to repay the loans, thus making new loans available to other community members. Micro loans are repaid with interest, which is reinvested in community education and development activities.

As the villagers meet, discuss, and decide next steps, growing self-confidence and awareness are evident. They model and coach others in the micro loan process. More children are found to be attending school and college. Leadership and entrepreneurial skills are being developed.