About Access Livelihoods, a social enterprise in livelihoods
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Chief Executive Officer
Being a Rural Management graduate, working with the marginalized was always my passion. In ALC India, in a short span of 8 years, we have impacted more than 1 lakh households both directly as well as indirectly. Looking at the economy, 63% of the GDP is contributed by 92% of the workforce in India which works in the unorganized sector. It can easily be articulated that this sector can't be ignored and in order to sustain livelihoods, one has to work closely with the communities. We believe there is a great need for such services, especially in a liberalized and globalized economy, which provides unprecedented economic opportunities but also threatens the livelihoods of millions of marginalized households across the country. Though the work done by ALC India so far is a trivial amount, it will continue to work with all its passion and zeal to create a prosperous and equitable society.
A rural management professional from IRMA, he is passionate about working with the economically marginalized in their efforts to transform their lives and be self-reliant. His experience in the development sector extends to over 13 years. His areas of specialization include financial management, capacity building, business planning, fund raising, and enterprise promotion. He has the distinction of being involved in the creation of India’s first all-women cooperative dairy enterprise. He has been involved in evaluation and assessment, strategic and business planning, capacity building of different projects across India. He has provided consulting support to various organizations: a few of them are Ford Foundation, Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Japan Bank of International Cooperation and Oxfam-Australia. He has presented papers including: “Tribal Livelihoods – Emerging Initiatives” – in a National Seminar on Tribal Livelihoods and “Role of Cooperatives in Financial Inclusion” to College of Agricultural Banking, Reserve Bank of India. He has also prepared a case study for Indian School of Livelihoods Promotion, Basix on “Mulukanoor Women’s Mutually Aided Milk Producers Cooperative Union Limited – Analysis of Growth Path”.
Chief Program Officer
When I joined the core team at ALC India, I wanted to do something entrepreneurial and that which will significantly impact the lives of the poor. What more in the next 5 years we are likely to directly create wealth of more than 500 crores per annum for and influence more than 1 Lakh producers.
He has done his PG Diploma in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). He has over 10 years of experience in development sector; more than three and half years at the grassroots level. He has experience in community health, human resource management and livelihood promotion. His major areas of expertise are youth employment, artisan livelihoods, and business plan development. He has provided consulting services to various organizations like Indian Cooperative Union, Kotak Education Foundation, World Vision India, Odisha Watershed Development Mission and NABARD.
Head, Internal Operations
ALC India is a stead growing organization and provides good learning environment to the consultants at all levels. It provides opportunities to explore the skills of each and every consultant across various domains of work. It enables the growth of consultants up in the career by handling higher roles and responsibilities in the organization. There are various domains of works where any consultant can explore their interest areas and also gain knowledge regarding various other fields of work in the livelihood sector. The concept of voluntary work enables one to work with any small organization and makes them feel satisfied about the impact their work will create in that organization. Similarly the involvement in various implementation projects gives the satisfaction of working for the marginalized community and for the impact that is created in their lives. So it is the organization where the theoretical concepts learnt during management studies can be actually implemented in field and during this process the skills and knowledge of individuals will also be enhanced.
Association with ALC India - Since 1st April, 2009
Qualification - BV. Sc & AH
Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management
Past organization - Andhra Pradesh Animal Husbandry Department
Languages known - English, Hindi & Telugu
Area of expertise - Training module development, Project management, Market research, Business planning
Hobbies- Listening music
Head, Access Livelihoods Development Finance
Head, New Livelihoods Initiatives
Taru Golla currently heads internal operations at Access Livelihoods Consulting India and was also the first CEO of the company. Her areas of expertise are tribal livelihoods, financial management, human resource management, strategic planning and legal compliances.
As Project In-Charge in Gram Vikas, Taru worked in multiple projects towards improving tribal and fisherfolk livelihoods. She facilitated the construction of 300 houses and loan disbursement for disaster hit fisherfolk. In Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty, she also coordinated UNIEM supported livelihood project for Chenchu tribes, apart from working with Akshara Network and Comet technologies.
Taru holds a PGDRM from Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) and has received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology.
Head, Partner Program Services
S. Swaminathan heads Business Development and Partner Program Services at Access Livelihoods Consulting India. Swaminathan is a marketing communication and business development professional.
Swaminathan has 13 years of experience in communication, web management, branding, advertising, content writing, project management, client relations and business development, both in the corporate and social sectors.
Swaminathan has received a PGDRM from the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA). He received his honors graduate degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi.