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About Access Livelihoods, a social enterprise in livelihoods

Management Committee

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Mr. G.V. Krishnagopal

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”.

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Mr. G. V. Sarat Kumar

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.
ALC India is about transforming lives: Lives of the poor producers and wage earners and in the process our own.
ALC India is about safeguarding dignity and pride: Pride of the poor who do not want alms but partnerships on equitable terms.Take pride in creating the best with a satisfaction of partnering with the deprived.
ALC India is about celebration: Celebrating skills of poor, celebrating their entrepreneurial spirit, celebrating of partnering with the community
ALC India is about creating wealth: Modest for yourself but seamless for the poor producers. It is about fair distribution of wealth while celebrating the entrepreneurial nature of the poor. Take pride in being wealthy with modest earnings
ALC India is about application of skills: Application in project designs, creating strategies, creating systems, marketing products for poor, negotiating for the poor, creating cutting edge technologies for the poor. Take pride in applying yourself for changing circumstances, changing systems and changing structures for others.
ALC India is a land of opportunities: Opportunities to learn, opportunities to work across the country, opportunities to work with many deprived communities, opportunities to travel and opportunities to be an epicurean, opportunities to learn about cultures of various communities, opportunities to grow, opportunities to meet best people
ALC India is about balancing: Balancing work life and balancing family life, balancing individual earnings to social contribution.
It’s a roller coaster which pushes one to think more, contribute more and hope more even when you are going through tough times.
Being a part of ALC India has been a lifetime experience. It has been like all that you dream can be achieved for me.

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.

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Dr. Surekha Kopparapu

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

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Mr. Amirapu Sitaramaiah

Head, Access Livelihoods Development Finance

Amirapu Sitaramaiah joined ALC India in 2014 as Senior Project Director in Livelihoods Development Finance (ALDF) domain. In this capacity, he has commenced finance operations for various Producer Companies. During his tenure, the loan portfolio to Producer Companies has grown from Rs 1.31 Crores to Rs 9 Crore and Rs 1.07 Crore has been raised for on-lending to Producer Companies.

He has been instrumental in singing MoU with Bank of Baroda, enabling the producer companies promoted by ALC India to access financial services. Further, he has also successfully negotiated and secured a loan of Rs 5 Crore from NABKISAN and facilitated the Producer Companies to secure loans directly for various purposes.


He held the position of Rural Development Officer at State Bank of Hyderabad for 32 years, from 1982-2014. He served as faculty in rural development and agri-finance for five years at the bank’s staff college, as the Head of the Department, Agri-banking Head Office, where he handled a loan portfolio of Rs 14,500 Crores. He worked in the Middle Management Cadre, Leaf Department, VST Co Limited, a sister company of ITC Limited on the promotion of export oriented tobacco crop varieties. He also took part in the rural development activities of the company in Medak, Telangana.

In a career spanning more than 4 decades, he has provided services in micro credit and micro finance, banking, agri-business marketing and finance, capacity building, and auditing. He has also received several awards for his meritorious serve to farmers, self-help groups from State Government, farmers’ associations, SHG federations etc.

He has received Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University, Telangana.

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Ms. Taru Golla

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.

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Mr. S. Swaminathan

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.