Schumacher Centre (SC) is Jeevika Trust’s sister-organisation based in India. The joint mission is to “touch lives in rural India” by enhancing the livelihoods of the poor, deprived & marginalised. SC functions as a bridge to link India’s rural poor with government, business & the civil sector, in an effort to improve their lives.
The starting point is ‘livelihood’ & livelihood is not simply income generation: while improving the economic situation of the poor is crucial, it is necessary to integrate social & environmental issues into the equation. As an organisation, SC sees livelihood as an integrated system enabling people to have a secure & sustainable living based on access to education, health, hygiene, rights, risk reduction, housing, clothing, skills, means of production, & information; social acceptance & inclusion, & this in an environmentally-safe context.
SC’s work focuses on the entire value chain when addressing livelihood such that the continuum of Production → Technology → Market is taken into account. Markets must work for the poor & inversely, the rural poor must come to the market in a socially & environmentally coherent manner. As such, a tri sector approach is needed: the government sector for legal support, civil society as facilitators & social mobilisers, & the private sector for technology, finance and market. If any of the links in the chain is missing, the livelihood prospect is diminished.
Concretely, SC has worked on a wide range of field projects and consulting projects. Its organisational outreach encompasses all of India with project coverage of approximately one million lives across the country with projects running or completed in over 10 states.
Schumacher Centre is head quartered at Delhi, has registered offices in the States of Odisha and Karnataka, and at present has project offices in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha.