As part of its scale-up work, PACS has developed an Inclusive Livelihood Development Programme. The programme focuses on 8 different livelihood models. Each model aims to enable socially excluded groups to diversify and develop the way they make a living.
PACS has identified and adopted 8 scalable, innovative and inclusive livelihood enhancement models. Through these models, PACS intends to organise, engage and integrate socially excluded communities into value chains and markets in a sustainable and equitable way.
Although most of the models have been in existence for a while, PACS’s focus on working with socially excluded communities will allow these models to evolve and expand in their applicability and inclusiveness.
The 8 models are:
The challenge for socially excluded groups is two-pronged:
The PACS inclusive livelihood development programme is therefore based on addressing these twin challenges.
The programme aims to reach out to the five socially excluded groups with whom PACS works – women, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Muslims and disabled people - because these groups have very limited opportunities to improve their livelihoods.
There is a strong focus on involving and empowering women in particular because income earned by this group is more likely to benefit the overall family, especially children.