Key achievements : Over sixteen years, APMAS has made a successful, yet a very challenging journey, in realizing its vision for the empowerment of marginalized women and deprived communities and thereby contributing to poverty reduction initiatives. It has emerged as a trustworthy and credible resource organization at the state, national and international levels in providing support services to strengthen the SHG movement and livelihoods promotion. It has also been remarkably successful in establishing partnerships and collaboration with diverse stakeholders (community-based organizations (CBOs), NGOs, national and international donors, State Governments, Planning Commission, NABARD, Banks, and other institutions). The following are the major achievements:

Promotion and Capacity Building

  • Established own office cum training centre to provide continuous training to SHPIs & FPOs.
  • Directly trained around 300,000 professional & para-professionals on various aspects of institution building & livelihoods promotion across India; developed effective context specific training modules & materials and ToT manuals; provided support to more than 200,000 SHGs & 10,000 SHG federations in rural & urban areas
  • Working in 45 towns in Bihar promoting 10,000 SHGs and 500 SHG federations at slum and town level, perhaps the largest SHG promotion by NGO in urban areas in India.
  • Developed Kamareddy Cluster Paryavekhana Samakhya (KCPS) in Telangana as a community Resource Centre to train and place CRPs & PRPs for scaling up NRLM in Bihar, West Bengal & UP and to facilitate scaling up of self-regulatory system across India.
  • Conducted more than 500 ratings of SHG federations, Cooperatives in India
  • Implemented safe drinking water & sanitation initiatives and water quality monitoring through urban SHGs;
  • Organized national and state level flagship training programs and training of trainers programs,
  • Conducted 5 Certificate courses on Community based Micro Finance in collaboration with Coady International Institute Canada & Development Management Institute (DMI) Patna
  • Develop a massive pool of resource persons as bookkeepers, auditors, rators, facilitators and trainers with sufficient skills within the movement to cater to the capacity building needs
  • APMAS promoted 20 farmer producer organizations (FPOs) in AP in partnership with GIZ Germany, Bread for the World, Germany and with technical support from DGRV Germany.

Technical Support

  • Supporting the establishment and evolution of Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP) as an autonomous sensitive support system for the SHG movement in Andhra Pradesh which later became a model & National Resource Organization for the entire country under NRLM
  • Played a significant role in the conceptualization, design and operationalization of Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA) in AP which evolved into a national resource organization for NULM. MEPMA & APMAS are supporting NULM in other states.
  • Supported the emergence of State Level Resource Organizations for the sector (like CmF in Rajasthan) based on the experience & learning of APMAS
  • APMAS along with Prof. Sriram of IIMB conceptualized and designed State Level Apex Cooperative Institution promoted by SHG federations & Government of AP to lend to SHGs.
  • Promoted Sadhikaratha Foundation, a not-for-profit company to support the sector.
  • Consultancy services to different stakeholders (studies, research, training, tools, IEC materials, ratings, evaluation, designing products etc.),
  • Provide technical support to National and International level SHPIs in designing and offering financial products for SHG members through SHG federations promoted by them.
  • Supported SHPIs in developing / adopting required manuals, booklets, tool kits developed by APMAS and materials are now available in several Indian languages.

Research and Advocacy

  • Conducted 65 research studies focusing on various aspects of SHG institutions across India
  • Produced 69 thematic publications including 3 books on SHGs and their federations
  • Published a Telugu monthly magazine called Mahila Sadhikaratha for the past 14 years.
  • Advocacy for policy influencing based on a number of studies that APMAS conducted,
  • Facilitate state and national level workshops with all stakeholders to sensitize the concept of self-regulation for financial inclusion.