Livelihoods of rural communities in the Central Himalayan state of Uttarakhand are primarily subsistence oriented and largely dependent on agriculture, livestock and forest linkages. Very small and fragmented land holdings, reliance on traditional crop varieties and livestock breeds and rapid degradation of common property resources contribute to the incidence and degree of poverty. Uttarakhand faces a huge challenge in promoting livelihoods in rural environments due to lack of infrastructure, public facilities and problems in retaining quality human resources in rural areas. Though there is a network of banks and post offices in the state for providing financial services (mainly savings/deposits and money transfer), poor households of remote and inaccessible villages are still not able to access these credit services. The support expected from these formal financial institutions towards the SHGs is also minimal.
Community institutions such as Self-Help Groups and Federations have proven to be an effective means of financial inclusion by providing the poor households with an opportunity to save regularly, and ready access to credit for consumption and production needs. Further, livelihood enterprises through federations help in aggregation of small quantum of produce, add value to produce and negotiate with markets and suppliers for better prices. Himmotthan’s past work has demonstrated successful community institution led enterprises in various project areas. The same is now planned to be up-scaled with a focus on increased outreach of membership of federations, diversification of federation led businesses, growth in volumes and profitability and an increased access to financial services through SHGs and federations.
To achieve the above objectives, Himmotthan has adopted a multi-pronged strategy for the economic empowerment of the rural poor and women. Main thrust areas of Himmotthan to build self-sustained mountain communities are:

  • Building Self-Reliant Community Institutions
  • Meaningful Financial Inclusion
  • Self-sustainability and economic viability of community institutions
  • Promotion of Micro-insurance and Social Security Schemes
  • Skill development on Institution Building, Financial Management and Livelihood Promotion

Microfinance Integration

Community institution building and strengthening is core of all Himmotthan Programmes. Currently the Himmotthan is working in 37 village clusters, where the focus is on overlapping different kinds of projects to build an integrated and interlinked model of village development. Furthermore, Himmotthan is jointly working with the State Rural Livelihood Mission (URLM) in 2 blocks – Karanprayag (Chamoli District) and Dharchula (Pithoragarh District) of Uttarakhand.

Skill Based Livelihoods for Self-Employability in the Uttarakhand Himalayas

A joint declaration signed by the Tata Group (Tata Trusts, Tata Consultancy Services and Tata Strive) with the Government of Uttarakhand (GoUK) on July 19, 2017 in which a joint skilling and livelihoods initiative was agreed upon. The project will be implemented in collaboration with the Uttarakhand Rural Livelihood Mission (URLM) in 5 blocks, across 5 districts covering 1,000 villages. Skilling programs will include on- and off-farm enterprises like agri-produce, dairy and livestock, handicrafts and rural marketing. Collective production, processing and marketing of produce and products will create self-employment, embedded enterprises and develop a culture of entrepreneurship in the rural areas of the state. Himmotthan will be responsible for the overall monitoring and governance of the initiative.

TRISHULII Producer Company Ltd.

A state level producer company, TRISHULII Producer Company Ltd. has been registered in July 2016. 20 women’s Cooperatives (4000 members)have taken membership of the Company. Trishulii’s mandate is to facilitate and carry out bulk processing, branding and marketing of produce from the member cooperatives. It also sources and supplies critical inputs for agriculture, animal husbandry and other necessary daily need items for local households through the cooperatives to the villages, including raw material for cattle feed production to the Cooperatives, Tata Tea and water filters. It also carries out agro-produce marketing. Benefit sharing mechanisms have been setup amongst the different stakeholders. Over 600 local youth have been skilled and are involved in the various enterprises.

Himmotthan Head Office

193, Vasant Vihar, Phase-2

Behind Sri Guru Ram Rai Public School Senior Branch


Uttarakhand, India - 248006

Contact Number : (0135)- 2760728, 2761796

Himmotthan WATSAN Office

41, Vasant Vihar, Phase-2


Uttarakhand, India - 248006

Contact Number : (0135)- 2762966

TRISHULII Producer Co. Ltd.

Village Chandrabani Khalasa, P.O, Mohabbewala, Dehradun, Uttarakhand



Contact: 0135-2645363

Himmotthan Regional Offices
1. Kumaun Region-Almora

(Mohalla Talla Galli, Jakhan Devi, Almora, Uttarakhand India, 263609)

2. Garhwal Region Office- Chamoli

Near Petrol Pump, Gopeshwar,District Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India

3. Garhwal Region Office- Jadipani

Gram Saud, Jadipani, Chamba Block, District Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India

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