GUWAHATI, Dec 11 - The Assam State Urban Livelihoods Mission Society, under the National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM) focuses on organising the urban poor and mobilising them on the basis of affinity groups like SHGs, ALFs (Area Level Federation).
Karimganj district is implementing the NULM Project in the headquarter town since the last two years. A total of 111 SHGs, which include 10 women in each group and three ALFs have been formed under the NULM. Eighty per cent of these women are illiterate and belong to poorest of the poor families. After joining in the group, these women have developed themselves to a remarkable level. Their sense of unity has changed their lives. They organise different programmes on cleanliness, within and outside their areas. One of the ALFs namely the Okhanda Area Level Federation Cooperative Society Limited at Char Bazar also takes active part in the education of children, a press release stated.
On December 2, 11 households were gutted in a fire, the area falling within the jurisdiction of Okhnada ALF. Four of these households were included in the SHG. An emergency meeting was called in which it was decided to collect donations from the market area of Karimganj town. Rs 17,000 and 50 kg of rice was collected and distributed among the victims.