The Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) Guwahati has been honoured with an Excellence Award by National Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation (NBCFDC), New Delhi.
The award was given for effective implementation of the Raja Mayong village development programme as a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.
The project was aimed at improving livelihood opportunities and ensuring integrated development of the people living in the quaint village of Morigaon district of Assam.
The prestigious institute with the support of NBCFDC carried out a series of development programmes like social mobilization, livelihood promotion , creation of basic amenities etc, reports The Assam Tribune.
The main activities of the project included installation of a 2000- litre capacity RO drinking water plant , construction of public toilets, training programme on water hyacinth handicraft products, and conducting entrepreneurship awareness programmes for the needy households.
For effective management of the project, a village development group was also formed.
The institute also distributed solar lamps to the flood-affected villagers.
The local people have been taught creation of products using water hyacinth so that they can become self-employed and earn a good income.
The RO drinking water plant had not only provided safe drinking water to the villagers but have also provided entrepreneurial opportunities for two entrepreneurs.
For making use of the water plant, villagers have to pay Rs 1 at the source and the entrepreneurs charges Rs 2 per litre if they have to give home delivery.