Weaving Dreams and Empowering Lives:HDFC Small Grants and ASSCOD Join Hands for Sustainable Livelihoods in Tamil Nadu


In a aim to create fostering sustainable development in the tribal community, HDFC Small Grants has partnered with ASSCOD (Association for Sustainable Community Development) through HDFC Privarthan to launch a project in the Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, and Thiruvannamali districts of Tamil Nadu. This initiative seeks to enhance the livelihood opportunities of tribal women by providing interest-free micro loans and offering skill training in tailoring and wire bag weaving.

Objectives of the Project:

The goal of this collaborative venture is to empower tribal women by not only improving their traditional livelihood activities, such as cow and goat rearing and wood cutting (limited to firewood) but also by equipping them with valuable skills in tailoring and wire bag weaving. The project aims to benefit 100 women with interest-free micro loans for enhanced livelihood opportunities and an additional 30 women with specialized skill development in these two crafts.

Scope of the Project:

Spanning over 20 villages in Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, and Thiruvannamali districts, the project is designed to make a tangible impact on the lives of tribal women. By combining financial empowerment with skill development, it aspires to break the cycle of poverty and elevate communities.

Livelihood Opportunities:

Cow and Goat Rearing:
The project recognizes the importance of traditional livestock rearing and will provide interest-free micro loans to women engaged in cow and goat rearing. This financial boost aims to enhance the efficiency of their operations and increase income.

Wood Cutting (Firewood):
Acknowledging the significance of wood cutting in their livelihoods, the project focuses on sustainable practices. The interest-free micro loans empower women to invest in responsible wood harvesting methods, ensuring environmental conservation.

Interest-Free Micro Loans:

An innovative aspect of this initiative is the provision of interest-free micro loans. By offering financial support without the burden of interest, the project aims to empower women to take control of their financial destinies and improve their traditional livelihood activities.

Skill Development Opportunities:

  1. Tailoring:
    The project includes tailor training programs, providing women with the skills to create traditional clothing for their communities and explore entrepreneurial opportunities.
  2. Wire Bag Weaving:
    With a focus on sustainable crafts, the initiative imparts the art of wire bag weaving, offering women an additional avenue for income generation through eco-friendly products.

Impact and Sustainable Development:

The combination of interest-free micro loans and skill development is poised to bring about a holistic transformation in the lives of tribal women. Beyond economic well-being, the project aims to empower women with skills that can be passed down through generations, fostering long-term sustainability.


The partnership between HDFC Small Grants and ASSCOD through HDFC Privarthan exemplifies a commitment to creating tangible change in the lives of tribal women in Tamil Nadu. By providing interest-free micro loans and skill development opportunities, this project seeks to break down financial barriers and empower women to weave a brighter future for themselves and their communities. As these women embark on a journey of economic self-sufficiency, the project becomes a beacon of hope for sustainable development and positive change in the region.