START-UP VILLAGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP VILLAGE PROGRAMME (SVEP)
“4 years and 4000 Entrepreneurs”
The Start-Up Village Entrepreneurship Programme (SVEP) aims to solve the problem of the rural poor and provide support to small enterprises and skill based workers both in terms of training and credit support. It has now reached the villages in Jakhama and Chumukedima blocks.
A flagship programme of the Government of India and a sub-scheme under the National Rural Livelihoods Mission (Ministry of Rural Development), SVEP was designed from the realization of the absence of adequate business skills and exposure, lack of support amongst the rural poor and also lack of loans for starting businesses. SVEP seeks to help the rural poor come out of poverty by helping them set up enterprises and provide support till the enterprises stabilize. SVEP envisions benefiting the households and communities even beyond the financial gains it provides by striving to help rural people especially the marginalized sections, women, and SC & ST communities to gain a sense of dignity and self- reliance leading to great social changes.
It is noteworthy that Nagaland is the only state chosen from the northeast India for SVEP, which also makes Chumukedima Block and Jakhama Block (selected for SVEP) as not only the blocks from Nagaland but also from the entire Northeast India. It targets to promote 4000 potential entrepreneurs in 4 years in the 2 blocks.
The SVEP was launched in November 2015 in both Jakhama and Chumukedima Blocks with Entrepreneurs Associates as the Project Implementing Agency (PIA). Since its introduction, the community has in all stages co-operated with great enthusiasm to help in implementing the programme thus far.
As of July 2019, SVEP has reached out to over 3000 Entrepreneurs in both blocks. EA has supported them by providing training, financial linkage and mentorship.