Self Help Affinity Groups
MYKAPS has promoted 1303 SAG’s as on 31st March, 2015. These are savings and credit institutions of chiefly women. There are 19164 women and 1684 men as members. These SAG’s are linked to banks, sanghamithra and NABFINS. The age of these SAG’s ranges from 3 years to 28 years. The capital managed by older group ranges from 10 to 20 lakhs.
Organic Farmers Associations
MYKAPS in the past had promoted four organic farmers associations in Nanjangud Taluk in Mysore District to promote organic farming with support from Dept. of Agriculture. 502 farmers are covered by these associations and 422.27 ha. is covered under organic farming. These OFAs have obtained membership in the federation which covers three districts namely; Mandya, Mysore and Chamarajanagar.
Community Managed Resource Centres
Community Managed Resource Centres (CMRC) are independent, local level resource centres designed to help and guide the communities they are located in. A typical CMRC will support 30 villages (comprising 10000 people). The membership of a CMRC consists 100 to 125 self help affinity groups in a geographical location. They are registered as Trust / Society with Trustees/Directors selected from among the members of SAG’s. The member secretary of CMRC is involved in day to day management of CMRC. These CMRCs have obtained exemption under Sec.12A and 80G of Income Tax Act. The CMRCs provide the required services demanded by the SAG’s. They are also the service providers of Sanghamithra and NABFINS. CMRCs also provide social mobilization support to MYKAPS and are supporting MYKAPS to implement projects. They also provide faculty support to JDCIDOR and organize field visits.
Village Watershed Committees
These are registered associations under Karnataka Societies Act 1960 who are involved in implementation of Watershed Projects. Funds from NABARD/ Watershed Development Department are credited to these associations for implementing treatment works. An elected representative of the Grama Panchayat normally the President of GP performs the role of Chairman of VWC who is also a co-signatory of bank account of VWC.
Tank User Groups
These groups are formed where MYKAPS has taken up desilting of tanks. There are 12 to 15 members in a TUG. These TUGs are responsible for post maintenance of tanks desilted by raising contribution from the community. TUGs have been promoted by MYKAPS in H.D.Kote Nanjangud and Periyapatna Taluks. 16 TUGs are involved in running agribusiness centers providing the required equipments to farmers such as sprinklers, Generators etc. 18 TUGs are also involved in wood procurement and supply wood to farmers at their door step for commercial purposes.
Vandana Mahila Sangha
A Producer Group namely; Vandana Agarbathis had been promoted by MYKAPS in Shyanubhoganahally with support from Jnanachiguru CMRC, Hunsur. The members from 4 SAG’s namely; Yashaswini, Gayathri, Nandini and Sharada MSS started the producer's group with initial capital of Rs.30,000/- from each group. Subsequently, they raised capital Rs.1,000,000/- under SGSY loan/subsidy scheme in 2007. Zilla Panchayat, Mysore has constructed a common work shed for the group at a total cost of Rs.700,000/-. Various trainings were provided by MYKAPS under MEPA and other programs to the group. The group has mobilized ragi cleaning and powdering machine from the Agriculture Dept. The group is involved in condiments making, hiring of chairs and shamiyana for weddings, functions etc. Zilla Panchayat has provided a TATA Ace vehicle to the group to transport goods. Vandana Agarbathies represents in many exhibitions such as Dasara Exhibition, Cauvery Saras, District Level Women Farmer's Meet, Jathra, Urban Haat- International Exhibition, Swadeshi Mela, Kashmir Haat, Srinagar etc. The producer unit has been registered under Karnataka Societies Act 1960.
Kaveri Rural Development Cooperative Society
Kaveri Rural Development Cooperative Society is a FPO registered under Cooperative Act of 1959 which is chiefly promoted to support better cotton farmers to procure inputs and to assist them to sell their produce in the BCI Supply Chain. There are 872 members with a share capital of Rs.471,600/-.
An institution namely; Jnana Degula Centre for Institutional Development and Organizational Reforms (JDCIDOR) has been established by MYRADA to build the capacities of various institutions promoted by MYKAPS. It is registered under Indian Trust Act and exempted under 80G and 12A on Income Tax Act. The president of the 10 trust is also the Executive Director of MYRADA. The Training Coordinator of MYKAPS is the Member Secretary of JDCIDOR. The primary activities of JDCIDOR includes conducting training / capacity building, assisting the CMRCs to conduct trainings, consolidating all trainings conducted by MYKAPS and CMRCs. JDCIDOR is also involved in conducting studies, evaluations and participatory planning such as participatory learning methods. JDCIDOR conducts approximately 300 training sessions per year. It has well equipped training halls boarding and lodging facilities for up to 70 people at any one time. JDCIDOR has developed various training modules for training of SAG’s, farmers groups and producer organizations. JDCIDOR is involved in training of NGOs, Bankers, Nationals and Internationals. JDCIDOR attracts internationals from African Countries namely; Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ireland and also from other countries such as Bhutan and Combodia. Students form Oberlin University, Japan visit JDCIDOR once in two years for a cultural exchange program. JDCIDOR has a trained street theatre group which is involved in conducting street plays related to sanitation, SHG development and sustainable agricultural practices.