Access Livelihoods Consulting India Limited (ALC India)
ALC India was established in 2005 with a quest to find effective ways to solve the persistent problems faced in the livelihoods of economically marginalized communities. Their work across 17 states in India over the last decade has helped them create and test new livelihood models that transform producers' lives and usher greater self-reliance. Through their Beehive model for building producer enterprises, they presently partner over 60,000 farmers, weavers and tribal farmers in building 37 producer companies in four states of India. They also work at the macro level, with innovative platforms that seek to shape the livelihood environment.
ALC India was founded by two young men with bright ideas, a lot of passion for development work and very little money GV Krishna Gopal and G Satyadev were batchmates at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), batch 1999. They had no money. No established network. No reputation that preceded them. But, they had a vision and the courage to pursue it. Even as they were trying to take the baby steps in entreprenuership, they took their time to articulate the foundational values of the organization. They wanted to build on organization that would last beyond them. Today, even though the organization has grown in size and scope, the foundational principles continue to guide the work.
To work for the marginalized rather than the mainstream
To work towards impacting those who most needed them. The mission was therefore to mainstream the marginalized communities in India - workers who belong to the unorganized sector.
To optimise their returns rather than maximise
To practice a model of development that they would preach, they put down caps on earnings for employees and shareholders.
To collaborate rather than compete
To work along with other partners such as Government, Bilateral agencies, Foundations, NGO's and Academic Institutions who make up the livelihood ecosystem.
To grow in impact rather than size
To make their knowledge and ideas freely available for anyone interested in improving the sector. They consciously incubate organisations within the ALC Group to scale up impact.
To enable equitable and sustainable economic development for marginalized by provision of professional services to individuals and collectives/organizations/ institutions. It will ensure that the marginalized are recognized as active contributors to growing economy and enable equitable share of wealth gets generated and distributed in favour of them.
They envision enhancing livelihoods of one million economically disadvantaged households directly (0.1 million) and indirectly (0.9 million) by March 2014.