Community based rehabilitation

Income generation

Navajeevana’s CBR department has a livelihood coordinator who works with clients that have come to a certain stage of their rehabilitation plans.

The capacities and talents of clients are assessed. Some prefer to work at home due to mobility constraints. Others prefer a job outside of the home environment – such clients have been introduced to regular employment at factories, shops, garages, printing presses etc. For the self employed options vary from mushroom cultivation and plant nurseries, sewing, lace making, carpentry, fruit/ vegetable cultivation etc.

Formal (institution-based) or informal (field visits) training is offered to clients on request based on the assessment of the coordinator. Livelihood options are limited for the mentally disabled. But Navajeevana is experimenting with a group farming exercise involving four adult downs syndrome clients and one client with physical disability. The family members of these clients are also involved in cultivating the communal plot.

Problems we face in introducing income generation activities:

  • Difficulty to raise capital for income generating ventures
  • Difficulty to access traditional forms of credit
  • Even other development agencies tend to bypass disabled people in their poverty programmes aimed at improving livelihood
  • Employers’ reluctance due to social conditioning to accept disabled employees
  • Misconceptions about productivity and work ethic of people with disabilities
  • Securing markets for goods produced by self employed