This is one of ARAVALI's key initiatives which assist NGOs to target and work with 500 poorest families
in their areas of operation. The NGOs identify such families, and undertake a complete livelihoods
profile of the families and then aggregate common livelihood elements which can be worked upon so that
these families can move over the poverty line. An important element in this approach is to help the
poorest families to access entitlements due to them from the government.
The main objective of ARAVALI in establishing FLRCs is to enable aggregation of support inputs
pertaining to various sectors and sub-sectors, and their delivery as part of a more focused livelihood
intervention with the identified, poorest of the poor families in an area.
The objective of an FLRC itself is to develop and deliver a customised package of livelihood resources
and support services, for sustainable income generation and enterprise promotion, for the poorest and
the most vulnerable households in its area.
The FLRC is based on the premise that the livelihoods of the poorest families depend on multiple sources
and thus require a coordinated multi input mechanism for them to be able to cross the thresh hold of
poverty. At the same time, the portfolio of livelihood activities performed by a household is unique,
and there is a need to bring about an overall increase in the household income, rather than altering the
proportions contributed by different activities. Supporting and promoting livelihoods of the poorest and
the most vulnerable section of the society, thus, requires an integrated approach that also concentrates
on the household as a unit. This realisation has led to the conceptualisation of Family Livelihood
Resource Centre (FLRC) approach for the customised diagnosis, design, and delivery of livelihood support
inputs required by each family in an area, to come out of the poverty trap on a permanent basis. These
inputs can be in the form of information, technical, institutional, or business development support
provided to increase the household's access to livelihood assets/resources or to opportunities for
income generation, or for vulnerability and risk reduction.
ARAVALI is currently working with 06 organisations on this approach covering 3000 poorest families and
will be expanding to at least 7000 more families through 14 more partner organisations during 2008-2012.