The economy of the north-eastern states is mainly based on subsistence agriculture, natural resources, handloom and handcraft. Rampant and unchecked dependence on natural resources and the surrounding forests has put pressure on the fragile ecosystem and resulted in food scarcity and other problems, affecting the quality of life in the region. Besides, low adoption of technology has lead to low production in the agricultural, natural resources, handloom and handicraft sectors, which lag behind the competitive market in the country.
The Centre for Microfinance & Livelihood (CML), an associate organisation of Tata Trusts established in 2008, and the Trusts are working together towards community empowerment and improving the quality of life through multi-thematic interventions. CML’s initiative currently covers around 30,000 households spread across Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram. The key focus areas of the initiative are livelihood promotion, skill building, education, water and sanitation, sports, health and enterprise development.