Over the years, the Collective has been instrumental in reviving the cooperative movement in the district and has promoted a number of producer owned cooperatives with a livelihood focus. This was seen as a logical next step to promoting a social and economic base in the villages. Given below is a brief discussion of various co-operatives by the Collective.

Cooperatives promoted by the Timbaktu Collective

So far it has successfully set up (as of March 31st, 2015):

Women’s Cooperatives

Mahasakthi federation of Cooperatives (also a registered Cooperative) with 4 member cooperatives (around 18,657 members and a total capital base of around Rs. 138 million).

  • Adisakthi Mutually Aided Thrift Cooperative Society of women with 5,954 members and total capital base of Rs. 58.54 million
  • Anantasakthi Mutually Aided Thrift Cooperative Society of women with 4,986 members and total capital base of Rs. 36.27 million
  • Mahilasakthi Mutually Aided Thrift Cooperative Society of women with 4,762 members and total capital base of Rs. 36.83 million
  • Durgasakthi Mutually Aided Thrift Cooperative Society of women with 2,955 members and total capital base of Rs. 6.95 million

Through these cooperatives the Collective has helped set up an alternative banking system that provides loans to its members at reasonable interest rates while providing its members free legal aid and counselling support.

Tree-growers’ Cooperatives

Kalpavalli tree-growers’ cooperative has protected and regenerated 7,500 acres waste land into a community managed wilderness, which provides alternative livelihoods to over 1,000 families living around it;

Farmer Cooperatives

Dharani, a federation of farmer cooperatives that procures, processes, value adds, markets and sells the produce of the farmer cooperatives members with the present annual revenues of around Rs. 17.7 million;

  • Avani, a producer owned, mandal level farming and marketing cooperative with 713 shareholding members;
  • Bhoomatha, a producer owned, mandal level farming and marketing cooperative with 470 shareholding members;
  • Vasuda, a producer owned, mandal level farming and marketing cooperative with 612 shareholding members;

Livelihood Cooperatives

Gramasiri, a producer owned, livelihood cooperative with 625 shareholding landless labourers with a capital base of Rs. 6.7 million. It procures and sells sheep and goats reared by its members;

Cooperatives of People with Disabilities

Prathibha, a Mutually Aided Thrift Cooperative Society of people with disabilities with  1400 members and three branches. It provides loans to its members at reasonable interest rates for livelihood enhancement while providing them health and rehabilitation services;

Watershed Cooperatives

  • Julakunta Watershed MACS, a village level watershed cooperative that manages the watershed of Julakunta village. It has 122 members and has a capital base of Rs. 12,200;
  • Motuvaripalli Watershed MACS, a village level watershed cooperative that manages the watershed of Motuvaripalli village. It has 110 members and has a capital base of Rs. 11,000;
  • Beedupalli Watershed MACS, a village level watershed cooperative that manages the watershed of Beedupalli village. It has 144 members and has a capital base of Rs. 14,400;
  • Marakuntapalli Watershed MACS, a village level watershed cooperative that manages the watershed of Marakuntapalli village. It has 136 members and has a capital base of Rs. 13,600;

Children’s Cooperatives

The Collective also runs a small residential school for children from disadvantaged families and a resource centre for children and youth. It works with  2,024 children (including 918 girls) in 48 villages, educating them and their parents on children’s ecological rights. It has helped these children to set up 31 community vegetable gardens.

TREES

Realising that people from villages wanting to go into business often don’t have the required skills, the Collective has facilitated the setting up of an independent organisation (TREES) that trains rural people in basic business concepts.