The Rojiroti Approach was pioneered in two linked projects of the UK DFID Natural Resources Systems Programme (NRSP) during 2001-2004 based in Bihar State. This area is good for farming, but much of this potential has been unrealized because of limited adoption of proven land and water management practices.

These two projects hugely exceeded expectations, and in 2008 an international coalition of partners [the Centre for Promoting sustainable Livelihoods (CPSL), the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) Eastern Region, and GY Associates UK] launched the Rojiroti identity via a project supported by DFID’s Research Into Use (RIU) programme.

In 2012, Rojiroti UK won a competitive grant from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF). More than half (62%) of the 3-year grant of GBP 243,894 was allocated to CPSL’s revolving fund and used for loans to SHG members: the remainder was to underwrite CPSL’s operating costs. The project brought livelihood improvements to an estimated 153,000 very poor people in all. So the cost to the donor was as little as GBP 1.60 per head*. But the part of the grant allocated to loans has, since the end of the project in 2015, remained in the revolving fund, and has continued to be used for loans and to grow the fund. This donor input, as well as being clearly cost-effective, has resulted in a highly sustainable outcome.
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