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Inter-Mission Industrial Development Association IIDA Charity Profile
Inter-Mission Industrial Development Association (IID) is based in Chennai. 11 of its 14 Branches are located here. Chennai is the largest Metropolitan City in South India with a population of 8 million in the Greater Chennai area. Of these, close to 30% live below the poverty line, i.e. the daily income earned for such families is less than the equivalent of US $ 2. 20% of the population live in slums. The level of illiteracy, especially in the slums and impoverished areas is high. Most of the people do not have a regular job and even if they get jobs they earn less than Rs.100 (US$ 2) daily. About 60% of these poor people are involved in informal micro enterprise activities to earn their livelihood. However, they have limited access to working capital and lack business development training to significantly grow a micro business activity. Unemployment is not a result of insufficient work opportunities, but it is related to lack of skill training and encouragement.
Inter-Mission Industrial Development Association concentrates on giving training, relief and rehabilitation to the people below the poverty line. IID started a Micro Enterprise Development Program in 1996 with the help of Opportunity International for employment and income generation of the poor. Today this activity is done by the "Growing Opportunity Finance (India) Ltd." which is still linked to IID.
Inter-Mission Industrial Development Association IIDA Volunteer Information
We have volunteer opportunities available. Please visit our website for more details.