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Building Community Resilience Through Collaborative Initiatives: Marumalarchy Agricultural Producer Company

In 2016, the Marumalarchy Agricultural Producer Company was established under the Companies Act. They were working towards their goals when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, causing them to question how to proceed and effectively manage their organization. It was during this period that they partnered with Community Action Collab (CAC), which enabled them to access crucial resources such as masks, groceries, and vaccinations.

As a result of this collaboration, members of the community were able to purchase tailoring machines, receive disability cards, and benefit from social protection schemes they were entitled to. “It was CAC who introduced us to SHILP. Since joining SHILP, we have received significant support in developing our business plan, enhancing our leadership capacity, and expanding our company. We participated in online sessions and a physical workshop that provided us with valuable insights into our strengths, weaknesses, and organizational standing,” said Murukan, the Company Director.

“SHILP demonstrated how a system can foster a more robust and resilient community. As leaders of the farming community we serve, we have witnessed firsthand the positive impact of SHILP’s support,” he added.

CAC plays a pivotal role in enhancing the resilience of community organizations by providing them with the necessary resources, training, and support to thrive in challenging circumstances. Initiatives like SHILP enable community organizations like Marumalarchy Agricultural Producer Company to develop their business goals, build their leadership capacity, and foster collaboration and collective action, all of which contribute to their resilience. By leveraging the power of community and collective action, CAC’s initiatives enable community organizations to manage crises and emerge stronger and more resilient.