It is a central Sector scheme externally aided by World Bank and implemented in four North Eastern States namely Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.

The objective is to improve livelihoods of the poor, especially that of women and the disadvantaged people in the project area.

The identification of Districts for the project was done by the State Governments based on social and economic backwardness.
Desired Outcomes –

Making the SHGs promoted and supported by the project sustainable,

Increasing the income level of the members of the SHGs (at least 60% of them) and disadvantaged households by 30% in real term

Providing jobs or self employment to the unemployed youths through various skill trainings, entrepreneurship development trainings, vocational trainings and management development trainings.