Grameena Incubation Center (GIC) is working towards promotion of entrepreneurship amongst women, people with disabilities and youth in rural areas.
GIC focuses on creating a model of entrepreneurial training to help rural women with micro and small enterprises scale up their business by providing them with mentoring, training and possible financial assistance.
GIC has started a pilot project before the COVID lockdown to access the interest women entrepreneurs have to improve their business.
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY), New Delhi has given a Center of Excellence on Agriculture and Technology for Grameena Incubation Center. This is to look at how technologies for small and marginal farmers can be introduced for assist them in their agricultural operations.
GIC is backed by Bhagavatula Charitable Trust (BCT).
About BCT: Since its inception in the year 1976, BCT has been working relentlessly towards the transformation of the villages in the Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. Over the years, BCT has facilitated in identifying various socio-economic issues prevalent in the villages and solving them through its participatory approach and rural development programs. Over 1100 projects have been run positively impacting the entire region. BCT facilitated the start of 60% of the NGOs in the district.
BCT has been running a rehabilitation center for the hearing and speech impaired for the past 20 years. Through its community based rehabilitation, 7752 people with disabilities are being catered to in the district. An Industrial Training Institute (ITI) for the rural youth is also operational. For the past 25 years, BCT in collaboration with Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) has been running a Krishi Vigyan Kendra for the district.