SOAR Project

Securing Opportunities towards Advancing Revenue

The problem

People affected by leprosy/disability in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, do not have adequate knowledge, skills and resources to start and manage income generating activities. They are mostly aged, severely disabled and unskilled. Similarly, other marginalised sections of society (SCs/STs, single women, and minority communities) are socially and economically discriminated due to various reasons. They are forced to do manual labour that takes care of only their basic needs. They are not aware of their rights, lack social structure for upliftment, and are excluded from the mainstream society. Moreover, there is no proper leadership among them to work for their sustainable development.

How the project aims to address these problems

The Leprosy Mission Trust India started a community development project, Securing Opportunities towards Advancing Revenue (SOAR) project, to address these problems by supporting people affected by leprosy/disability to start and manage their own income generating activities.  As an empowerment initiative, the project intends to formulate an effective, people-owned and managed not-for-profit company, as a platform for livelihood promotion.

Project implementation area


Project period

January 2014 to December 2018

Key achievements

  • Facilitated formation of a cooperative of milk producers, fully owned and run by the persons affected by leprosy, the first of its kind in the country.
  • 80% of members in the producer company have fixed assets worth Rs 300,000.
  • 50% of 4,700 households with minimum cumulative outstanding savings of Rs 15,000.
  • 50% members are covered under health insurance.

Key project staff:
Mr David Jaganathan, Programme Manager