1.5 Reaching people through their own organisation
BCT tried to reach the people it wanted to serve through an organisation of their own as indicated by its frustrated effort to organise cooperatives. Its search for appropriate tools for change had led it to women and village level Mahila Mandals.
But - Mahila Mandals as organised in the beginning proved inadequate and led it to Self Help Groups - within the structure of Mahila Mandals - proving that appropriate organisation structure, at a level matching with the ability of people to manage, relate themselves mutually through it for benefitting themselves and participate meaningfully, is crucial.
BCT tried to build mutuality among beneficiaries by dividing the group into sub-groups of appropriate size and confining membership of sub-groups to a particular neighbourhood. By not encouraging group formation on the basis of occupation, it tried to spread the risk. It has also tried to retain the scope for future group economic activity when the individual members build their strength and feel the need for such collaborative effort.
The reasons for not being so successful in its initial effort can be ascribed to its attempts to organise them at a level and scale much beyond the capacity of many to participate meaningfully, use the opportunities beneficially, relate mutually and control effectively.
To achieve the goals that it has set up for itself BCT undertakes several activities and they are categorised and briefly presented below: