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The Coolie Sangha felt that it had achieved quite a bit in terms of socio-political, cultural and gender impact. But it suspected that these achievements could not be sustained without creating an economic base. In an attempt to bring the economic agenda into the mainstream of the mass organisation, they felt that their Members should concentrate on entrepreneurship.
Ajit Mani and his team from Intervention (India) Pvt. Ltd. were invited to make a survey on the enterprise possibilities that the rural poor had in a semi-arid drought prone region like Bagepalli, albeit where the rural poor were organised into powerful communities.