Girijana Institute of Rural Entrepreneurship Development (GIRED) is a unique initiative specifically targeting tribal youth. This Vocational Training Centre was started in September 2010 in partnership with Integrated Tribal Development Agency -Seethampeta (an executing body of Department of Tribal Welfare, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh). GIRED is located in Addakulaguda village of Seethampeta mandal of Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh.
The objective of GIRED is to provide employment avenues and income generation opportunities for tribal youth. The aim is to upgrade skills of the tribal youth in various vocations depending on their education, economic trends and the market potential, to enable them to gain suitable employment or enable them to become self-employed.
ITDA has provided a building to GMRVF to run the institute and also in liaison with the line departments for provision of drinking water and other facilities.
ITDA is also supporting in mobilization of youth for trainings.
So far, GIRED has trained close to 1720 youth in different trades like two wheeler repairing, gents tailoring, taxi driving and mobile phone repairing etc. of whom about 1399 were settled.
ITDA has also agreed to provide loans under its TRICOR scheme to GIRED trainees who want to start their own enterprises.