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SEWA Sanskar Kendra (SSK) envisaged as the 'hub' or centre of activity for a cluster of ten to fifteen villages. SSKs were established keeping in mind that the women in the rural communities had requirements of diverse information while they had the least access to information and communication technologies. Therefore, there was a constant need for information on people's entitlements, enhancing their capacities, accessing markets, technical solutions for livelihoods as well as technologies to cater to these requirements. These SSKs offered a gamut of services - ICT training, capacity building, skill upgradation, disaster mitigation related activities and trainings, childcare, hub for village database etc.

All these initiatives were directed towards SEWA's aims to develop a sustainable ICTbased model for addressing economic and social problems, resulting from a lack of access to needed information. While establishing SSKs special attention was paid to the role of the infomediary and the processes by which ICT-based interventions could be effective in sustainable livelihoods generation.
   
SEWA had started with a participative and holistic approach while developing the concept of SSK. The participation of local people involved selection of village resource person for SSK in the Gram Sabha1 and recruitment of local village member for SSK. People's participation in SSK activities was ensured through participatory management process and decentralized decision making. In order to bring in maximum village contribution and participation, the endeavor had been to locate the SSKs in the community areas to ensure the community's involvement.
 
SEWA collaborated with local self-government bodies like Village Panchayats, District Rural Development Agency and other like-minded organizations in setting up the infrastructure for the SSKs. These local self-government bodies provided a small building or room to house the SSK and some basic amenities. Initially, all efforts were made to obtain the place for SSK from the Gram Panchayats themselves. Wherever this was not possible, the next best alternative was considered. Thus, SEWA's SSKs were set up in the village community centre, Gram Panchayat areas, schools/institutes and in extreme cases, even in rented places. In Patan and Surendranagar districts, where SEWA started running SSKs from its own constructed buildings, the land was provided by Panchayat.  Wherever space permitted, an in-house SSK had been started at the district association premises of SEWA. This also served as a showcase of technology as women members poured into district offices at all times for their work and were exposed to the SSK concept and encouraged to try out and use the SSK for their routine work. Currently more than 40 SSKs had been operational in ten districts of Gujarat.