IRTC started its livelihood interventions in 1990s. It has explored the potentials of different areas such as ornamental fishing, mushroom cultivation, pottery and production and sales of toiletry items as major areas of livelihood support. IRTC has always focused on handholding the rural poor and women through its technical support which could ensure basic livelihood sources to them. There have been a sizeable number of examples where rural populace who have undergone training have established their own micro ventures in various sectors. The philosophy of poverty eradication and empowerment envisaged through the promotion of Self Help Groups (SHG) is the driving force behind offering these training programmes.