Self-Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action

AAGAZ 2018

(13th April 2018)

The annual meet of the Women’s Federation of India, a national level body comprising more than 40,000 rural women

Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Auditorium, New Delhi.

“If you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate an entire family” – Mahatma Gandhi


SRIJAN (Self-Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action)

SRIJAN is an eighteen year old national level grassroots implementation and support agency committed to promote Sustainable and Self Reliant Models of Rural Development

Women’s Federation of India (WFI)

Women’s Federation of India is a national level body comprising more than 45,000 rural women who have come together to address common issues that they will work to resolve collectively:

  • Liquor consumption by men folk in the villages leading to domestic violence and disruption of finances
  • Discrimination against girls in education
  • Lack of accountability from government institutions

Rajasthan Nari Shakti Sangathan (RNSS)

RNSS is WFI’s state chapter in Rajasthan, and has been established as a forum of collaboration with other state based organizations working on women empowerment.

These include: People’s Economic and Development Organization, (PEDO), Manjari Foundation, Center for Microfinance, Justice for Chhabra (JFC) and Ibtada.

Impact on Ground


Over 40,000 women have formed 11 SHG Federations and 6 Farmer Producers’ Organizations in poverty pockets of 14 districts of four states – Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha. They lead the charge to achieve self-reliance.

SHG Strength
No. of SHGs 3912
No. of Federations 11
SHG savings 7.6 crore
Credit mobilized through banks 12.3 crore

Snapshot: Our Women’s Federations and Producer Companies

Federation Women Producer Company Business Equity Capital
Ghoomar Mahila Samiti, Pali, Rajasthan 4,000 Ghoomar Mahila Producer Company Ltd. Extracted and packaged Custard Apple pulp 17.53 lakh
Maitree Mahila Mandal, Tonk,Rajasthan 6,000 Maitree Mahila Dairy and Agricultural Producer Company Ltd. Milk and milk products 9.94 crores
Samriddhi Mahila Mandal, Bundi,Rajasthan 12,000 Samriddhi Mahila Crop Producer Company Ltd. Soybean, Soy products, Agri-inputs 24 lakh
Sangam Mahila Mandal, Chhindwara, M.P 2,500 Chindwara Organic Farmers’ Enterprise Ltd. Organic fruits, Vegetables, Agri-inputs, NTFP 1.65 lakh

Some of our Leaders

Kajodi Devi

President, Maitree Mahila Dairy
Maitree Mahila Mandal, Duni, Rajasthan

Kajodi Devi

Narbada Devi

Board Member, Maitree Mahila Dairy Tonk, Rajasthan

Narbada Devi

Ram Kali

President, Sakhi Sangh Samiti Sagar, M.P

Ram Kali

Prem Bai

Leader, Samriddhi Mahila Mandal, Bundi District, Rajasthan

Prem Bai

Savitri Bai

President, SamriddhiMahila Crop Producer Company Ltd.,Bundi, Rajasthan

Savitri Bai

Sorbati Pandre

Leader, Prerna Mahila Mandal Federaration, Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh

Sorbati Pandre


Awards and Recognitions of SRIJAN

The International Alliance for Women” (TIAW) World of Difference Award in 2015

Winner: Emerging Non-Profit category : ICICI Foundation and CNBC TV18’s Inclusive India Awards in 2014

  • Mobile for Good Awards from Vodafone in 2014.
  • Civil Society Hall of Fame 2014.
  • Samuh Sakhi Award by Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje
  • Finalist : Bihar Innovation Forum.

SRIJAN SHGs Program is Awarded by Smt. Baundhara Rajey C.M. Rajasthan

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