Self-Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action

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Recently, an organization called Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog limited, Bhagalpur, Bihar, has been in the news for an alleged scam.

For those who are wondering whether there is any connection between that organization and our Self-Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action (referred to as SRIJAN), we clarify that SRIJAN is in no way connected to or associated with Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti Limited of Bhagalpur, Bihar.

Board of Trustees
- Rekha Masilamani (Chair)
- Ashok Gulati
- C Babu Joseph
- Ajay Singh Mehta
- Gauri Singh
- Rohini Somanathan
- Shankar Venkateswaran

Chief Executive Officer
- Ved Arya

We are a grassroots implementation and support agency committed to promote sustainable and self-reliant models of rural development through interventions in

  • Agriculture & Horticulture
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Dairy & Livestock

In April 1997, a few colleagues who spent over a decade working with PRADAAN, decided to form a new group to work innovatively to benefit the rural poor, and SRIJAN was born. SRIJAN means an ‘act of creation’ in Sanskrit. The full name, Self-Reliant Initiatives through Joint ActioN, has two themes embedded in it: ‘self-reliance’ and ‘joint action’. We at SRIJAN believe that development cannot be promoted on large scale through charity and grants; ways must be found to execute models of poverty alleviation through promotion of self-reliance and enhancing self-respect of ‘beneficiaries’. In addition, any NGO cannot bring about development in ‘isolation’: they must act jointly, in collaboration with various stakeholders and the Government to create change.

An Organization of Excellence recognized as a resource agency for developing and replicating unique and innovative community owned sustainable livelihoods models leading to dignity for All.
To empower 100,000 rural poor families by increasing their annual income by Rs. 50,000 by 2020, through SRIJAN’s unique livelihoods cluster approach, and by enhancing their capacity to demand and access public resources they are entitled to.
Striving for Excellence; Honesty and Transparency in All Dealings; Belief in the Capacity of the Poor; Accountability to All Stakeholders especially to the Community.

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