Self-Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action


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.

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