Empowering The Rural Poor

Sustainable socio-economic initiatives to enhance livelihood opportunities for the marginalized and build their capacity to demand and access entitlements

Development Strategy

We have a unique livelihoods cluster promotion model for small marginal farmers. The model has six major components.

Current Projects

Bundelkhand Initiative on Water, Agriculture and Livelihoods (BIWAL)

Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh

Supported by Hindustan Unilever Foundation, in the...Read more

Supported by Hindustan Unilever Foundation, in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh large tanks created by earlier dynastic rulers have silted and the storage capacity of these tanks has gone to less than 10% of the actual. These tanks are lifeline to farmers and also measures for sub-surface recharge of water. 110 such tanks will be restored and it will help 11,000 families practices regenerative agriculture.

VIKALP- Creating Livelihood Alternatives for the Poor

Madhya Pradesh

There are four major interventions under this proj...Read more

There are four major interventions under this project -
1. Agriculture productivity enhancement,
2. Smallholder Horticulture Program,
3. Natural Resource Management, and
4. Value-chain & Processing of non-timber forest produce.
The project aims at reaching out to 4,500 rural households over a period of 3 years.

Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives

Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan & Madhya Pradesh

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Smallholder horticulture and community institutions building for replication and policy influence, supported by Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives. This multi-pronged project focuses on smallholder horticulture through nano-orchards demonstration and replication through state governments. There are multiple forums that we engage in various parts of the country like Bundelkhand and Mahakoshal regions of Madhya Pradesh and Mewar region of Rajasthan.

Civil Society Movements


Bundelkhand initiative


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