Impact Stories

January 6, 2018

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb- Mandela

“Police force was sent and guns were pointed at them but they stood firm. It will be a long and arduous journey for the SHG women […]
January 6, 2018

A Vegetable Micro-Entrepreneur is Born

It was a hot summer day. There was just boiled rice and raw mango pickle on the plate. ‘Her family had a right to eat better’, […]
January 6, 2018

Manmati Singh: Bringing about change-one step at a time

“Talk to me when you will be able to erase all our miseries. Else tie your wisdom in your sari and go away”, he shouted. ‘It […]
January 6, 2018

With Sickle and Stick, they Saved a Forest

It was getting dark in the forest. At a distance, light was gleaming from oil lamps in the village. “Did you breastfeed these Saal trees? Why […]
August 11, 2016

Water for the Kitchen Garden

In the Katoria block of Bihar, 100 families are taking part in a water project sponsored by Lutheran World Relief. They have brought drinking water, an […]
August 11, 2016

Self-Reliant by Raising Goats

Sebati is so skilled at rearing goats that she is now a resource person helping to teach others in the Kandhamal district. Her abilities and her […]

Transforming Lives

  • "Today I actively participate in the Theatre of the Oppressed. I visit remote villages across Purulia district in West Bengal, taking my story and other (more…)

  • "I have come a long way. I wish to see similar changes in the lives of my fellow villagers! I work hard to do my bit. Now, I commute to more distant places on (more…)

    Sukhanti Oraon
  • Ajamber Soy of Punnibudi village in Jharkhand had been rearing tasar since 1998, using traditional practices learnt from his father. Like many others around him, (more…)

    Ajamber Soy
  • Before joining the self-help group initiated by PRADAN in 2002, Savitribai’s family was completely dependent on daily-wage labour and the occasional harvesting of soy beans to make ends meet. (more…)


WE BELIEVE that all people, no matter how poor, are capable of driving the change they need.

OUR MISSION is to enable the most marginalized people, especially rural women, to earn a decent living and take charge of their own lives.


We structure ourselves as concentric circles made of interdependent teams rather than traditional hierarchy of power.


We mobilise women into collectives to help each other earn a decent living and build better communities.


We bring young educated professionals to work alongside people in the poorest villages, and they are chosen for their empathy as well as their technical expertise.


We collaborate with other organizations who want to enhance the quality of life in the communities of rural India.


We prove to the development sector that empowering women with self-help groups can drive lasting change.

Our Approach

Pradan Social

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