Impact Stories

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 […]
August 11, 2016

The Starving Days are Over

Savita Mandavi, a farmer from Chhattisgarh, could increase her annual income with new agricultural skills, such as reducing chemical-based fertilizers and pesticides, and improving systems of […]
August 11, 2016

Lac Rearing for a Grand Harvest

Sulachana, a lac farmer from Jashipur, had only one host tree to rear the insects that produce a resin used for dye. To protect her colonies […]
August 11, 2016

Growing Enough to Eat

Baleswar from Ambatoli village of Jharkhand used to have trouble growing enough rice to feed his family. After he introduced modern farming techniques, he was able […]
August 11, 2016

Adopting New Ways of Planting

A decade ago, women farmers of Nawadih Kasitoli in Gumla worried that adopting a new agriculture practice, the transplanting of rice seedlings into lines, was too […]

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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