Impact Stories

January 17, 2019

Standing together, these marginalized women are an invincible force

(Why have you gathered here? What do you want?) said the Police Officer to members of Ekta Mahila Sangh, the block level federation of women SHGs […]
January 11, 2019

Bitter Gourd Never Tasted So Sweet!

Madarkonta village of Bastar is at the heart of the “Red Corridor” in India. This is the village of the culturally rich and colorful Bison Horn […]
January 7, 2019

Harvesting “Trust”

December 21, 2018

What have you done for your country? – Reminisces of a Development Professional

It was September 2016, a usual Tuesday afternoon at Dina Tola; the villagers were waiting to collect their monthly quota of ration from the fair price […]
December 17, 2018

Tulashi’s Tale: from Iron Mine to Mining a Miracle

I live in the Jamudiha village in the Keonjhar district of Odisha. My village is an archetypical representation of deprivation in this area: rocky landscape, little […]
December 3, 2018

Anima, Archana and Asima: Aspirations of loose characters

For the women of Brahmondiha village, Self Help Groups (SHGs) are much more than a mere instrument of saving and credit. They are a vehicle to […]

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…)

    Shano
  • "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…)

    Savitribai

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.

Leadership

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

Strategy

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

People

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.

Partnerships

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

Results

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

Our Approach

Pradan Social

Our Partners