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 7, 2019

Harvesting “Trust”

Keshabati Mohanta is from Naubudani village of Chakidi Gram Panchayat, situated amidst thick hilly forests, in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha. Like the majority of her fellow […]
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 […]
November 17, 2018

Flight to Freedom – Shibam Jha

She had wings but did not fly; for she was too scared where she might land. Little did she know that her flight would change her […]
November 12, 2018

Laxmi Mahila Samiti: Leveraging Linkages for Livelihoods

The journey of the last decade had brought a sea change in the lives of women of the Laxmi SHG. Strong association with their group and […]
September 10, 2018

Heroes on wheels

She drove me tentatively as we passed through the town. As she crossed the main highway, she breezed through, letting me talk to the wind. Mohini […]
August 14, 2018

The Search For The Elixir Of Life

Two large water pots – one on the head and the other clung to her waist seemed to overpower the frail frame of Kuni. Four other […]
August 6, 2018

Tara: A Guiding Star in the Lives of Little Children

Shy and quiet, Tara joined the Self Help Groups* (SHGs) facilitated by PRADAN nearly a decade back on the advice of her sister-in-law. She was newly […]
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 […]