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What We Do
PRADAN has significant and wide-ranging experience in promoting livelihoods with the rural poor, through an approach that blends the socio-behavioural with the technical and managerial dimensions.

PRADAN’S livelihood programmes can be broadly classified into the following sectoral activities:
Microfinance through promoting and nurturing Self-Help Groups (SHGs) of women   Forest-based activities (Tasar sericulture, Lac cultivation, Siali Leaf Plate making and Farm Forestry)   Land & Water related activities (Agriculture,Horticulture, Irrigation, Watershed Development)
Promotion of SHG's:
PRADAN is one of the pioneers in the promotion of Self-Help Groups (SHG) in India, having formed its first SHG in Alwar, Rajasthan, in 1987...
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  Forest Based Livelihood: PRADAN works mostly with Adivasis and poor people who live near forests for whom forests and trees have, traditionally, been an important source of livelihood...
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  Natural Resource Management: A vast majority of the rural poor continue to be dependent on land and water resources for their meager livelihoods. Sadly, however, various phenomena including deforestation...
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Livestock based livelihoods (Dairy, Goat rearing)   Micro-enterprises (Tasar yarn production, Mushroom cultivation and Poultry rearing)    
Livestock Development: PRADAN works with rural families in the promotion of dairy and goat rearing activities in the project areas of Jharkhand, Odisha, Rajasthan, Bihar and West Bengal...
  Micro Enterprise Promotion: In PRADAN’s project areas, land, water, livestock, and forests remain the main sources of livelihood that are available to the rural poor. Most families depend on agriculture for their meager incomes...

These programs seek to increase the livelihood options of poor people and advance the frontiers of their choices.