Our Impact

Our Impact

PRADAN is making a measurable impact on India.


In 1987, PRADAN pioneered the model of organizing women into self-help groups (SHG) as an approach to mobilize poor communities and improve their livelihoods. Today, our program to link SHGs with banks is the world’s largest microfinance movement, with more than 70 million women having their bank accounts for their businesses. It is also now the central strategy of many grass-roots NGOs and public programs.

We engage with more than 589,000 women organized into nearly 46,500 SHGs, making it one of the largest civil society efforts in the world.

These SHGs have cumulatively disbursed credit of Rs 3 billion (~US$55m). PRADAN supports 80 Women Federations, an associative tier of self-help groups. These Federations give strength to their members to raising their voices against exploitation and violence.


Food Security

PRADAN has assisted nearly 271,000 rural families with crop selection and access to modern markets, enhancing their productivity by three to four times and ensuring year-round food security. Some 11,000 farmers are organized into 43 Agriculture Production Clusters to better participate in markets. More than 136,000 families grow cash crops, such as tomatoes, cabbages, cauliflowers, broccolis, chillies that are increasingly in demand in a changing urban India.



PRADAN has worked with more than 36, 000 families to assure irrigation in 7,297 hectare (ha) and has improved soil-moisture availability in an additional 7,738 hectare (ha).

Every year, PRADAN directly supports these families in adopting the models of water conservation, which increase household incomes by 75-100%


Managing Natural Resources

PRADAN supports more than 43,000 small-holding farmers with integrated natural resource management to build resilience to water variability caused by climate change. We have designed methods ranging from small-scale on-farm water control measures to selecting crops that utilise residual moisture and are more adaptive to water stress and water surplus conditions.

Farmers adopt eco-friendly technologies and use weather predictions made available by PRADAN to diversify production risks and adapt crop choices.



PRADAN optimises the resources available to the poor by helping them access funds and build their assets and capabilities so they can earn a decent living.

PRADAN has helped nearly 282,000 people participate in income generation activities like agriculture, fruit orchards, tasar silk and poultry. For example, our home-grown chicken initiative is the largest of its kind in India. We promoted National Smallholder Poultry Development Trust (NSPDT) which supports 10, 441 women poultry farmers, across 20 cooperatives, reaching a cumulative turnover of Rs. Rs.3.6 billion (~US$ 56 m). We have also developed one of the largest organised tasar silk productions in India. Tasar Development Foundation worked with 13, 000 farmers rearing the seed cocoons needed to make in tasar silk. At par in quality with the Central Silk Board’s standards, the seed cocoons produced by these farmers were enough to cover the entire year’s requirement at their local levels. This helped the rearers earn an income of Rs. 5 million (~US$ 77,000 ) during the last year.


Grassroots Governance

PRADAN helps communities create their own social and economic collectives and strengthens grassroots governance by encouraging women to actively participate in local village councils. Women self-help groups, their associative tiers, producer companies and cooperatives help the poor play an active role in local markets and social exchange. This helps ensure relevant public investments, and efficient delivery of public services.

In 37 of India’s poorest districts, communities have started accessing their rights and entitlements, making claims on constitutionally guaranteed provisions, and holding local village councils accountable.


PRADAN by the Numbers


  • 2017

    Spirit of Humanity Award for Women Empowerment
  • 2016

    Process Excellence Award for grass-roots work by Axis Bank Foundation
  • 2015

    Times Social Impact Award for livelihoods promotion
  • 2013

    Microfinance India Award as the Self-help Group Promoting Institution of the Year 2013 by ACCESS Development Services and HSBC

    Appointed National Support Organisation for National Rural Livelihoods Mission to support development work in Extremist affected areas
  • 2011

    M. Phil in development practice in collaboration with Ambedkar University, Delhi
  • 2010

    Ranked 1st in NGO category and 47th in over all India's best companies to work for 2010 by Great Place to work institute and the Economic Times

    Rozgar Jagrookta Puraskar by Ministry of Rural Development for efforts in generating awareness about implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act
  • 2009

    Deep Joshi received the Ramon Magasaysay award for nurturing the idea of PRADAN
  • 2006

    First NGO to received ‘NGO of the year’ award by Jeet and Khemka Foundation and Resource Alliance Group
  • 2003

    Started first System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in eastern India
  • 1995

    Awarded K P Goenka award for innovative work on Natural Resource Management (NRM)
  • 1991

    Launched one-year Development Apprenticeship programme to train professionals
  • 1987

    Among the first to pioneer self-help groups
  • 1983

    Founded by Vijay Mahajan and Deep Joshi

We are currently working with nearly 500,000 poor households in 7,000 villages across 7 states.


Indian Donors


  • Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation
  • Centre for microFinance (CmF)
  • Ernst & Young Foundation
  • Hindustan Unilever Foundation
  • NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Ltd.
  • GiveIndia
  • Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust
  • Jamsetji Tata Trust
  • Sir Dorabji Tata Trust
  • Sir Ratan Tata Trust

Departments of Government of India

  • Central Silk Board, Ministry of Textiles
  • Centre for Development of Advance Computing (C-DAC)
  • National Institute of Rural Development (Spl SGSY, GoI)

Departments of State Governments

  • Department of Agriculture and Food Production, GoWB
  • Odisha State Rural Livelihood Mission - Enhancing the capability of women in Integrating farming system
  • Rajasthan Gramin Ajeevika Vikas Parisad
  • Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojna
  • Pachayati Raj Department, GoO
  • Pachayati Raj Department, GoWB
  • The Rural Development Department, GoJ
  • Tribal Development Department
  • Tribal Welfare Commission, Government of Jharkhand

State Corporations/Agencies

  • Jharkhand Watershed Mission, GoJ
  • Mitigating Poverty in Western Rajasthan (Mpower), GoR

District Level Agencies

  • District Rural Development Agency
  • Watershed Cell cum Data Centre (WCDC), Purulia
  • Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium
  • Zila Panchayat

Externally Aided Projects

  • Bihar Rural Livelihood Promotion Society
  • West Bengal State Rural Livelihood Mission
  • Chhattishgarh Grameen Aajeevika Samvardhan Samiti (CGSRLM)
  • Jharkhand State Livelihoods Promotion Society - Special SGSY Project
  • Odisha Tribal Empowerment and Livelihood Project
  • Tejaswini (Mahila Arthik Vikas Nigam, Madhya Pradesh)

International Agencies

Development Finance Institutions

  • National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development


  • Scatec Solar India Pvt. Ltd.
  • L&T Finance Limited
  • General Insurance Corporation of India
  • InterGlobe Aviation Limited
  • SRF Limited
  • Basix Academy for Building Lifelong Employability Pvt. Ltd.(B-Able)

Research Institutions/Programme

  • CInI-Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives
  • Ambedkar University

Foreign Donors


  • Axis Bank Foundation
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • L2O - Learn for Life
  • Share and Care Foundation
  • Bank of America
  • Freedom from Hunger
  • Give US
  • Humanist Institute for Cooperation (Hivos)
  • Hindustan Unilever Foundation
  • HT Parekh Foundation
  • IKEA Foundation
  • ICCO & Kerk in Actie
  • Lutheran World Relief
  • Monsanto Fund
  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation
  • Rabobank Foundation
  • RBS Foundation India
  • Syngenta Foundation India
  • The Ford Foundation

Programme/Bilateral/Multilateral Agencies

  • European Union


  • Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
  • CInI-Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives
  • International Center for Research on Women
  • The Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Ambedkar University