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 700,000 women organized into 56,500 SHGs, making it one of the largest civil society efforts in the world.

These SHGs have cumulatively disbursed credit of nearly Rs 4 billion (~US$54m). PRADAN supports 91 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 367,000 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 15,000 farmers are organized into 50 Agriculture Production Clusters to better participate in markets. More than 125,000 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 43,500 families to assure irrigation in 9,524 hectare (ha) and has improved soil-moisture availability in an additional 8,115 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 51,000 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 386,000 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 11, 351 women poultry farmers, across 23 cooperatives, reaching a cumulative turnover of Rs. Rs.3.9 billion (~US$ 53 m). We have also developed one of the largest organised tasar silk productions in India. Tasar Development Foundation worked with 20, 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. 430 million (~US$ 6 m) 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


  • Axis Bank Foundation
  • Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives Pvt. Ltd.
  • Centre for microFinance (CmF)
  • Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI)
  • Ernst & Young (E&Y) Foundation
  • Give India
  • HT Parekh Foundation
  • Jamsetji Tata Trust
  • Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust
  • Sir Dorabji Tata Trust
  • Sir Ratan Tata Trust

Departments of Government of India

  • Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF)
  • Central Silk Board, Ministry of Textiles

Departments of State Governments

  • Department of Agriculture and Food Production, Government of Odisha
  • Mitigating Poverty in Western Rajasthan (MPOWER), Government of Rajasthan
  • Panchayati Raj Department, Government of West Bengal
  • Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY), Government of Jharkhand
  • Rajasthan Grameen Ajeevika Vikas Parishad, Government of Rajasthan
  • The Rural Development Department, Government of Jharkhand

District Level Agencies

  • Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC)
  • Watershed Cell cum Data Centre (WCDC), Government of West Bengal
  • Zila Panchayats

Externally Aided Projects

  • Bihar Rural Livelihood Promotion Society (BRLPS)
  • Chhattisgarh Grameen Aajeevika Samvardhan Samiti (CGSRLM)
  • Jharkhand State Livelihoods Promotion Society (JSLPS)
  • Madhya Pradesh Mahila Vitta Evam Vikas Nigam, Bhopal
  • Odisha State Rural Livelihood Mission (OLM)
  • Odisha Tribal Empowerment and Livelihood Project (OTELP)
  • West Bengal State Rural Livelihood Mission (WBSRLM)

Development Finance Institutions

  • National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)

Corporate Donors

  • InterGlobe Aviation Limited (IndiGo)
  • L&T Finance Limited
  • Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
  • NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Ltd.

International Agencies


  • Bank of America
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Give Foundation
  • Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF)
  • IKEA Foundation
  • L2O - Learn for Life
  • Lutheran World Relief (LWR)
  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF)
  • RBS Foundation
  • Share and Care Foundation
  • Syngenta Foundation
  • The Ford Foundation

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