PRADAN is making a measurable impact on India.
We have more trained professionals working in villages in the field of rural development than any other organisation except for the government. Our pioneering contribution has been in inducting educated and socially inspired youth, grooming them through a structured programme and placing them directly in villages to facilitate change. Over 80% of the more than 2,000 development professionals we have trained continue to be engaged in eradicating poverty.
Our innovations are adopted by government and civil society organisations at the national, state and local levels. Using our field experience, we have helped create appropriate policies and programmes that bring opportunity for the rural poor. Our work on self-help groups (SHGs), Natural Resource Management and tasar silk are now mainstream programmes.
PRADAN works directly with more than 482,000 families across seven of India’s poorest states today, and we support 70 NGOs. The livelihoods we have directly promoted with women and communities today generate a gross yearly output of $80 million. Our work in sectors such as tasar silk, vegetables, fruit and poultry have helped community organisations become leading players in these business sectors.
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 482,000 women organized into nearly 38,000 SHGs, making it one of the largest civil society efforts in the world.
These SHGs have cumulatively disbursed credit of Rs 2 billion (~US$30m). 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.482,000 WOMEN ORGANIZED INTO 38,000 SHGS
PRADAN has assisted nearly 215,000 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 30,000 farmers are organized into 11 business collectives to better participate in markets. More than 120,000 families grow cash crops, such as tomatoes, cabbages, cauliflowers, broccolis, chillies that are increasingly in demand in a changing urban India.215,000 FAMILIES FOOD-SECURE YEAR ROUND
PRADAN has worked with more than 27,000 families to assure irrigation in 5,054 hectare (ha) and has improved soil-moisture availability in an additional 6,081 ha.
Every year, PRADAN directly supports 27,000 families in adopting these models of water conservation, which increase household incomes by 75-100%.27,000 FAMILIES SUPPORTED EVERY YEAR IN WATER CONSERVATION
Managing Natural Resources
PRADAN supports nearly 35,000 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.34,889 FAMILIES SUPPORTED IN BUILDING RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE CHANGE
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 225,000 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 9,183 women poultry farmers, across 20 cooperatives, reaching a cumulative turnover of Rs. 2.8 billion (~US$ 42m). We have also developed one of the largest organised tasar silk productions in India. Tasar Development Foundation worked with 9,750 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. 161 million (~US$ 2.4 m) during the last year.225,000 MILLION FAMILIES PARTICIPATED IN INCOME GENERATION INTERVETNIONS
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.COMMUNITIES IN 37 DISTRICTS ACCESSING RIGHTS AND ENTITLEMENTS