Impact Stories

May 3, 2021

The Inner Strength
by Pandit Arjun Jadhav, Paraswada

The local quack pulled up Fulchand’s right eye-lid and stared at it for a few seconds. There wasn’t any sign of life. The quack swung his head in negation and silently left the hut. Siyabati’s vision got blurred. That a day would come in her life when the hands she depended upon blindly will no longer be there for her, was something that Siyabati had never imagined.
June 21, 2020

Single, But Not Alone
by Vijay Kumar

“Khana kahan se ayega Maa? Kya raat ka khana chhod de? Paisa bachega” (How are we going to get our food now? Should we skip dinners […]
June 20, 2020

Liberty
by Mohini Saha

“Baanj, Baanj” (Barren, Barren) was the torrent of abuse every day. It had been 8 years of her marriage. A married woman with no child is […]
June 19, 2020

Anima, Archana and Asima: Aspirations of loose characters
by Souparno Chatterjee, Delhi

For the women of Brahmondiha village, Self Help Groups (SHGs) are much more than a mere instrument of saving and credit. They are a vehicle to […]
June 18, 2020

The Sweet Taste of Bitter Gourd

Madarkonta village of Bastar is at the heart of the “Red Corridor” in India. This is the village of the culturally rich and colorful Bison Horn […]
June 16, 2020

Cocooning A Dream; Can She Unleash It?

As Shivkali washed the dishes and did the laundry in the house of the Bada Sahib of the village, this Gond tribal woman secretly cocooned a […]

OUR VISION is a just and equitable society where everyone lives and work with dignity.



OUR MISSION is to enable the most marginalized people, especially rural women, to earn a decent living and take charge of their own lives.



WE BELIEVE that all people, no matter how poor, are capable of driving the change they need.

Leadership

We structure ourselves as concentric circles made of interdependent teams rather than traditional hierarchy of power.

Strategy

We mobilise women into collectives to help each other earn a decent living and build better communities.

People

We bring young educated professionals to work alongside people in the poorest villages, and they are chosen for their empathy as well as their technical expertise.

Partnerships

We collaborate with other organizations who want to enhance the quality of life in the communities of rural India.

Results

We prove to the development sector that empowering women with self-help groups can drive lasting change.

Our Approach

The Vision of a ‘just and equitable society’ can be achieved only if women get equal opportunities like their men counterparts in every walk of life. PRADAN is committed to help its communities and staff members achieve this equality. The sense of empowerment that women need, and the space the men need to allow women, to facilitate them occupy equal status in decision making and access to property or income, can only be inculcated through well designed and clear-intentioned approaches at all levels of an organisation’s operation. And this sense of gender equality that PRADAN promotes among the community members is simultaneously practiced inside the organisation as well.

Pradan Social

Our Partners