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 934,700 women organized into 77,152 SHGs, making it one of the largest civil society efforts in the world.

These SHGs have cumulatively disbursed credit of nearly Rs 6.9 billion (~US$90m). PRADAN supports 175 women's Block Level and Cluster Level 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 515,994 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. Nearly 183,000 families grow cash crops, such as tomatoes, cabbages, cauliflowers, broccolis, chillies that not only add to their incomes but also help the participating farmers augment nutritional benefits from.



PRADAN has worked with more than 88,244 families to assure irrigation in 27,141 hectare (ha) and has improved soil-moisture availability in an additional 24,267 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 122,277 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 prediction tools 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 516,000 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 enables isolated and excluded women to build their skills on grassroots governance by mobilizing, motivating and training them. This builds their capacities for accessing entitlements and participating in different institutions like Gram Sabha (village council), block level and district level forums. Community engagement ensures relevant public investments and efficient delivery of public services.

In 33 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


  • 2022

    HCL Grant 2022, Environment category
  • 2021

    Water.org & Sa-Dhan Awards 2021, for excellence in water and sanitation financing in 2021

    7th CSR Impact Award 2021 under Environment category
  • 2018

    Business Standard Social Enterprise Award 2017 for Women Empowerment
  • 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 Magsaysay 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 770,000 poor households in more than 8,000 villages across 7 states.



Institutional Donors for Corpus

  • Sir Ratan Tata Trust
  • Sir Dorabji Tata Trust
  • Jamsetji Tata Trust
  • Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust
  • ICICI Bank Limited
  • IFCI Limited
  • L & T Finance Ltd.
  • IDBI Bank Limited
  • The Ford Foundation
  • HDFC Limited
  • Every Good Thing, LLC
  • Interchurch Organisation for Development Co-operation
  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation
  • RBS Foundation
  • Bharti Ramola Gupta & Family
  • Mr. Deep Joshi

Indian Donors


  • Aditya Birla Sun Life AMC Limited
  • Axis Bank Limited
  • Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives Pvt. Ltd
  • Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Co. Ltd.
  • Dharampal Satyapal Limited
  • DSP Merrill Lynch Ltd.
  • E. I. DuPont India Private Limited (Corteva)
  • HDFC Bank Ltd.
  • Infibeam Avenues Ltd
  • InterGlobe Aviation Limited
  • NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Ltd.
  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited
  • Pioneer Hi-bred Private Limited (Corteva)
  • RBL Bank Ltd.
  • National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd. (NAFED)
  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL)
  • ACC Trust
  • Experian Credit Information Company of India Private Limited
  • FICCI Socio Economic Development Foundation (FICCI-SEDF)
  • Scatec Solar India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Society for Promotion of Road Safety and Safe Driving (PROSE)
  • Vertiver Private Limited

Development Finance Institutions

  • National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development

District Level Agencies

  • District Rural Development Agency, Kalahandi
  • ITDA, Chaibasa
  • Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojna
  • Zila Panchayat

Departments of Government of India

  • Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF)
  • Central Silk Board, Ministry of Textiles
  • Centre for Development of Advance Computing (C-DAC)
  • MP Rajya Ajeevika Forum (MKSP, GoI)
  • Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium

International Agencies

  • UN Women - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women


  • Centre for microFinance (CmF)
  • GiveIndia
  • HT Parekh Foundation
  • ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth
  • Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust
  • Retail Donations
  • Rohini Nilekani
  • Schneider Electric India Foundation
  • Sir Dorabji Tata Trust
  • Axis Bank Foundation
  • Aditya Birla Capital Foundation
  • Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF)

Corporate Donors

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

Research/ Academic Institutions

  • Child In Need Institute
  • ICAR - Indian Instituteof Millets Research
  • International Food Policy Research Institute

Departments of State Governments

  • Agriculture Technology Management Agency, GoO
  • Bihar Rural Livelihood Promotion Society
  • Chhattisgarh Grameen Aajeevika Samvardhan Samiti (CGSRLM)
  • Department of Deputy Commissioner, GoJ
  • Jharkhand State Livelihoods Promotion Society
  • Odisha State Rural Livelihood Mission - Enhancing the capability of women in Integrating farming system
  • Odisha Tribal Empowerment and Livelihood Project - Koraput
  • Panchayati Raj Department, GoWB
  • The Agriculture Promotion and Investment Corporation of Odisha Limited (APICOL)
  • West Bengal State Rural Livelihood Mission

International Agencies

Government of India

  • Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF)


  • Bank of America
  • Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF)
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Cadasta Foundation
  • Foundation for Ecological Security
  • Heifer Project International
  • Hindustan Unilever Foundation
  • IKEA Foundation
  • Imago Global Grassroots
  • Livelihood Carbon Fund (LCF2)
  • Lutheran World Relief
  • Monsanto Fund
  • Omidyar Network India
  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation
  • Rabobank Foundation
  • RBS Foundation India
  • Retail Donations
  • SELCO Foundation
  • Share & Care Foundation
  • Syngenta Foundation India
  • The Ford Foundation
  • Walmart Foundation - Welthungerhilfe
  • WASSAN- Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture
  • Water.org
  • welt hunger hilfe
  • World Wide Fund for Nature India

Programme/Bilateral/Multilateral Agencies

  • European Union

Research/ Academic Institutions

  • Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
  • Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge
  • CInI-Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives
  • Institute for Financial Management and Research
  • The Regents of the University of California, San Diego
  • The University of East Anglia

Individual Donors

  • Vijay Mahajan