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 848,000 women organized into 70,614 SHGs, making it one of the largest civil society efforts in the world.

These SHGs have cumulatively disbursed credit of nearly Rs 4.5 billion (~US$60m). PRADAN supports 98 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 411,908 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 150,000 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 45,700 families to assure irrigation in 10,174 hectare (ha) and has improved soil-moisture availability in an additional 8,462 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 54,000 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 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 412,000 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 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


  • 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

  • HDFC Limited
  • ICICI Bank Limited
  • IDBI Bank Limited
  • IFCI Limited
  • Interchurch Organisation for Development Co-operation
  • Jamsetji Tata Trust
  • L & T Finance Ltd
  • Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust
  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation
  • RBS Foundation
  • Sir Dorabji Tata Trust
  • Sir Ratan Tata Trust
  • The Ford Foundation

Indian Donors


  • Aditya Birla Sun Life AMC Limited
  • Axis Bank Foundation
  • Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives Pvt. Ltd
  • Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Co. Ltd.
  • DSP Merrill Lynch
  • 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
  • Scatec Solar India Pvt. Ltd.

Development Finance Institutions

  • National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development

District Level Agencies

  • District Rural Development Agency
  • ITDA, Chaibasa
  • Odisha Tribal Empowerment and Livelihood Project
  • Tejaswini (Mahila Arthik Vikas Nigam, Madhya Pradesh)
  • Watershed Cell cum Data Centre (WCDC), Purulia
  • Zila Panchayat

Departments of Government of India

  • Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF)
  • Central Silk Board, Ministry of Textiles
  • Centre for microFinance (CmF)

International Agencies

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


  • Asian Venture Philanthropy Network India Foundation
  • Child In Need Institute
  • GiveIndia
  • HT Parekh Foundation
  • ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth
  • Jamsetji Tata Trust
  • Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust
  • Others
  • Polaris Foundation
  • Retail Donations
  • Rohini Nilekani
  • Schneider Electric India Foundation
  • Sir Dorabji Tata Trust

Corporate Donors

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

Research/ Academic Institutions

  • Ambedkar University
  • International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Vertiver Private Limited

Departments of State Governments

  • Agriculture Technology Management Agency, GoO
  • Bihar Rural Livelihood Promotion Society
  • Chhattishgarh Grameen Aajeevika Samvardhan Samiti (CGSRLM)
  • Jharkhand State Livelihoods Promotion Society
  • MP Rajya Ajeevika Forum (MKSP, GoI)
  • Odisha PVTG Empowerment and Livelihood Improvement Programme (OPELIP)
  • Odisha State Rural Livelihood Mission
  • Panchayati Raj Department, GoWB
  • Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojna
  • Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium
  • The Rural Development Department, GoJ
  • West Bengal State Rural Livelihood Mission

International Agencies

Government of India

  • Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF)


  • Bank of America
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Cadasta Foundation
  • Foundation for Ecological Security
  • Give US
  • Heifer Project International
  • Hindustan Unilever Foundation
  • IKEA Foundation
  • Imago Global Grassroots
  • Lutheran World Relief
  • Monsanto Fund
  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation
  • Rabobank Foundation
  • Foundation India
  • Retail Donations
  • SELCO Foundation
  • Share & Care Foundation
  • Syngenta Foundation India
  • The Ford Foundation
  • Water.org

Programme/Bilateral/Multilateral Agencies

  • European Union

Research/ Academic Institutions

  • Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
  • Institute for Financial Management and Research
  • The Regents of the University of California, San Diego
  • The University of East Anglia
  • WASSAN- Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture

Individual Donors

  • Vijay Mahajan