Transforming the lives of villagers by combining the resources of the community, the government and the local leadership, PRADAN uses collaboration and convergence as the basic approach in creating a significant impact on the livelihoods of the community.
D hamtari district has a population of 8 lakh people, of which 81 per cent live in rural areas. The district has a literacy rate of 78.95 per cent and ranks second in the state. However, the literacy rate amongst women is much lower, at 63 per cent.
People in this district belong to the Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups, (PVTGs) (Kamar) and landless household (Nishad, Kumhar, Yadav) communities, all of which are very vulnerable groups. The Gonds are one of the major tribes of the district whereas the Kamars, a PVTGs, constitute nearly 1 per cent of the total population and live in the Magarlod and Nagari blocks. Women form a disadvantaged group and as per the 2002 Census, 35 per cent of the rural households in the district fall in the below poverty line (BPL) category.