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Exposure visit organised for 52 entrepreneurial farmers under the Udhmita Vikas Program (DS Group). CIRG द्वारा आयोजित Goat Enterpreneur Development Training Program में सरमथुरा क्षेत्र से अनुसूचित जनजाति की 50 बकरी पालक किसानो ने भाग लिया. Successful workshops conducted in Jawar and SRC (Udaipur), to spread awareness about the PoSH Act, 2013. भिकमपुर मड़ावरा में कृषि पाठशाला में किसानों को जीवामृत के बारे में बताया गया. 40 women successfully completed the GYB (Grow Your Business) training under the Second Chance Education Project with a focus on our new individual enterprises. प्रोजेक्ट J.K Tyres के अंतर्गत नूराबाद गांव में 20 महिलाओं द्वारा सहेली संगम समिति का गठन किया गया और महिलाओं द्वारा अध्यक्ष, सचिव, कोषाध्यक्ष का सहमति पूर्ण चुनाव किया गया. Manjari wins the 'Excellence in CSR and sustainability award for women empowerment, at the 10th National CSR Leadership Congress & Awards. Manjari Foundation awarded with 'The CSR Universe Award' for community drinking water project.


An Indo-Mali Partnership

The Indo-Mali project has enabled us to successfully replicate the Dholpur model of institution-building for livelihoods advancement in Logo Kayes, Mali.

In 2016, cross-organizational stakeholders from Camide and Virtue Ventures visited Manjari Foundation in India to study our model of women’s empowerment and rural economic development. Impressed by the on-ground impact they witnessed, Camide invited Manjari Foundation to partner with them to execute Yeredme - a groundbreaking pilot for women's empowerment.

The objective was to see how Manjari's model for social transformation could be applied to solve challenges in the West African context.

During the visit, the Mali team experienced India’s powerful, peer-driven, Self-Help Group (SHG) ecosystem and witnessed how the Manjari team integrated the SHG functionality into its livelihood development agenda, thereby creating its own unique SHG model.

The Camide team shared its willingness to replicate the same model in the Kayes region of Mali. A team from Manjari Foundation, it was decided, would visit Mali to understand the context and explore the opportunity for partnership.

A year later, the Manjari team, comprising technical staff and SHG members, arrived in rural Mali.

Thus, 2017 marked the beginning of a true south-south collaboration, whereby the Indian women’s SHG model was being adapted to the Malian context and implemented through a powerful, experiential, peer-learning, and peer role-modeling methodology.

To our knowledge, this is a unique initiative, and no similar program had ever been executed in West Africa.

1800 women were organized in 160 SHGs, 12 VOs, and one federation. An interactive map of the current groups and villages is available at:

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'Manjari’ literally translates to “seed of Tulsi”, a sacred Indian plant. When women mobilise themselves to form institutions, they are empowered to sow their own ‘seeds of change’.