We use a holistic development approach. We have five pillars that work together in five areas that we believe are vital to the poor. Together, they strengthen the community and help them come out of poverty. These five pillars are:
We motivate and mobilise women from poor and disadvantaged communities to form self-help groups that make them confident to apply for micro loans and set up small businesses.We support these enterprises with market linkages, capacity building etc. We have so far created or strengthened over 613,216 enterprises.
Environmental degradation affects the poor most, and they are the most powerless to fight it.We run Solid Waste Management and Natural Resource Management projects.We plant trees, clean ponds and tanks, create check dams, build biogas plants, hold awareness camps etc.Our solid waste management programme has so far reached over 2,00,000 households.
Ever since the start, Hand in Hand has been committed to eradicating child labour. When we started our work in Kancheepuram, bonded, or enslaved, children were a harsh and widespread reality. Kancheepuram is well known for its silk saris, and many of the children were engaged in the weaving industry.
Although India is in the forefront of medical science with excellent doctors and hospitals, they do not always reach out to people living in the poorest and most remote villages. Hand in Hand's health initiative aims at ensuring that the poorest and most marginalised groups of society have access to healthcare and are aware of their health rights.
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We believe that the future of rural India lies in access to information and information technology. Our 1,500 Citizens’ Centre Enterprises are not just a source of revenue for rural entrepreneurs, but are also the hub from where citizens can access information about government and civic society.