Our Story

Our Values

Focused on a clear vision to alleviate poverty through job creation and integrated community development.


Embarked upon a dedicated mission to work for the economic and social empowerment of women, and thus of society, by creating enterprises and jobs. To follow this with an integrated development programme that creates sustainable communities.

To Create

5 million jobs by 2020

Story Begins

Skilled little fingers spinning the loom…weaving the fabled silk sarees of Kancheepuram. Once, amidst the infinite colours of silk yarns were stories of lost childhood. And with this picture began our story - helping children yarn their stories and gradually rewriting the narratives of many rural families and villages altogether.  

Children traditionally constituted a cheap source of labour for the weaving industry in Kancheepuram and parents who did not have permanent jobs would send their children to master weavers. Bringing such children out of labour was our initial focus. In 1998, we started out our operations in a small way among the child labourers in the district of Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, through the efforts of two Swedish teachers and three locals.

Our Non-Negotiables

  • Child labour in any form is not acceptable

  • Every child out of school is a child engaged in labour

  • Active participation of women is essential for equitable socio-economic development

  • Knowledge & action shall bring true sovereignty for our citizens

  • Access to minimum health care is a basic right of every individual

  • Preventive care should be promoted through advocacy and awareness

Five Pillars

Registering as a Charitable Trust in 2002, we initiated our first intervention, the Child Labour Elimination Programme which focused on enrolling child labourers in schools. Over a period of time, we broadened our interventions to address the multidimensional factors of poverty. Today, with more than a decade of work in the development sector, our integrated community development programme has Five Pillars devoted to poverty alleviation — Self-Help Groups and Microfinance, Child Labour Elimination Programme, Skills Development and Technology Centre, Health, and Environment.

From working in just one district in 2004, today we work in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Puducherry. Our model has been replicated in Afghanistan, South Africa, Kenya, Brazil, Cambodia and Myanmar.


Hand in Hand India and Socio Economic and Education Development Trust (SEED) are two trusts that share the same vision and mission. From an operational point of view, it is one organisation that focuses on implementing an Integrated Community Development Project for poverty reduction.

The Self-Help Group & Microfinance, Child Labour Elimination Programme, Village Uplift Programme and Natural Resources Management interventions come under Hand in Hand India Trust.

The Solid Waste Management, Skills Development and Technology Centre, and Health interventions come under SEED Trust.

Both SEED Trust and Hand in Hand India have permanent registration numbers under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), allowing us to receive funds from outside of India. Contributions are exempt from tax under Section 80 (G) of the Income Tax Act.

Training Academy

Hand in Hand Training Academy

Percy Barnevik- Hand in Hand
Academy of Social Entrepreneurship


In a highly globalized world where the rich are becoming richer and the poor are becoming poorer, a collective effort — by Governments, Development organisations, NGOs, Corporates and community members  — is imperative to address the multidimensional factors of poverty.

Taking our efforts on the fight against poverty a notch above, we will be launching the Percy Barnevik –Hand in Hand Academy of Social Entrepreneurship. 

Our aim is to become a world class resource centre for promoting social entrepreneurship and development for grooming human capacity for replicating our model of job creation across the globe. 

The Academy will train our partners including Bankers, Government officials, development professionals and other stakeholders in the development sector. The training programmes offered will help create a pool of women social entrepreneurs; provide opportunities to students and interns to do pilots to innovate new models leading to paradigm shift, and to facilitate dissemination of best practices and advocacy for policy changes.

As a precursor to launch the Academy, Hand in Hand India will be hosting a Global Social Entreprenuership Programme under the stewardship of Prof Kash (Kasturi) Rangan of Harvard Business School.

To find out more details and register, click here!