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Our Impact

Community development is an approach to bring ownership among community of any development initiatives so that community themselves can respond to their needs. Community development is a holistic approach of Drishtee to enhance local livelihood opportunities and access to basic services, with in community . The initiative focuses on building self-reliant sustainable, interdependent community organisation and enable community organisations to design and develop community led economic and social solutions for the betterment of their villages.


  • Building community rather than encouraging individualistic approach of development.
  • Building locally relevant business ecosystem rather than establishing enterprises
  • Strengthening Self Governance to take charge of development and growth of their village


Thematic Area

Funding Partner

Location & Duration

Direct beneficiaries and Impact



and livelihood

Greater Impact Foundation 

2018 onwards

Varanasi, Bhagalpur, Mmadhubani, Korba and Kamrup

Project Brief: To enable a minimum of 60,000 families to lift themselves out of poverty in 03 years of time.

A family earn at least $ 35 per month with one primary beneficiary and $ 70 per month with two primary beneficiary from one family 10% of families will have double the income which is around $150 – $ 200 . Marginal women and farmers will be the primary target





2018 – ongoing

181 women trained and linked with lielihood options

Project Brief: The project support to create 3 DLC hub created to support livelihood activity in the area
300 women and youth along with other marginalised community members will be mobilised and trained in specific skill set to connect with various livelihood option.

Drishtee Rural Apparel Production (DRAP)


Greater Impact Foundation


Year: 2012-present

120 women

An average income of Rs 2000- 4000 has been increased.

Project Brief: Drishtee Rural Apparel Production (DRAP) is a self-sustainable producer company and a global brand name for authentic handmade fabrics and apparels catering to mass market. DRAP is owned by rural women producers and supported by textile professionals. DRAP was initiated in 2012, to link skilled women workforce of Bhagalpur and Munger (Bihar) to mainstream market with the aim to enhance livelihood at local level. women are establishing their identity in the community and seeking new horizons of self-reliance while marking a positive impact on our society.
MadhuKrishi, is a platform that connects marginal women farmers from Naujheel Block, UP with urban women consumers through fresh & healthy vegetables delivered directly from the villages to either the home or office of the consumer. The aim is to provide access to stable markets through constant demand, higher value for their produce and the convenience of collecting their vegetables from a designated point in their village to marginal women farmers and fresh & healthy vegetables delivery to customer at their doorstep as per their convenience. This is a win-win business ecosystem which empowers both rural women through livelihood and urban women through access to healthy vegetables for their family.




Uttar Pradesh 

Year: 2014-16

30 farmer families  and 260 urban families

An average increase of Rs 1000- 1500 in earnings of farmers.

Project Brief: MadhuKrishi, is a platform that connects marginal women farmers from Naujheel Block, UP with urban women consumers through fresh & healthy vegetables delivered directly from the villages to either the home or office of the consumer. The aim is to provide access to stable markets through constant demand, higher value for their produce and the convenience of collecting their vegetables from a designated point in their village to marginal women farmers and fresh & healthy vegetables delivery to customer at their doorstep as per their convenience. This is a win-win business ecosystem which empowers both rural women through livelihood and urban women through access to healthy vegetables for their family. 

Disha – An Innovative Learning Program 


Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

Uttar Pradesh

650 students  

Habit of exploring thing has been evolved apart from their academics.

Project Brief: Disha is an endeavor to transform education by imparting indigenous knowledge & helping children become independent learners with appreciation & incorporation of local knowledge system. This is to enable the young students with a deep connect to local trades and entrepreneurship and empower them for being self-reliant with respect as well as hands-on knowledge of local skills, trades and resources. There are many local opportunities and new innovation ideas that are possible if the new generation is well educated with a good capacity of Language proficiency, Mathematical skills, as well as Hand-skills. The program was implemented with 650 students of Naujheel block in 2 private schools.

Skilling Rural Youth 



Year 2014

1500 Youths

Project Brief: Drishtee was involved with Rajasthan Skill and Livelihood Development
Corporation to build capacity of 1500 rural youth from Alwar, Dausa and Dhaulpur

Momo Rangoli – Women Retail Shops 


Ricoh Company Limited

Year: 2011-present

82 women shops and 4000 customers base.

An average increase of Rs 750 – 1000 has been noticed

Project Brief: Momo Rangoli is a women entrepreneurship initiative to cater to the needs of rural women by retail women product store run by a women entrepreneur in rural area. This initiative is  in 3 district of 3 states as Sonipat (Haryana), Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) and Madhubani (Bihar ). The Women Shop is not only a shop but a space for women – where they find health, beauty and household products and services, with facility of training and opportunities for other women. Rangoli provides a strong livelihood opportunity for the women shopkeeper.  The overall aim is to build Rangoli as a model to empower and inspire other women to seek opportunities for their development and an improved standard of living. 



Bharat Aluminium Company

Year: 2016-September 2021

More than 1000 women 

An average increase in family income is Rs 1000 to Rs 3000 was noticed.

Project Brief: Enabling & Supporting Women SHGs to develop sustainable rural livelihoods through micro-enterprises. The core objectives of the project is
• To co-create the roadmap for 100 SHG (are in different stages of growth) towards sustainability
• To mobilize the existing SHGs and handhold them to grow
• Capacity Building and Organizational Strengthening for creating sustainable livelihoods
• Engaging SHGs to set up and develop viable micro enterprises.
Marketing skill has developed within SHGs, sense of Ownership and accountability within the groups, Risk taking ability, self sufficiency among the groups, Financial literacy in SHG, Motivation within SHGs.




Bihar,UP & Assam
Year: 2016

456 households 

Research came out with the analysis that women in rural areas are still unaware about  their own health

Project Brief: Research Project on mensutral health villages of two districts  To address the issues of 4As: Access, Availability, Affordability and Awareness.

UP -Swavlamban



Uttar Pradesh
Year: 2016

18 Villages

Study came across that farmers are getting affected by focusing on only one crop  as their prime crop through its has good market as well. Farmer those have planning of full crop cycle is getting long term  benefit

Project Brief: Research, design and development of a project for sustainable development of rural communities in the  regions of Uttar Pradesh. The research fouces on socio- economic analysis of marginal and small former. 

Assam Swavlamban

Livelihood (Agriculture)

ITC Limited

Year: 2016-17

220 farmers has adopted integrated farm plan and better farm practices 

Project Brief: Enhancing farmers income through service based model. Integrated farm plan for small and marginal farmers. Holistic & Sustainable Development of the community through – Capacity building of farmers – Farm based productivity enhancement   – Awareness and support for non-farm based income sources, Micro-enterprise ecosystem strengthening , Community building and strengthening. The concept of Farmer Field Schools (FFS) brought them under one umbrella of shared vision where the progressive farmers were asked to be a part of with a piece of land (~ 1 acre) for demonstration and thereby helping those farmers who were struggling or who were not so efficient enough and lacking resources. 

Munger Swavlamban


ITC Limited

Year: 2016-17

50 women are associated with livelihood 

Project Brief: The project aims to develop a sustainable livelihood model for the women who were earlier associated with ITC’s agarbatti making unit. The project presently has a capacity to train as well as deploy 50 women across various levels of skills tailoring. The proposed project conceptualizes the training and eventual mainstreaming of 50 in tailoring. Eventually, it is envisaged that this
would be integrated with diverse skill trades (Namely fabric tailoring, knit tailoring and machine embroidery) in the second phase of the project. These broaden the horizon of tailoring and add more value to the entire value chain of production of various kinds of clothes.

Samarth Swavlamban

Livelihoods – capacity building

Godrej Agrovet  Limited

Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi

65 Villages

Project Brief: The project focused on understanding and developing the integration of Animal Husbandry as supportive livelihood with support linkage of Channelizing Input and Output resources and Capacity support for better productivity.

Sanjhi Tokri


Ricoh Company

Year: 2016

10 rural family with 120 urban family 

Project Brief: Research and Development of Food basket as a  BOP business idea. It was a pilot project to increase farmer’s share in the value chain from existing 20% to at least 60%.Increase livelihood opportunities in the rural areas by compressing the value chain towards rural areas.
Establish direct connect between urban customers and rural communities for better perspective sharing in order to improve quality of life at both the ends.

Samaahit Immersion

Community Engagement


Naujhil , Nasik , Assam 

More than 30 individuals across world 

Project Brief: Samaahit immersion is a tool and experiential program for corporate to engage, immerse, understand, absorb, analyze, co-create, test and enable implementation of solutions for growth. A new way of creating sustainable solutions and enabling innovations with the local community. Drishtee teams in collaboration with village community organizations continue developing innovations towards implementation in existing programs or as entirely new concepts.

TRIFED – Traditional weaver Up skilling 

Apparel skilling


Year – 2016

35  traditional weavers 

Project Brief: Drishtee partnered with TRIFED to upskill the existing network of Handloom workers and also support them with the professional designer to produce the fabrics as per current market need.  


Eco – friendly housing

Global – giving 


One  model house 

Project Brief: The Gharaunda project aims for an easy scalable model by
being attractive for the rural villagers (for its very low cost,
fast/methodic construction process, suitability and the broader standard of the “minimum living requirements”) and for the nancing entities (low & controlled budgets, tested housing model).

Shruti shakti



Uttar Pradesh
Year: 2015- present

756 community member get benefited 

Project Brief: Shruti Shakti Hearing aids research project is a pilot project with our partner “RION” to test the viability of the Hub and spoke model for “Audiometric clinic and Hearing aid centre” at the Block (Hub) and mobilizers at the village (Spoke).  Our mission is to empower the community to hear through sensitizing the public about hearing loss and promoting the importance of prevention as well as provide the platform for treatment.

Swavlamban (Block Model)

Agriculture and skilling


Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar

215 farmers 

Productivity improvement recorded with 31% in Wheat and 14% in soyabean. Farmers adopted new technology for farming like – Seed treatment, Sowing patterns and new variety of seeds

Project Brief: Block model is Drishtee’s holistic village development model with integration of 4Cs- Community, Capacity, Capital and Channel. Block model as namely said – address’s the area of  operations of one ideal block size covering 42 GPs, 126 Villages and 500 Households in each GP. The aim of this project was doubling the income of the farmers in three years and by changing  the cultural farming techniques only if they are ineffective and by including modern scientific techniques in their practice. Over all, the Swavlamban i.e. Self reliance for sustainability and share prosperity of the community is the long term vision of the program.

Rebuilding Lives Empowerment
“Samaj Shilpi”

Information communication and technology

Give 2 Asia

Year: 2014-present

6000 Families

Project Brief: Lack of awareness on the various centrally or state sponsored schemes especially for people living in rural areas where there are no means to access information, most funds remains unutilized and goes back to Central and State governments. Project “Rebuilding Lives Empowerment “aim to provide access to information with an affordable price.  Project focused on rehabilitation and resettlement of people from flood affected areas from Uttarakhand.  

Cattle Training


Godrej Agrovet Limited, NSDC

Uttar Pradesh
Year: 2014-present

15000 milk producers form 450 villages  with Increase in milk yield by 10% of current productivity

Project Brief: Building capacity to rural women milk producer in cattle husbandry best practices to enable them to increase their milk yield which will lead enhanced income.  Also to establish pashu seva Kendra to enhances access to cattle products and services.  

Model Village


Halloran Philanthropies

Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Assam
Year: 2010-11

10 micro enterprises was setup 

Project Brief: Model Village is a sustainable rural community that is able to generate and maintain the resources necessary to improve its level of well-being and happiness without depleting economic, social and environmental values. The focus of the Model village project in rural India is to build capacity of rural youths and empower entrepreneurs to help develop sustainable micro enterprises that offer livelihood opportunities to villagers, which can help stimulate the rural economy as well as reduce migration to urban centers. 


Human Trafficking


Year: 2011-12

1492 women & girls, 385 men & boys 

Project Brief: Project aimed at improving access to information so that vulnerable women and girls are empowered to make informed decisions about their futures, using a central website and information hub giving access to:
1.Local opportunities- for personal development and sustainable livelihoods. 2.Migration opportunities- information on jobs for those wishing to migrate to the cities. 3.Risks and Dangers- the website offers advice on risks pertaining to migration, employment rights, a section for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ`s) and survivors stories, presented through video diaries and blogs.

Bright Smiles Bright Futures Rural Penetration Program

Health Awareness

Colgate-Palmolive India

Assam, Uttar Pradesh , Bihar
Year: 2013

42,03,151   students
from   primary (government/private) schools

Project Brief: Colgate Bright Smiles Bright Futures (BSBF) program is an oral health awareness generation program which was conducted in schools of rural areas for the primary class students. Target group for the program were the government/private schools which can be either primary, primary with secondary or primary with higher secondary category. Target audiences for the program were student between classes 1 – 5 exclusively. 

SMART  Village Project



Uttar Pradesh

5 villages in Lucknow

Project Brief: Drishtee was awarded a Centennial Grant as a part of IBM`s Centennial year program named “Celebration of service”. The Project Smart Rural Aggregation Platform (SRAP) was designed, developed and piloted as a part of this association with IBM. The project goal was to usher rural transformation and support economic development and social upliftment of population at the bottom of the pyramid through community engagement, capacity building and access to services on developed platform. 

Micro Credit services

Financial Inclusion

Acumen Fund, Maanaveya Holdings Pvt. Ltd

Uttar Pradesh & Assam
Year: 2010-13

11k loans worth Rs. 12.8Cr in rural parts of Uttar Pradesh (5 districts) and Assam (5 districts)

Project Brief: Drishtee Foundation started its Micro-Credit services in rural India in April 2007- with an aim to provide credit access to the rural poor and help strengthen the existing rural entrepreneurs. Drishtee Foundation`s Micro-Credit model (for individual lending without collateral) is centered around Drishtee`s Rural Kiosks and local entrepreneurs- identifying promising entrepreneurs in rural areas and providing them small loans (Rs 5,000- 20,000) to expand their small business for livelihood by evaluating their credit worthiness and business ideas.

Sakhi Swavlamban 

Skill and livelihood

PNB Metlife

Uttar Pradesh 

Year 2017  and ongoing

10 Villages of Kashi vidhya pith block Varanasi District 

197 beneficiary linked with livelihood , 305 beneficiary get traines on various skill sets.
3 product value chain through Sakhi Farmer “Veggie” Basket (Agriculture), Sakhi Stitched apparel (Textile & Clothing) and Sakhi Home Furnishing (Home & Housing) in 24 villages

Project Brief: Sakhi- Swavlamban focuses on creating community led and managed business ecosystem and self – reliant, sustainable economic and social solutions for marginalized rural women  as a response to their need and mechanism to combat their challenge.
The specific objectives of the program was to create a community led and managed 360 degree financial inclusion eco system with the help of various stakeholders and agencies, enhance access of financial services like bank account, insurance and credit to rural women, Create women entrepreneur (especially vulnerable women like widow, divorcee and abandon women) for effective utilization of financial services to the most needy and develop network of financially included women and women entrepreneur to bring more women to be part of this initiative by creating a chain effect in the community.
*  Formation of 15 – 20 community organisation

*  15-20 financial service providers (marginalize rural women) will , create more  than 100 villages where each and every women will be accessing financial services(individual bank accounts, insurance, transactions and credit facility )

*  Skilling or capacity building of 1000 women from these villages on need based skill sets to establish and mange enterprise

More than 100 women entrepreneur and service provider will be created. Out of 100, 30 to 40% would be widows and rest would be marginal women. These women will have an enhance earning of approx Rs 3000 to 6000 monthly.

Internet Sathi
“A Digital Literacy Campaign to Empower Rural Women in 5 districts of Chhattishgarh ”

Digital Literacy and women empowerment

TATA Trust

Chhatishgarh (2018)

3937 villages of 5 district Raigarh, Raipur, Korba, Bilaspur and Janjgir – Champa of Chhattishgarh .

Project Brief: The initiative aim to bridge gender digital divide in rural India by creating and empowering rural women as an agent of change to enhance digital literacy among rural women and community to improve their economic and social well being. The initiative has following specific objectives:

* To create rural women as an agents of change to enhance digital literacy among rural women and community
* To empower rural women and rural community to understand benefits of digital literacy to improve their quality of life by creating awareness
* To bridge gender digital divide in India
* To support Digital India Mission of the country

Behtar India Campaign

Dengue Awareness


Guwahati (2017)

3,333 Underprivileged Children of Government schools


Project Brief: Behtar India Campaign. It is a nationwide campaign which focuses on three main pillars of the initiative – Health, Hygiene and Environment.
The main aim of this phase is to fight the scourge of mosquito borne disease- Dengue. It will look at creating awareness about the cause, prevention and mechanisms to fight such diseases. Under this phase we aim to reach out to government school children through our NGO partners and undertake the following:

1- Provide dengue Insurance cover of Rs. 20,000/- per child
2- Spread awareness in school
3- Provide repellents/fumigation

Integrated Farm Plan for small and marginal farmers  


ITC , Assam 


Darang District , Assam

Project Brief: Develop Intereated farm plan of small,and marginal farmers to double their income 

Developing and strengthening the program of rural entrepreneurs of women shop and manage the research and testing of various technology and process for development of rural to urban market connect for cashless village and MIRI Hub. 

Women Shop and cashless village



Market app has been developed for validation  

Project Brief: The project focuses local Product are tested and included in supply chain, Cashless village concept has been test and developed for implementation
100 New women shops and 60 earlier shops will be developed. Women shop POS will be further developed and tested
Cashless village and MIRI hud will be developed for growth and sustainability of rural enterprises and rural urban connect for global sustainability .

“Swavlamban+ – Livelihood Plus Model”


CNH Industrial(India) Private Limited

Rowmari, Kismat Banchar and Rakhyanaswar villages of Kamrup District, Assam

Year 2018

10 Farmers club of 150 small and marginal farmers.

20 units of low cost Cold Storages build through community participation.

Project Brief: The project aim is to restructure and strengthen agriculture in a sustainable manner with an aim to enhance income, livelihood opportunity and food security in villages with 3 Major focus :

* Raising agricultural productivity per unit of land;
* Enhancing livelihood through a socially inclusive strategy that comprises both agriculture as well as non-farm employment; and
* Facilitating agricultural diversification to higher-value commodities in the form of product value chain.

Dindori Swavlamban

Waste management

Moet- Hennessy

Nalwadi, Pimpalgaon Khurd, Waghad , Pimpalgaon Dhum , Village of Dindori Block Nashik

906 beneficiary and waste recycling plant to build by tri party agreement

Project Brief: The project aim to develop community led and managed waste management system and awareness drive to bring community action. And organise preventive healthcare camps with common resource development through construction and beautification in the local area.

Don’t Drink and Drive

Awareness on Drink and drive practice

Moet- Chandon

Year 2018

1000 People has been reach through various Awareness activity

Project Brief: -Develop awareness within the Delhi-NCR region about the risks and hazards of Driving in Drunk condition, through a very engaging “Don’t drink & Drive” Campaign (DD&D Campaign).

– Enhance the sense of association with the family, friends, citizens and the city so that there is enhancement in responsible behavior and care for others.
-Improving communication and understanding of citizens for the possible actions they can take when they are in direct or indirect line of action in the situations highly vulnerable for DND (Drink and Drive).