Our Programmes

Our programmes focus on empowering very poor people to start their own small, income-generating enterprise.

We are currently operating in West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Gujarat and Rajasthan. In 2022, we also launched our poultry farming programme in Madagascar.

Poultry Development Services

Poultry Development Services is aimed predominantly at very poor women and provides the tools and training to start a backyard poultry enterprise, with a view to becoming independent of us after three years:

  • Programme launched in 2011
  • Our implementation partner NGOs are: Nirdhan Microfinance & Development (West Bengal); DSS and Nirman (Odisha); SATHEE (Jharkhand)
  • We are also acting as knowledge partners to Feedback Madagascar who launched Poultry Development Services in Madagascar in 2022

Number of beneficiaries

Agri-management Services

Agri-management Services makes farming profitable and sustainable for marginalised, smallholders and teaches responsible, eco-friendly farming

  • Programme launched in 2011
  • Our implementation partner NGOs are: Nirdhan Microfinance & Development (West Bengal); VIEWS (Odisha) and DSS (Odisha)

Number of beneficiaries

Fish Farming

Providing the tools and training to turn backyard ponds into a sustainable source of fish, providing food security and a viable income from fish farming

  • Pilot Programme launched in 2023
  • Our implementation partner NGO is Nirdhan Microfinance & Development (West Bengal)

Number of beneficiaries

The Beautypreneur Programme

The Beautypreneur Programme provides technical training and business skills to women living in urban poverty so they can develop their own entrepreneurial enterprise in the Beauty & Wellness sector

  • Programme launched in 2020
  • Our implementation partner NGO in Gujarat and Rajasthan is SAATH

Number of beneficiaries

The Chef Training Programme

The Cooks Training Programme provides skills training in preparing nutritious dishes and snacks from around the world, plus enhanced training in entrepreneurial skills. The programme empowers women living in urban poverty to develop a small enterprise in the food delivery sector or increase their income as skilled home managers

  • Programme launched in 2020
  • Our implementation partner NGO in Gujarat is SAATH

Number of beneficiaries

Goat Farming Programme

Our Goat Farming Programme provided the tools and training for women to earn money from backyard goat farming and become independent of us after two years

  • This programme ran from 2016 to 2021
  • Our implementation partner NGO in West Bengal was Nirdhan Microfinance & Development

Number of beneficiaries


Poultry Farmer


Shanti lives in the Nayagarh District in Odisha with her husband and…

Poultry Farmer


Rachana was one of the first women to enrol on Poultry Development…

Poultry Farmer


Akina is 50 and is married with seven daughters. She and her…

Paddy Farmer


Nishikanta is 45 and he registered for AMS in June 2014. He…

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  • Agri-management Services has the capacity to deliver lasting change for our farmers. I have always felt that the farmers feed our nation while they can hardly afford to feed themselves. What an irony. So if my team and I are able to help farmers earn a sustainable income through agriculture, there’s nothing better than this.

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    Lead Consultant for Shivia
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