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Livelihood shift from marine fishing to agriculture

“The disaster in the year 2004 brought sorrows and opportunities for development in my life” says Mr. V. Ramachandran, aged 38, living along with his wife Ms. R.Kala and two childrens in Gounder Street of Naluvedapathy village (South) in Thalainairu block of Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu. Both of his children are under going school education. […]

Humane Trust, Madurai gives flood relief fund


It started raining during June 2009, so farmers sowed various crops but rain was not sufficient for agriculture and the people suffered a lot, government declared as drought affected area. People were facing drinking water problem and fodder shortage for animals. There were no employment opportunities to those men and women who relied on […]

Success of a success story

“Do not stand on a high pedestal and take five cents in your hand and say, ‘Here, my poor man,’ but be grateful that the poor man is there, so that by making a gift to him you are able to help yourself.”

– Swami Vivekananda1

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Certificate course on fund raising and communication

South Asian Fund Raising Group (SAFRG) is an NGO with the mission to provide state of the art resource mobilization capacity building for fundraisers and community organizations. They are building fundraising capacity in South Asia since 1989 through their training programmes. One of such training was Certificate course on fund raising and communication. The venue […]

Kutladampatti waterfalls- Ideal spot for ecotourism

Prelude I have been working has a block integrator of Palamedu Vattara Kalanjiam, a federation of women SHGs, for the past four years. Palamedu Vattara Kalanjiam is located in Palamedu town panchayat, Alanganallur (block), Vadipatti taluk of Madurai district. The federation is a 16 year old federation, which works to improve the life of women […]

Recognition for addressing water issues

Survival and economic income of human being is decided by the availability of water resource, which is finite. The tanks established by our ancestors, still standing as a backbone of agriculture, are the only source of fresh water for the entire communities in the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu. Presently most of the water bodies […]

Growth of KDFS into a company limited by share capital

Kalanjiam Development Financial Services (KDFS), is a Not-for-Profit company promoted under the aegis of DHAN Foundation, combined with the efforts of the peoples’ organizations to ensure timely and adequate credit for the Kalanjiams (SHGs) and Microfinance Groups (MFGs) The motto of KDFS is to ‘bridge the gap’. That means to fill up the gap in […]

DHAN’s digital face

Type www.dhan.org Press Enter…

Opens a starchy white background with DHAN’s logo and name in the middle of the page and series of menus help navigate through the web, pops up. This is the newly-changed website of DHAN Foundation welcoming you…


Institution for marine resource conservation

Pudhupattinam Kalanjia Meenavar Sangam (KMS) is an association of 42 fishing families, involved in traditional method of fishing, in Pudhupattinam village of Ramnad district, Tamil Nadu. The association is functioning with a mission focusing on village development, fisher folk welfare and conservation of marine resources. It is a community owned pro-poor organisation lead by fisher […]

Experience of SFURTI, Periyakulam Coir Cluster

India is rich in natural resources. India has wide range of traditional village based industries like pottery, coir, apiary, metal or wood carving. In order to regenerate the traditional industries; Government of India has launched the Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) for development of around 100 clusters from khadi, village and […]