SSP - Women Leadership and Network

Swayam Shikshan Prayog
Empowering women
What SSP does
Builds Disaster Risk
Resilience in Communities
Promotes clean energy
in rural homes
Developing agriculture
and food security


From 2006, SSP has moved steadily from a savings and credit, micro enterprise strategy to setting up social businesses that provide large scale sustainable livelihoods and incomes to women. Building capacities of women’s groups who emerged as facilitators, SSP used the emerging market opportunity in rural areas to move women from the margin to the mainstream, as borrowers - entrepreneurs - producers - stakeholders in social and community enterprises.

Builds Disaster Risk Resilience in Communities

SSP began by working on disaster reconstruction since 1993 after the Latur earthquake. By centrally involving grassroots women and communities in re-building homes, SSP seeded the concept of building resilience in crisis ridden communities.SSP partnered with governments and communities to extend its women-centric approach after the Gujarat earthquake in 2001, the tsunami in 2004 in Tamil Nadu and currently partners with NGOs in the flood and cyclone prone areas of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar and Assam.

SSP is a founding member of the National Alliance on Disaster Risk Reduction, a network of 170 NGOs. SSP established a Community Resilience Fund (CRF) that addresses the growing gap between local initiatives and those at national and global levels.

SSP coordinates a global initiative reaching out to Guatemala and Honduras. Selected among many, SSP’s community resilience and HFA advocacy effort covers over 60 communities in 3 states in India.