Reports And Publications



    The Indian NGO that Bagged the UN Climate Award

    Published on Oct 3, 2016 by TheBetterIndia

    In an era where the focus is highlighted on ambitious clean energy initiatives by big companies, Swayam Shikshan Prayog - SSP has been recognised by the un for its efforts in bringing the same initiative in smaller doses to rural areas.

    Dasra Social Impact Leadership Program

    Published on Oct 3, 2016 by DASRA India

    Video on how the Dasra Social Impact Leadership Program benefits the organizations like SSP.

    Dasra Social Impact Leadership Program

    Published on June 7, 2016, Story by Swayam Shikshan Prayog

    Shorthand presentation of wPOWER program

    Published on 29 May 2016 Story by Swayam Shikshan Prayog

    Learn about the wPOWER program led by Swayam Shikshan Prayog supported by the US Department of State and USAID /India that's empowering rural women and helping to bring about a greener tomorrow.

    Digital book on SSP's Arogya Sakhi program supported by UK-AID

    Published on 31 March 2016 Story by i-Partner India

    Digital book on SSP’s Arogya Sakhi Progam supported by UK-AID: How a program offering pregnancy-related information via mobile phones and home-based care by specially trained local women helped to address preventable maternal and infant mortality in India's Maharashtra

    Resilience Dialogue - Technology, Disaster Risk, and the Gender Divide

    Published on May 20, 2016 by GFDRR, World Bank

    Women and girls are often most vulnerable and in need of support and protection in the face of disaster and climate risk, but also can act as powerful agents of resilience in their communities. Promoting women’s empowerment in disaster recovery not only contributes to more effective and efficient recovery, it also establishes opportunities for women and communities to shape more sustainable development.

    Sadhana (India): How I became a businesswoman

    Published on Sep 23, 2016 by British Council

    Sadhana Deshmukh is blazing a trail for female entrepreneurship in her hometown (Murud village) in Maharashtra, India.

    Change Agents: Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

    Published on Nov 8, 2015 by CNBC-TV18

    Watch Prema Gopalan who is encouraging women in disaster affected areas to rebuild their life by becoming entrepreneurs with her venture Swayam Shikshan Prayog.

    Film on wPOWER Global Partnership Forum held in Delhi on April 16-17, 2015

    Published on May 6, 2015 by USAID India

    The wPOWER Forum showcased the pivotal role rural women play as champions of envi¬ronmental sustainability and in bringing Renewable Energy to the doorstep of rural households. The Forum brought together wPOWER grassroots women entrepreneurs from India and Africa and the array of ecosystem partners on a common platform to share experiences and insights on improving clean energy access through women entrepreneurs.

    Winner of mBillionth Award South Asia | M-Health 2015

    Published in 2015 by DEF India

    Video on SSP – the winner of 2015 mBillionth Award South Asia | M-Health category. The Arogya Sakhi program is focused on preventive care as many women are suffering from high and low blood pressure, diabetes, sugar and other cardiovascular or lifestyle diseases.

    Winner of Mobile for Good Awards 2014

    Published on Nov 30, 2014 by Vodafone India

    Video on Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) – Winner of Mobile for Good Awards 2014,Health category - Arogya Sakhi, a mobile application helping rural women entrepreneurs delivering preventive health care at rural doorsteps

    Rural Energy- Swayam Shikshan Prayog

    Published on Aug 6, 2014 by Gram Innovations

    No Drought of Determination

    Published on January 26, 2014 by Start Up - India

    The 17 minutes short film, 'NO DROUGHT OF DETERMINATION', conceptualized and directed by, Payal Randhawa showcases SSP's pioneering work in seeding women entrepreneurs and changemakers in drought zones of Maharashtra. Start Up - India has partnered with SSP to co-create the Rural School of Entrepreneurship (E-School). The E-School trains the women profiled in this film to become role model entrepreneurs by offering them entrepreneurship education, networking, business counseling and access to seed fund and business counseling.

    India Case Study

    Published on Jun 11, 2013 by UNISDR

    Godovari Dange, Federation Leader, Swayam Shikshan Prayog—India tells us about the federations work with government and others to address Mahrashtra droughts. As drought impacts communities are compounded by commercialized agricultural practices, household vulnerability is rising rapidly. The federations have been taking the lead in responding, building food security and other resilient responses.

    Resilient Women

    Uploaded on Jun 11, 2010

    Resilient Women: Women become change makers after 5 years of Tsunami

    Social Entrepreneur of the Year' India 2008, Finalist Prema Gopalan

    Published on Nov 23, 2008 by Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation

    This 1.25 minute film features how convinced that economic resilience is an integral part of disaster mitigation. Prema Gopalan is encouraging women in disaster affected areas to become entrepreneurs. More than 60,000 women have been organized in women’s collectives. They have been provided skill training and insights into market linkages and access to capital. Business savvy, these women are proving to be ideal partners for corporations who wish to be business in rural markets.

    From Chaos to Creativity: Grassroots Women Rebuild Their Communities

    Uploaded on Aug 12, 2008

    A GROOTS film that looks at the lives of women from three different countries, (Honduras, Turkey and India) who have emerged as problem solver rather than victims. Some of the footage was gathered by community members themselves.

    Our life, our film

    Uploaded on Aug 12, 2008

    This film was directed by eight women belonging to quake-ravaged Kutch in Gujarat and produced by GROOTS and Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP). The film is about these women's lives and struggles three years after the quake. It explores how women and children turned a massive crisis into an opportunity for development.

    Beating a path

    Uploaded on Aug 12, 2008

    A GROOTS and SSP film that looks at how women are taking charge of rebuilding their lives after a disaster. This film was inspired by the thousands of women who belong to a growing network of Sakhi Women's Collectives. It was made in 2001 by Deepa Bhatia

Stories from Grassroots Women

    Stories from Grassroots Women

    Devkanya's Inspiring Yatra

    "There is so much knowledge in the villages of India. Imagine what we can learn from each other, we who are so diverse a nation," says Devkanya, fresh from her experiences in the Jagriti Yatra 2017.

    Ranjana Devi is an Inspiration for many !

    Ranjana Devi is a grassroots leader in Malkoskapur village in Bihar. Coming from a poor family, she struggled to reach a new level.

    Sudha Devi, the change maker !

    Sudha Devi hails from Ghospurvillage in Basant Nagar block in Supaul District of Bihar.

    Sangeeta Kumari from Gaya

    Sangeeta is 27 years old and is a graduate. Her husband is a contractor and does not have stable/regular income.

    Women leaders address good food in mid-day meal scheme

    Latipur village is located near Ganga River in Naugachia, Bihar. Incessant rains lead to floods and impact badly on agriculture and daily lives.

    Women leaders address good food in mid-day meal scheme

    Mrs. Vanita Sahebrao More is 60 and received her LMV driving license last year. Why?

    Transition journey of implementation of One Acre Model

    Meet Mrs. Rekha Satish Shinde who transformed One Acre of her farm- land ensuring food security for her family and integrating livestock man- agement to implement a financially sustainable farming model.

    Impacts of One Acre Model on Ghurband Family

    Since 2015 Mrs. Kamalbai Ghurband from Nanded, Maharashtra has been practicing agriculture on a leased land of 2 acres adopting the salient features of One Acre Model.

    Changing Climate: rural women lead the change for better food and farming

    Maya is 38 years old, belongs to a marginal farming household in the drought hit region of Marathwada in Maharashtra, India.

    Conserving traditional seeds across generations

    District: Malkangiri

    Jamuna Kirsani, an Adivasi Woman and Seed Mother hails from the Malkangiri District of Odisha and embraces her culture proudly.

    Building community resilience through women

    District: Maulaganj

    A community in Northern Bihar is one of the most flood-prone states. Heavy rains in Nepal cause flash floods and breaking embankments, putting the population at risk.

    Leading a community in eco-friendly farming

    District: Godiyari

    Sheela Devi lives in the Darbhanga district of Godiyari village. The village has been adversely affected by unexpected weather changes and floods that impact agriculture production.

    When women taught a village to survive floods

    District: Supaul

    Supaul District “Whenever you do any good work in the village think about development” (Ranjana Devi).

    Raising a village through women empowerment

    District: Supaul

    “If we won’t, then who will? Many people also compliment our determination and that we have been able to build a relationship with local government.” (Renuka Devi).

    Making eco-friendly farming a way of life

    District: Darbhanga

    Shila Devi lives in Godiyari village by the Bagmati river which floods its banks every year.

    Former postmaster becomes award winning organic farmer

    “Women should do farming. We need to cultivate to consume our own food. Who will make it for us?”

    Grassroots women unite to save Chivri village

    District:  Osmanabad

    Chivri is a small village situated near Tuljapur in Osmanabad district. Agriculture is the main source of income for the community.

    Reaping the harvests of organic farming  

    “Agriculture is our land; we have to awaken our field. You change your life at household level then you change the community.”

    Making a case for women entrepreneurship

    Pulling her flowery, teal sari over her hair, Shankuntala Vilasrao Deshmukh gets comfortable in her seat. She’s had a busy day at the Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) “Melawa”, and is taking a break to tell her story.

    How Arogya Sakhis are making their communities healthier 

    District:  Osmanabad

    Sukumar has completed her education till the 10th standard. Post marriage she has three sons and lives in a semi – pucca house.

    New agricultural practises spread through women SHGs

    District:  Osmanabad

    It takes a while for community to shift from traditional way of livelihood practices to bringing more income and changes in the community in a sustainable way.

Case Studies & Publications

    Case Studies & Publications

    Impact Assessment on SSP India by HEC Paris, Business school in Jouy-en-Josas, France 2017
    Swayam Shikshan Prayog – Social Impact Assessment by Sunila RAJAN, Nathalie TEER, Marie WAGNER and René LUTTER – HEC Paris, Business school in Jouy-en-Josas, France, 12 July 2017

    Draft Report on Impact study on Promoting resilient farming systems in India by Misereor
    Draft report of the study on `Sustainable pathways for better food systems in India’ - Empowering women farmers' for promoting resilient farming systems. The study was conducted by Lorenz Bachmann with André Gonçalves and Phanipriya Nandula with the support of Misereor during April to September 2016. SSP was one of the three Misereor partner organizations from India, Brazil and Senegal selected for the study. 30th June 2017

    Standing Up to Drought: How women farmers are overcoming severe water scarcity in India’s Maharashtra State
    a story of ordinary women planting seeds of hope to overcome the worst ever drought this year. On 1st July 2016, thousands of people in Maharashtra planted trees to avert the environment crisis. This powerful photo essay by Atish Patel describes about how SSP supported by Misereor and Huairou Commission in partnership with thousands of women farmers to mitigate the impact of drought in Maharashtra. Link to the story

    wPOWER: Connecting the DOTS – A Resource Guide
    Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Clean Energy program (wPOWER India) is an innovative market-based partnership model, empowering rural women as clean energy entrepreneurs and energy leaders.

    India's Green Entrepreneurs
    Learn about the wPOWER program led by Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) supported by the US Department of State and USAID/India that's empowering rural women and helping to bring about a greener tomorrow.

    Impact Assessment on wPOWER Program by Planet D'Entrepreneurs, August 2015
    wPOWER is an innovative, market-based partnership model, empowered over 1000 rural women as clean energy entrepreneurs and environment leaders. Conceived by USAID and implemented by SSP, it aims to place rural women at the heart of the climate change agenda and is creating green economies in rural India and Africa.

    The Lighthouse Women: Lighting Our Climate Future
    Women and Disasters in South Asia: Survival, Security and Development
    A book published by Routledge India on June 16, 2016. This book will interest scholars and researchers of disaster management, rehabilitation studies, gender, environment, ecology and sociology and be useful to institutions dealing with natural and man-made disasters, non-governmental organisations and disaster recovery professionals.

    Community-Led Partnerships for Resilience
    Published by World Bank-Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) on March 16, 2015. It is part of GFDRR’s effort to establish an evidence base documenting the important role community based civil society actors play in demonstrating and accelerating the implementation of locally appropriate risk reduction and resilience strategies.

    Building Women’s Leadership and Fostering Collaborations toward Community Disaster Resilience
    This document report was intended to equip women from resource-poor communities to shape community disaster resilience agendas and practices on the ground. The report captures the innovations, good practices and impact of the project that unfolded in India.

    Forced Migration: Review
    This document report was intended to equip women from resource-poor communities to shape community disaster resilience agendas and practices on the ground. The report captures the innovations, good practices and impact of the project that unfolded in India.

    Workshop Series "Gender Impacts of Disaster & Disaster Reconstruction Process"
    Presented by All India Disaster Mitigation Institute, Ahmedabad and The Prajnya Trust, Chennai Organized by Tamil Nadu State Land Use Research Board State Planning Commission Ezhilagam, Chepauk, Chennai , India to provide insights and lessons that will add value.

    Women’s Participation in Disaster Relief and Recovery – 2007
    The detailed case studies provides examples of how low-income women who have lost everything can form groups and become active participants in the relief and recovery process. The article also examines the roles that NGOs and government policy and procedures play in facilitating (or impeding) women's involvement.




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Annual Reports

    Annual Reports

    SSP Annual Report 2014-2015

    SSP Annual Report 2013-2014

    SSP Annual Report 2012-2013

    SSP Annual Report 2011-2012

    SSP Annual Report 2010-2011

    SSP Annual Report 2009-2010

    SSP Annual Report 2008-2009

    SSP Annual Report 2007-2008

    SSP Annual Report 2006-2007

    SSP Annual Report 2005-2006

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