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Building Self Reliant Rural Communities in India



Seva Mandir helps communities build Funds for local development. These funds being a financial resource also provide a reason for communities to come together, deliberate and make decisions.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Seva Mandir's Village Development Fund, focuses on needs of resource poor, marginalized, peasant communities dependent on rain-fed agriculture in an inhospitable terrain. Working with 541 villages and nearly 50,000 People, the project provides a common agenda for development and ups the stake of these villagers in making projects in their villages successful, since they are contributors and beneficiaries, both individually and collectively.

How will this project solve this problem?

Formation of village development funds & village institutions (membership drives, election process), regular meetings at the village level & various trainings (linking with government, managing local resources, principles of participatory processes.

Potential Long Term Impact

Communities will become more self-reliant and capable of managing their own resources and development in an inclusive and responsible manner. They will also be able to collaborate and negotiate with other development actors to solve their problems.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: £3,546
Remaining Goal to be Funded: £149,173
Total Funding Goal: £152,719

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Seva Mandir

Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Project Leader

Priyanka Singh

Executive Director
Udaipur, Rajasthan India

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Map of Building Self Reliant Rural Communities in India
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