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ActionAid India works in 25 states and 1 union territory of India, with a vision to A world without poverty, patriarchy and injustice in which every person enjoys the right to life with dignity.

Helping adolescents reshape their lives, for the better
“Our family’s income is enough just to meet the basic needs as food, clothing and shelter. Given the financial hardships, my parents stopped my schooling after Class VIII and decided…
Breaking stereotypes: Women in the driving seat
“I always thought car-driving was reserved for the well-learned people only but now, I don’t think so,” says Nancy. Nancy is one of 16 women learning cab-driving in Bengaluru, facilitated…
Women farmers’ cooperative registered in Nalanda
Encouraging collectives of women farmers has been a special focus of our interventions in rural areas, and in Nalanda district, Bihar, women farmers have achieved significant success in building collectives.…
A new lease of life for women and children with disability
“I used to carry my child wherever I went. It was extremely exhausting for me. During the floods, we felt really helpless carrying our child who is both physically and…
A NaiPahal for out-of-school children
Education is the fundamental right of every child. With the objective of identifying and mainstreaming out-of-school children, including the children affected by seasonal migration, ActionAid India and UNICEF launched a…
Domestic workers securing rights
The untiring efforts of PaschimBangoGrihoParicharikaSamity (PGPS), a state-level domestic workers’ collective, finally paid off as it was granted trade union status by the Government of West Bengal. PGPS was set…
“Children love going to the school now”
Romola, a mother of two, living in a village in Anand district (Gujarat) knew why her kids didn’t like going to school. “The school wasn’t clean. it was either left…
The story of ManjitKaur and empowering Punjab’s women domestic workers
Poverty pushed ManjitKaur, from NangalKhurd village in Mansa district, Punjab, into domestic work at the house of a local landlord. Manjit would usually spend some 4 hours every day cleaning…
Meet Sudha – the masala powder entrepreneur!
Sudha (extreme right in the picture), mother of two and a home-maker from Kaluvankadu village in Thiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu, always dreamt of becoming an entrepreneur. Due to lack…
How the Gujjars of Chamba moved into the district market
Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh is home to nearly 40,000 Gujjars, a pastoral agricultural ethnic group rearing buffaloes, that moves between mountains and plains according to the seasons. Given their…
Challenging inheritance of indignity
A marriage at 16 ended her schooling. At 18 she was carrying human excreta from dry toilets. Detesting it each day, yet doing it like the women in her community…
Planting Prosperity, Sowing Dignity
Planted across his one acre of land in Brahmavur village in Udupi district, are Dogu Koraga’s most prized possessions. These are 30 coconut trees, 30 banana plants, 30 aracnut trees…
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