BAIF Development Research Foundation, India
BAIF promotes women empowerment through interventions such as micro-finance, employment generation through micro-enterprises and self-employment, agro-based and livestock interventions, awareness programmes, etc. across rural and tribal areas across India since last 40 years. At present, 40,000 + women are associated with BAIF through formation of 3185 Self Help Groups. Rs. 90 mn have been saved collectively by 40,000 members. Credit worth Rs. 170 mn has been accessed and utilised for generating employment.
Agro-based avenues such as food processing, co- operatives, etc. have also generated considerable employment for the rural women, making them economically independent, thus helping them to empower themselves. The interventions are coupled with community health activities also, since there are closely associated with overall well being of the women.