Established in 1993, Ambuja Cement Foundation is a grassroots pan-India implementing organisation that harnesses the power of partnerships –between communities, Government and other like-minded corporates and NGOs – to help solve pressing community problems and to foster prosperity.
For the past 25 years, ACF has created significant impact. A full-fledged Research and Monitoring Unit, along with numerous external, independent studies show significant change – in income levels, health indicators and overall harmony and happiness. Our work has spread beyond our core villages, and by working hand in hand with like-minded organisations, we aim to significantly impact the pressing issues currently inhibiting our country.
A sustainable, prosperous rural India built on partnerships - where villagers have the resources, livelihood and dignity to prosper in life.
I have a dream.
A great one that changes the face of the country and the destiny of the nation. Where we join hands with other passionate leaders. And pool our respective strengths.
To make rural India prosper.
MR NAROTAM SEKHSARIA
Chairman, Ambuja Cement Foundation
We energise, involve and enable communities to
realise their potential:
We motivate and mobilise people to work together and amplify impact.
We build partnerships and co-create solutions.
We build capacity and instill ownership.
Community engagement & prioritisation of issues
- Rapport building
- Entry point activities
Identify participatory solutions
- Listen to traditional wisdom
- Understand issues & probable solutions
Institution Building & Implementation
- Promote appropriate institutions
- Building capacity
- Implement pilots learning
- Replicate successful solutions for scaling up
- Acting as a guide and providing moral support
- Strengthening Insitutions for long term sustainability
22% increase in the incomes of cotton farmers
30% increased production under system of rice intensification
1681 SHGs with Rs 7.7 crore corpus
95 villages with 100% toilet coverage
Social return on Investment – 13x in Kodinar (Gujarat) and 5x in Rabriyawas (Rajasthan)
Rs 58 million cumulative increase in income earned by SEDI graduates
Generating awareness on non-communicable diseases
Launched our project to provide information and generate awareness on non-communicable diseases amongst rural communities.
BCI global council
ACF became a member of BCI Global Council.
First farmer producer organisation
ACF formed its first farmer producer organisation.
Partnered with IDH
ACF partnered with IDH - Sustainable Trade Initiative to implement Better Cotton Initiative in our geographies. We started the project with 2500 cotton farmers.
System of Rice Intensification
ACF implemented the system of rice intensification (SRI) that has eventually led to significant increase in rice production.
Established a Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK)
ACF, in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), established a Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in Kodinar (Gujarat). KVK is a farm research centre that build farmers’ capacity through training programs, demonstrations, visits and other extension services. The centre also runs a community radio station airing the latest agricultural information to local farmers.
Our first Skill and Entrepreneurship Development Institute
The first Skill and Entrepreneurship Development Institute (SEDI) was established in Jaitaran, Rajasthan.
Began working in the deserts of Rajasthan
ACF began working in Rabriyawas in the deserts of Rajasthan. This was a place hit by cyclical droughts and access to drinking water was a major challenge.
This same year, we began orienting and building capacity of our Sakhis to provide focused services on home-based newborn care (HBNC).
Training local women cadres as Sakhis
ACF began training the local women cadres as Sakhis in order to enable them to provide basic healthcare services in their vicinity.
First phase of Kharash Vistarotthan Yojana
ACF began with its first phase of Kharash Vistarotthan Yojana, in an effort to find solution to severe salinity ingress. ACF undertook this project in collaboration with Tata Trusts and Aga Khan Rural Support programme (India). KVY I began with 20 villages of Kodinar and Sutrapada talukas of Gir Somnath District.
Formation of ACF's very first SHG
The year marked with the formation of our very first SHG in Kodinar, Gujarat. Within a year, we rose from one SHG to 10 SHGs.
This same year, we began with our operations in Chandrapur location of Maharashtra and Darlaghat location of Himachal Pradesh
ACF starts work with 15 villages
ACF began working with the rural community in Kodinar, Gujarat. We began with 15 villages with a modest budget of Rs 15 lakh