Our work on the ground speaks volumes.

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The Story of Vimalbai

Let's take the story of Vimalbai Kodape – a woman living in the tribal community of Dhanakdevi in Jawati block outside of Chandrapur, Maharashtra. In 2010, her situation was dire. But by taking a holistic, 360-degree approach, ACF has helped her and her family so that they now thrive.

  • Agriculture: By teaching her husband new, more efficient agricultural techniques, ACF helped him increase his productivity and profits.
  • Water: By solving the water problems of the community and household, ACF helped increase agricultural production for the family and also free up time spent collecting water, so that Vimalbai could find other work.
  • Skills: By training her son at ACF's SEDI, he could say goodbye to daily wages as a labourer and get a job as a welder – contributing Rs6500 per month to family income.
  • Health: Through regular check-ups at the ACF mobile medical van and education for preventive health, sickness has reduced, which means health costs have declined and there is no impact on livelihoods.
  • Women: By joining a local SHG established by ACF, Vimalbai learnt how to save and leverage the credit system of SHGs to help get her family out of crippling debt with local moneylenders. She also received training and now works as an Agricultural Extension Officer – training other farmers.
  • Education: Because the local school is supported by ACF, her children receive a higher quality of education, which will enable them to go further in life and help the family.

360-Degree Support

Earning a livelihood is tough in rural India.

And families need 360-degree support so that income levels are sufficient to enable them to meet 8 basic household needs:

  • Food
  • Energy
  • Housing
  • Drinking water
  • Sanitation
  • Health care
  • Education
  • Social security

We therefore support families and indeed, communities, from every angle to give them the best possible chance of enjoying prosperity in life.

By doing so, we ensure that poor health, outdated farming skills, or limited access to water doesn't get in the way of a family earning a livelihood and achieving financial security — for both them and their children. In 2017 and '18, we aim to reach 75000 and 50000 new households respectively, through our programs.