Empowers landless women and small landholders by implementing initiatives to skill them, introducing value chain interventions and creating a favourable environment

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  • Headquarters

    New Delhi, Delhi

  • Since


Udyogini works to improve gender equality by empowering women. It focuses on girls and women by providing them with tailored services of business deve Read morelopment, helping them access education opportunities and providing healthcare services. It encourages and enables women to become entrepreneurs by identifying opportunities, creating a favourable environment for the entrepreneurs, developing value chain networks, strengthening institutions and empowering value chains by encouraging the formation of producer groups.

Demographies Served


Udyogini has impacted 48,015 women entrepreneurs, skilled 27,704 youth and touched 224,369 lives with an increase of 50% in annual incomes across 5 States.

Vision & Mission

Vision: Foster gender equality by improving socio economic status of women to fully participate in decision making in domestic and public spheres.
Mission: Provide customized quality business development services to enable women to enhance their income, access better education and health services for their children with a special focus on girls.

Donor History

HDFC Bank Parivartan
Ministry of MSME


  • Value Chain Intervention Programmes

    Udyogini believes that the underprivileged need to spread their risks and for this purpose, it adopts an end-to-end transformative approach.

    It attempts to touch each node of the market chain right from production to marketing and place women in appropriate jobs across the chain. The flavour of conservation and protection of natural resources is present in all its interventions.

  • Skilling and Training Programmes

    It partners with institutions to skill the youth and help them get employed. It also encourages them to be self-reliant and not depend only on employers to approach with jobs.

    The youth are trained in vocational skills for setting up rural enterprises encouraging them to pursue higher education. They are assisted in their attempts to set up a business by providing training, handholding them and connecting them with relevant sources of finance and business support.

  • Creating an Enabling Environment

    The organisation besides opening up avenues for employment and entrepreneurship also aims to create an enabling environment by creating awareness of gender equality, reinforcing healthcare, education and nutrition, protecting and managing natural resources, enabling basic needs like water, hygiene and sanitation, improving financial literacy and linking the underprivileged with relevant Government welfare schemes.

  • Holistic Rural Development Project

    • Strengthening/ creating irreversible livelihoods for 1000 families • Enhancing livelihood opportunities through forest produce, livestock and micro enterprises. • Developing women centric institutions that could take care of various initiatives and lead Market intervention. • Increasing income of the beneficiaries by 15-30% from different interventions.

Impact Metrics

  • Street Solar Lights Installation

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 60
    • 2020-21 60
    • 2021-22 60
  • #Health Camps

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 10
    • 2020-21 10
    • 2021-22 10
  • #Infrastructure Renovation

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 2
    • 2020-21 3
    • 2021-22 3
  • Establishment of Night Shelters

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 100
    • 2020-21 250
    • 2021-22 250
  • Establishment of Night Shelters

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 100
    • 2020-21 250
    • 2021-22 250

Theory of Change

Udyogini believes that If poor, marginalized and vulnerable women are provided with customized business services (skill, entrepreneurship training, financial and market linkages), their incomes increases both for improved production and quality of their produce. The transformative processes involved in building, strengthening and nurturing their enterprises, capacity building, skills and market linkages afford them access to power, resources, voice and choices. Women’s improved participation in economy and greater autonomy in personal, social and political spheres result in resetting the gender norms and creating inclusive communities.

Milestones & Track Record

Udyogini has an exceptional history of inception. It was conceptualized in 1992 by the World Bank to create a movement for women economic empowerment in India. During early 1990s, Self Help Groups and micro credit was at its peak, but there was lack of training with regard to entrepreneurship and livelihood enhancement. To bridge this gap, Udyogini was set up by the World Bank with the thought that there should be a new organization focusing particularly on entrepreneurship. In that era, we were recognized as a service provider and a resource agency to NGOs and Government Bodies, under the leadership of (Chair and founding member) Ms. Ela Bhatt, the founder of Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA).
When Udyogini was started, It was a service provider of entrepreneurship curriculum with the thought that women will use these inputs for productive purposes. It was implemented through the selected partner organizations across different states. They will receive a TOT (Training of trainers) from Udyogini and they will then train women further.
It is the first organization in India that laid the foundation of micro-entrepreneurship for women. Its Women's Enterprise Management Training Outreach Program (WEMTOP) was the most popular intervention at the time of its inception which helped touch the lives of over 1 million women and built capacities of over 30 NGOs across the country in micro-entrepreneurship.
From 2002 onwards, we have evolved as an expert in Entrepreneurship, implementing the project on the ground, particularly building livelihoods and creating rural jobs along the entire value chain in rural areas, ensuring that women and youth have a decent income and voice to change their own circumstances.
Some of the earliest projects include promoting handicrafts in Pugal, Rajasthan; Incense sticks production and chunari making in Saharanpur, UP and curating Forest and Farm based products in Mandla, MP.
Currently we are operating in five states – Chhattisgarh. Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, and Rajasthan – engaging with over 50,000 women and youth in 22 different products such as honey, lac, chilli, tamarind, herbal tea, ghee, and many more.

Leadership Team

  • Sumita Ghose


  • Arvind Kumar Malik

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Jayahari K M


  • Arvind K Malik

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Ms.Deepti Ameta

    Chief Operating Officer

  • Ambar Afaq


  • Arpana Tirkey

    Senior Manager-MEL

  • Arun Adhikari

    State Program Manager-Chhattisgarh

Demographics & Structure

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  • Diversity Metrics

    30% women


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Organisation Structure

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Awards & Recognitions

7th eNGO Award 2020-21-Digital Empowerment Foundation Udyogini acclaimed winner for working with locals for the conservation of Himalayan Ecology while creating Entrepreneurs
6th eNGO award 2019-Digital Empowerment Foundation Udyogini recognized as the Chairperson’s Distinction for 2019-20 in
Entrepreneurship & Outreach category for uplifting rural & tribal women by helping them becoming self-sufficient
• In 2016 BRLF selected Udyogini as resource agency for the Certificate Programme in Rural Livelihoods (CPRL) to train grassroots workers as Rural Livelihood Managers having specialization in rural enterprise.
• In 2017 CNBC-TV18 in collaboration with Union Bank of India has awarded Udyogini in the category of "Advancing Financial Inclusion through Women Entrepreneurship" in the 5th Financial Inclusion Agenda Conclave in Delhi.
• In 2018 the 3rd Women Astitva Samman 2018- a recognition to Promote Women Empowerment by Women and Child Development Committee of PHD Chamber was awarded to Udyogini.
• We have reached a benchmark in Rajasthan, where Pugal has been recognized as the Bikaner Pugal Textile Crafts Cluster for applique and embroidery by the Ministry of MSME, KVIC and District Industries Center.
• NABARD has recognized 'value-chain model' as an innovation under their Rural Innovation Fund.
• Udyogini got the 'Aga Khan Foundation India Innovation Fund' (a competitive award) in 2006 for our project on building handicraft enterprise in Pugal block, Bikaner district, Rajasthan.
• In 2009, Udyogini was one of 5 Indian organizations to be selected by Yale University's Global Social Entrepreneurship Program for a partnership with the MBA program at Yale.
• In 2010, Udyogini's concept was selected in a competition for Yale School of Management which now doing a joint feasibility study for innovative bamboo is made products in N. East India.
• In 2011, Udyogini has won 'Amodini Award' for women empowerment in Godfrey Philips Bravery Award Ceremony.
• In 2012, Udyogini was awarded World Of Difference 100 Award for “Making a difference for economic empowerment of Women” by The International Alliance for Women, Washington DC, USA.
• In 2014, Udyogini was recognized by National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), Ministry of Rural Department, Govt. of India as one of the pioneer’s non-profit to effectively deliver extension services for scientific cultivation of LAC (designed and developed by Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums -IINRG, Ranchi) to 10000 tribal producers in three districts of Jharkhand. This achievement was further acknowledged by FORD FOUNDATION to scale up the extension model through other non-profits in states like M.P, Chhattisgarh and Odisha.

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  • Headquarters

    D-17, Basement, Saket, New Delhi, 110017


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Ministry of MSME- SFURTI SIDBI etc