Nirdhan, registered as a Section 25 Company, was incorporated in 2011. It has a board of five directors all with excellent and varied backgrounds: entrepreneurial, legal, IT and commercial (see section on Board of Directors). Nirdhan contracts three part-time consultants and employs a full-time team comprising of five field supervisors who drives the operations locally, builds up the team and monitors the progress of the operations daily. The team plans future operations, researches new enterprises and reports to the board members on a regular basis to ensure money is being used effectively. Nirdhan has 5 Board of Directors, 2 Finance officers, 1 Head of Livelihood Programmes, 1 agricultural certified expert and also employs 5 field supervisors, 5 Prani bandhus or local vets and 34 Livelihood Service Providers (LSPs). The LSPs market the programme, assess and register potential home-farmers, complete our Social Impact Assessments and reassessments through a scoring system of the PPI index so that we can measure our outcomes, provide the training, deliver the toolkits (10 one-day-old chicks/ducks, initial feed, vaccinations and medications) and collect payments. All the LSPs come from the villages where we are working and so understand the needs of the home-farmers and are passionate about creating positive social change and relieving their own people from suffering.


Nirdhan was founded in 2011 and its mission is to create livelihoods, boost income and inspire permanent change. Our target group has always been the very poor in Bengal which is India’s fourth most populous state. It is in fact one of the poorest states in India and living standards for the majority are declining.


★ to help people living on or below the poverty line in rural West Bengal earn an income from home.

★ to provide people in need with the tools and training to start a market-driven enterprise.

★ to innovate and develop our programmes to ensure the best outcomes and impact for our beneficiaries.


★ excellent governance and transparency in all that we do.

★ responsiveness to the changing needs of our beneficiaries.

★ sustainability for Nirdhan and our beneficiaries.

★ regular impact measurement and reporting to donors.