• Mission: empowering the poorest of the poor to create livelihoods, boost income and inspire positive permanent change
  • Founded in August 2011
  • India Registered Charity Number: Section 25 Licence number : 101564
  • FCRA Registered Charity Number: 147121023
  • Income Tax Exemption under 12 AA: DIT(E) 8E/409/2011-12/S37/2012-13/472-74
  • Income Tax Exemption under 80G: CIT(E) 10E/547/2016-17/G-0392/3925-27
  • PAN Number: AADCN7402P
  • Team – 5 Board of Directors, 1 Head of Livelihood Programmes, 1 Agricultural Certified expert, 1 Head of Finance, 1 General Assistant, 5 Supervisors, 30 Livelihood Service Providers


  • Nirdhan works across five (5) districts in West Bengal all within 100 kilometres from Kolkata except the most recent one in Chhatna in Bankura which is more than 200 kilometres from Kolkata
  • Poultry Development Services (PDS): Giving families the skills to enter new industries and radically improve their earning power
  • Helped 15,851 home-farmers (women) directly, 79,500 people indirectly since we train whole families of 5-6 members in the household through our poultry programme
  • Agricultural Management Services (AMS): Getting big results from small plots of land: enhancing the poor’s agricultural yields through training and modernization. Already working with 8,129 farmers in 494 small Farmer Interest Groups (FIGs)
  • Goateries: In pilot phase since January 2016 with 27 families. Continued working with 344 additional households in 2018 and 2019 across 4 locations and stopped the programme in year 2021 after making 371 households completely independent with the permanent enterprise


  • Livelihood Programmes – up to 30% increase in household income
  • Increased levels of empowerment amongst the home-farmers, especially women
  • Improved basic and financial literacy
  • Choices about how to spend their money
  • Better, more nutritious meals
  • Increased access to proper medical care
  • Increased number of children in school as the families can afford the books and uniforms
  • Increased access to clean drinking water
  • Increased ownership of toilets
  • Increased savings