• 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
  • 7 Nirdhan Board of Directors, 6 Nirdhan employees, 4 Nirdhan consultants, 41 Nirdhan Livelihood Service Providers, 1 local vet or prani bandhu, 1 animal consultant for Goateries


  • Nirdhan works across four districts in West Bengal all within 30-40 miles from Kolkata
  • Backyard poultry development: Giving families the skills to enter new industries and radically improve their earning power
  • Helped 11,500 home-farmers directly, 66,000 people indirectly since we train whole families
  • Agricultural Management Services: Getting big results from small plots of land: enhancing the poor’s agricultural yields through training and modernization. Already working with 1,467 farmers in small Farmer Interest Groups (FIGs)
  • Goatery: In pilot phase since January 2016 with 27 families and identified 250 additional households in 2018 across all 4 locations


  • Livelihood Programme – 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