By adapting indigenous irrigation techniques and empowering farming communities to generate alternative income streams, Dilasa Sanstha has changed the lives of impoverished rural farmers in Maharashtra State. Its partnership with the Axis Bank Foundation has allowed it to scale its rural interventions to new heights.
Based in Maharashtra State, Dilasa has been working with farming communities in Vidarbha from the mid-1990s. Today, the NGO works across 1,170 villages spanning ten districts in Vidarbha, Marathwada and South Maharashtra. The organization began life as the brainchild of individuals who shared a common goal: to bring relief to suffering farmers.
From there, Dilasa has emerged as a pillar of the rural communities it serves, now helping farmers to access alternative sources of income and credit options. In this evolution it was supported by a strategic partner, the Axis Bank Foundation, which has encouraged Dilasa to operate at a scale and reach beyond what its founders could have imagined when it was founded as a seven-person organization.