Our work in India
Hand in Hand India is our oldest and biggest operation. It was here, in the impoverished southern state of Tamil Nadu, that Hand in Hand co-founders Percy Barnevik and Dr Kalpana Sankar first met in 2004; that Hand in Hand’s job creation model was conceived, tested and refined; that we first evolved our global ambitions.
Ten years later Hand in Hand India is a lasting source of innovation and expertise. In keeping with our commitment to South-to-South knowledge transfer, staff from the country helped launched Hand in Hand Afghanistan in 2007 and Hand in Hand Southern Africa in 2008, followed by pilot operations in Cambodia and Myanmar in 2013.
By the numbers
Members trained: 2.13 million
Our Self-Help Group members save together, train together and start businesses together
Businesses started: 2.24 million
Hand in Hand India entrepreneurs farm crops, manufacture and retail goods, supply green energy and more
Jobs created: 3.46 million
Jobs equal development. Our entrepreneurs make their own success, breaking the cycle of dependency*
Lives improved: 12.56 million
Every business we help create in India benefits an average of five family members – young, old and everywhere in between
*338,310 seasonal jobs are excluded from the total figure
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It’s not a coincidence that Hand in Hand started in India. Poverty, and women’s unemployment, in the world’s largest democracy is rife.
Only 29% of Indian women are in paid employment – a number that continues to decrease
One in every three malnourished children in the world live in India
21.9% of Indians live below the national poverty line
73% of farmers have no access to formal sources of credit
Hand in Hand India works in seven states countrywide, with plans to expand into more. Partnership programmes are under way in Cambodia and Myanmar.