Monthly Archives: December 2009

SAATH Visitors

On Wednesday, December 23, SAATH hosted philanthropists Reema and Amitabh Chandra who have supported SAATH programs through American India Foundation, at our Umeed Youth Employability training facility in Old Wadaj, Ahmedabad. 

Managing Trustee Rajendra Joshi and Umeed Director Bhuneshwar Chaudhary discuss SAATH's Umeed employability program with Reema Chandra.

The morning began with an overview of Umeed, which trains and places youth from low-income groups in fast-growing sectors like hospitality, nursing and business process outsourcing. In just two short years, SAATH has trained and placed over 19,000 and provides Umeed graduates with post-placement support through our Livelihood Resource Centre.

After the students conducted the morning prayer and Umeed pledge, Mrs. Chandra met with SAATH service users from slum communities across Ahmedabad to learn more about the ways SAATH’s market-based services link together to address the myriad needs of India’s poor.  Post-visit, the Chandra’s invited our senior staff to lunch in honor of Managining Trustee Rajendra Joshi who was recently named a 2009 Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year for India.

AIF Site Visit to SAATH

Philanthropists Reema and Amitabh Chandra visit SAATH programs and host a lunch in honor of SAATH Managing Trustee Rajendra Joshi, 2009 Schwab Social Entrepreur of the Year.

SAATH would like to thank the Chandra’s and American India Foundation for their support of inclusive development in India. 

If you are  interested in visiting SAATH programs to learn more about market-based strategies for poverty alleviation in India, please come to our Open House on January 9, 2010 at 11 AM in Vasna.


Come See SAATH

SAATH has arranged a site visit to our programs on January 9, 2010 for those interested in learning more about market-based strategies for poverty alleviation. Please come and bring your friends. We will be meeting at the Vasna Umeed Centre, Old Octroi Naka Bldg., Nr. APMC Market, Vasna, Ahmedabad at 11 AM. Please RSVP to

See you there.

Support SAATH this Holiday

Dear Friends:

SAATH is part of’s US 15K End-of-Year Challenge. This holiday, remember the 46.5 million Indians living in slums, and your donation is eligible for a match from

Support SAATH through this holiday.

Many times, issues like persistent, extreme poverty seem insurmountable to us.  But the smallest gifts can make the biggest difference. For the 25 percent of urban Indians living on less than $15 per month, a gift of $15 is an investment in a family or person living in extreme poverty. With just $15, you can empower someone to start their own business venture; seek out new forms of employment; or to overcome their disability or disease. Our service users in slum areas pay a token fee for the services we provide. The rest is underwritten by donors like you.

Gifts from US-based donors who utilize to make a donation to SAATH between Dec. 15 and 31 are eligible for a match of up to $3,000!

Poverty estimates based on Tendulkar Poverty Report (2009).

Congrats, Rajubhai!

On November 6, 2009, SAATH Founder and Managing Trustee, Rajendra Joshi, was named the Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year [2009]. Along with Brij Kothari of PlanetRead in Mumbai and Padmanabha and Rama Rao of RIVER in Andhra Pradesh, Rajubhai was honored at the India Economic Summit in New Delhi on November 8.

Rajubhai receiving SEY Award

Rajendra Joshi receives the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2009.

The trustees, staff and communities of SAATH want to extend their heartfelt thanks to our supporters who have made this honor possible. We’re here because of you.

From the Press Release: 

Rajendra Joshi, Saath (, Ahmedabad

Today, more than 60 million people live in slums across India, lacking access to healthcare, education, employment and housing. In 1989, Rajendra Joshi developed Saath, which uses public-private partnerships to improve the lives of over 40,000 people per year. In 2009, Saath’s employment programmes with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation placed 8,000 slum residents in jobs at firms like Tata Indicom and Kotak Mahindra. Its Slum Networking Program has improved the physical infrastructure of 6,000 households while its four Urban Resource Centers in Ahmedabad have given 22,000 slum households access to microfinance accounts, insurance packages, preventive and natal healthcare, and pre-school education.

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SAATH is an Ahmedabad-based NGO that uses market-based strategies for poverty alleviation in India. We have a physical presence in over 50 slum areas across Gujarat and Rajasthan. Since the very poor often have many needs at once, we have created one-stop shops where we are able to link them with education, job training and placement, medical and legal services, and basic infrastructure.

A key principle of SAATH’s approach is community-coinvestment. Asking recipients to pay for services empowers them to become customers who can demand quality and accountability. Community members pay a token fee for all SAATH services. The rest is underwritted by donors like you.

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