Tag Archives: Awards

SAATH: ‘Innovative Livelihoods Promoter of the Year’

SAATH won the prestigious CMEA Award 2013

 Since 2004, Citi Micro Entrepreneur Awards is organised for recognizing the enterprise development in the country. In its tenth year, the Citi Micro Enterprise Awards, 2013 was organised by the Citi Foundation and ACCESS for recognizing the community based enterprises and organisations that have played a pivotal role in promoting livelihoods. This year SAATH has won the award in the category of ‘Innovative Livelihoods Promoter of the Year’ as the organisation that is promoting and nurturing livelihoods and micro enterprises.


The Urban Resource Centre and RWeaves initiatives of Saath have been instrumental in winning for this award.

Urban Resource Centre (URC) started in Saath in 2007 work as one stop centre for the urban poor. The URC bridges the information gap between the services providers and service users. It provides knowledge and resources to the urban poor to deal with important documents and processes. It also monitors and evaluates development in the community, advocate and run campaigns related to various issues of slum dwellers. Currently the 4 URC’s (3 in Ahmedabad and 1 in Rajkot) have a reach of 27,697 households, impacting approximately 1,38,485 individuals in a year.

RWeaves started in 2010 is a rural development initiative that provides livelihoods, training and marketing support to various artisans of Surendranagar district specially Tangaliya, Patola, Cotton and Recycled products. RWeavews is currently operating in more than 10 villages of Surendranagar district supporting 20+ artisans and marketing 80% of their products. An outlet has also been opened at the head office of Ahmedabad for promotion and sale of RWeaves products. _____________________________________________________________

The Award ceremony was held at Taj Hotel, Mumbai on 13th December and on behalf of SAATH Ms. Keren Nazareth, SAATH’s Executive Director, Ms. Devuben Parmar and Mr. Babubhai Rathod, Community Leaders were present to accept the award. Accepting the award Ms. Keren (Saath’s Executive Director) says, “This award is a recognition of the work that we do at Saath. We are committed to improving lives of the urban and rural poor and such encouragement and support, further strengths our opportunities to carry out our work. Saath works with a vast range of stakeholders which include, women, youth, artisans, construction and domestic workers, we have so far impacted over 4 lakh households through the years and aim to scale up our work to reach more and more such vulnerable communities”. Ms. Devuben (Previous head of URC and currently head of Urmila Home Manager programme) says, “We are thankful to CMEA for recognizing our work and spreading word about us. There are many areas in which we still haven’t ventured out where we will try to reach through our work this year and win the award again next year”. Mr. Babubhai (Community Leader and Artisan associated with RWeaves) says, “I’m very happy that Saath has won this award. In the future Saath will move ahead for the profit of its beneficiaries and keep on working for the welfare of the common man. I’m sure in the coming years we will win many more awards for our work”.


Nirman with mHS

Over 70% of housing supply across Indian cities is being built by home owners with the help of masons. The urban poor in India have no access to architectural and engineering services, widely perceived to be necessary only for the elite. With urbanization taking place in highly seismic zones this poses a catastrophic risk to life safety also poor quality of construction affects health and quality of life.

So to cater such challenges of urban poor and to provide them innovative solutions, Micro Home Solutions- a Social Housing initiative and Saath together organized a three day training of the mason batch at Khodiyarnagar center. Main aim behind organizing such an innovative training was to make trainees associated with masonry aware about how to make strong and durable frame structures using optimum available resources.

IMG_0814During three day training two architects Ms. Swati (On the right) and Ms. Shreya Krishnan from Micro home solutions taught the masons of Khodiyarnagar batch following technical concepts of construction through manual and simple graphical presentation.

  • Basics in Construction
  • Designing Earthquake resistant buildings
  • Do’s and Don’ts of construction- How to build better and safer buildings
  • Through Case study-Understanding the structure



At the end of the training session a quiz was organized to access how much understanding the masons has acquired at the end of the training.


Winners of the quiz competition with their awards.

Through Nirman programme Saath is providing skill trainings to the masons, so this innovative training will add up a new dimension in their learning it would also enhance their knowledge skills regarding engineering designing and construction. Based on the outcomes of the pilot training Saath would further like to incorporate these concepts into its curriculum and would like to develop a booklet which will be highly beneficial to workers associated with Masonry work.

A new initiative:  Technical Assitance Kiosks (TeAK).

TeAK is visualized as an integrated,multilevel structure that links households engaged in self-construction to a network of centers sited within communities and managed by local entrepreneurs. The first two pilots will be initiated with SEWA Mahila Housing Trust and Saath Urban Resource Centers in Ahmedabad, India. The long term goal is to catalyze this market by influenceing construction practices, training masons, enhancing awareness on safe and quality construction standards and advising stakeholders in the supply chain.

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 (http://www.saath.org), 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.

Click to Read More