Ashta No Kai (ANK) started with a desire to improve the quality of life for women and girls in India’s underdeveloped rural areas and has successfully transformed the lives of rural women and girls in 10 villages with an approximate population of 15,000, scattered across Shirur District in the Indian state of Maharashtra by presenting them with opportunities that their mothers and grandmothers would never have dreamed of.
More than 5,000 women have been deeply influenced by ANK’s commitment to education, literacy, financial independence, and social justice. They have been helped to personal empowerment and some degree of financial independence by the activities started and sustained by ANK. The combination of added financial autonomy and increased confidence levels has given rural women a significant voice in their communities.
Ashta No Kai has provided inputs in four major areas – Literacy, Education, Economic and Social Development, and Village Development to achieve its aims of empowerment and capacity building of rural women.