Story of Payir


Why does Payir exist ?

  • Significant improvement in the quality of life for urban Indian.  However…
  • Rural India lags far behind on several dimensions:
    • Marginal improvements in economic opportunities: Dominated by agriculture: seasonal in many places and does not meet families everyday needs
    • Social challenges: Caste and religious divisions; Alcoholism is prevalent
    • Education quality and context are lacking: Poor infrastructure; Indifferent teachers
    • Health, nutrition and sanitation continue to be challenges: Ignorance, superstition and poor access to services; Cost dictating choices
    • Poor governance and community engagement:  Uphill task to avail government services and subsidies

Payir Goals

  • Focusing on any one of these challenges is not sufficient as these issues are interlinked
  • Payir employs a holistic approach to rural empowerment i.e. we understand the interconnections between problem areas and devise interventions to address them
  • Our goal is to facilitate change – to be the catalyst
  • We develop leaders, active stakeholders and institutions that will transform these villages into equitable communities with opportunities
  • We aim to create local ownership, so that impact is sustained long after the original facilitator is gone

In 11 years Payir has

  • Provided better health care to 25,000 people in 6 villages
  • Improved Nutrition levels of 35,000 children
  • Partnered with 25 schools reaching 35,000 children
  • Improved school attendance to nearly 100%
  • Bootstrapped 10 Rural Enterprises
  • Provided direct employment to 150 people and indirect employment to 700 people
  • Enabled Rs. 11 crores in public Infrastructure and Welfare services