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SeSTA is a professionally managed not for profit organisation registered under Societies Registration Act (SRA), 1860. SeSTA, acronym for Seven Sisters Development Assistance, Literally means ‘effort’ in Assamese. Since its inception the effort has been towards creating a just and equitable society in Northeast India devoid of poverty.

Established in 2011, SeSTA aims to catalyse development activities in North east starting with Assam, though the process of “Nirmaan”, by working for improved livelihood system and better wellbeing status of rural community. PRADAN and Sir Dorabjee Tata Trust (SDTT), has been supporting it since its inception.

‘Agency enhancement of women through women led processes to increase capabilities, livelihood, well being of vulnerable rural communities and increase harmony, peace and synergy in the society’ is the core thrust area of SeSTA.

Accelerating the process of transformation from ill-being to wellbeing with equity of the poor community by strengthening their present livelihoods is another focus of SeSTA. SeSTA has a vision of ushering in a vibrant, democratic and developed society with peace and harmony where every citizen is empowered and lives a dignified life. SeSTA works with women of some of the most vulnerable and marginalised sections of the society. Understanding aspiration, skill, knowledge base and market opportunities of these marginalised communities and accordingly promoting suitable livelihoods has been the strategy followed by SeSTA. SeSTA believes that to achieve sustainable development, it is crucial that every citizen, irrespective of their caste, religion and ethnicity, participates actively in the development process with a sense of equality, pride and dignity. In this process of development SeSTA plays a role of the facilitator to bring about such a change through a team of well educated, pro-poor, caring, sensitive and sensible professionals.

Currently, SeSTA works directly with 8000 families in 100 revenue villages across four districts of Assam: Chirang, Bongaigaon, Goalpara and Kamrup (rural). To date, SeSTA initiatives have:

  • Mobilised nearly 8000 women to form 700 Self Help Groups(SHGs), 27 Village Organisations(VOs), and 2 women’s SHG Federations. The women’s collectives have mobilized savings of more than USD 160,000 and leveraged USD 107,120 from banks and other institutions.
  • Helped more than 8,600 small and marginal farmers improve the productivity of crops like paddy, maize & vegetables through the improved practices like SRI method in six districts.
  • Groomed 60 women as community resource persons.

It envisages expanding its works to other parts of Assam and the North-East and plan to reach out to more than 30,000 rural poor families in the next 3 years.

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