PRAYAS envisions a society where people have better social and economic opportunities, accessibility to financial services and awareness of rights and duties


Unite 1,50,000 socio-economically deprived people by 2021 and empower them through economic and social interventions


To establish a sound and professional micro finance programme to provide access to financial services primarily to low income clients who presently lack it


To carry out other social interventions such as capacity building, disaster management, livelihood promotion, community organizationetc which can create social benefits for the community.


PRAYAS was registered on the 11th of November 1997 under the Trust Registration Act 1950 and the Society Act 1860. PRAYAS has permanent FCRA number, 80-G certificate and 12-a registration. organisation was founded by Bhadresh Rawal having academic background in agriculture. The founder member has worked for more than eight years in the development fields of AKRSP (I) and KRIBHCO Indo-British Rainfed Project (KRIBP) funded by ODA. He was responsible for field level management, community mobilization and later for state level coordination. Bhadresh decided to start an organisation working on various development activities; however the focus was on right based issues. The founder member was supported in their efforts by well-known developmental issues consultants like Binoybhai Acharya (Unnati), Prof. Anilbhai Bhatt (IIM), and Tushaarbhai Shah (Director, IRMA). All three also agreed to be the Board members of PRAYAS. Finally, Memorandum, Rules, and Regulations were decided on for PRAYAS and the organization was registered.


The programs managed by PRAYAS aims to promote a broad range of goals including human rights, women empowerment and self-dependency of vulnerable communities. The programs cannot be seen as independent initiatives but instead as a combined effort to achieve the goals of the organisation. Click the headlines for information about the individual programs.