Bhagini Nivedita Gramin Vigyan Niketan(BNGVN) works to empower villages to have the capacity to provide means to livelihood and have a self sustaining ecosystem. We empower villages by providing opportunities for people to live with dignity.
We at BNGVN believe in the village's own resolve to find solutions to their problems. Life in Indian villages are hard with most livelihoods coming from agriculture and abject poverty being a reality to most families. We work to empower villages to have the capacity to provide means to livelihood and have a self sustaining ecosystem.
Our activities include providing microfinance and logistical support to farmers and village entrepreneurs at reasonable terms of repayment, organising women into Self Help Groups to encourage savings and impart skills for alternate livelihoods, creating a village fund to drive community activities and allow villagers to borrow from and building sanitation systems.
Nileema Mishra, our founder, was awarded the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award 2011, Asia's equivalent to the Nobel Peace Prize. The Prize reflects our achievements and struggle as an organization to ensure villagers and farmers are empowered to address their problems and become self sufficient.
"Thanks to BNGVN. They never send anyone back empty handed."
- Subash Desle (Farmer)
" We are very proud of Nilima and her team"
- Ramesh Kacholia (Caring Friends Founder)
“A fantastic organisation making a difference in the villages of Maharashtra”
- Mrs Sudha Murthy