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Activists for Social Alternatives, India: Case Study on Dalit Women (Promising Practices Series)
by Gaamaa Hishigsuren in 2012
World Region: Asia
|Activists for Social Alternatives (ASA) commenced operations in 1986 in Tamil Nadustate as a facilitating agent to empower the poor dalit women. ASA’s objective is to alleviate poverty and enhance the standard of living for rural poor women, dalits, landless labourers, smalland marginal farmers on a sustained basis towards achieving a better socio-economic and political status by meeting their credit and savings needs for income generation activities,agriculture, and entrepreneurial ventures. After having seen a success in intermediating micro-financial services as one of its core activities and received a significant demand from the target poor around Tamil Nadu state, ASA decided to scale up. That is, ASA has set a goal to reach100,000 members by 2005 and 200,000 members by 2010. More details on the country contextas well as the origin, present status and future goals of ASA are discussed in the next sections.