Indians for Collective Action (ICA) is a San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit group. ICA believes in a secure life for every Indian, in a sustainable environment and a just society. Since our inception in 1968, we have nurtured social activists, spawned many initiatives including Asha for Education and Foundation for Excellence, and supported innovative community-led development projects in over 20 states of India and disbursing over $5.0 million (mostly in last decade). We partner with dedicated social workers and activists in India and the U.S. We hope you will like our new programs and decide to join us here
Sunday, November 17, 2013, Time: 5:00 PM. to 9:00 PM.
Venue: TiE Hall, 2903 Bunker Hill Lane, Suite 108, Santa Clara, CA
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Nileema Mishra is an activist engaged in rural development in Maharashtra, India. She is one of the youngest recipients of the Magsaysay Award (dubbed as the Nobel Prize of Asia). She donated her Magsaysay award money, received in 2011, to Bhagini Nivedita Gramin Vigyan Niketan (BNGVN) to provide micro-finance to help poor women. In recognition of her work for rural development she was awarded Padmashree by the Government of India in 2013. Micro-financing coupled with logistical support provided to farmers, entrepreneurs and women’s Self Help Groups encourages savings, imparts skills for alternate livelihood, and helps build sanitation systems. Nileema’s initiative has eliminated farmer suicides and empowered rural women in multiple villages in many districts to be proud earning members of their families.
Melinda Kramer co-directs WEA’s world-wide work around issues of clean water, food security, climate change, and land protection through strategic investments in grassroots women’s leadership. WEA works to build solutions to global environmental challenges by uplifting the leadership of women. WEA’s work in India includes GREEN Foundation, RUPANTAR in Chhattisgarh , Rural Women Upliftment Society (RWUS) in Manipur, People’s Action for Development (PAD) in Assam, Bindrai Institute of Research and Action’s (BIRSA) in Jharkhand andGorakhpur Environmental Action Group in UP. Rucha Chitnis, the South Asia Program Director of WEA will join Melinda in receiving the award.
Ektta (‘Unity’ in hindi) is a non profit social enterprise incubated by Indians For Collective Action.
Ektta is an innovative social enterprise that provides a technology platform for digitization, member services and social impact monitoring. Initial applications are to empower women based cooperatives, social enterprises and organizations focused on social and economic empowerment. Ektta has the potential to be used by many leading NGOs and social enterprises across India and other developing countries. Ektta was incubated by ICA (Indians for Collective Action), a respected Silicon Valley based international development organization with strong roots in social innovation and is now backed by leading Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and experienced advisors with a strong emphasis on India’s social sectors.
Ektta is a catalyst of a positive change with a focus on helping communities connect, the unconnected by unlocking a power of becoming self-reliant. The platform is an enabler for social organization whose primary focus is to create a self-reliant community. We are building a platform Ektta that is a community connection platform for Membership-based organizations whose members are traditionally connected through phone base services. Ektta aims to provide scalable solutions to communities and non-profit using open source approach aimed at inspiring, collaborating and empowering social sector through human centric design and their professional skills.