Sushma Iyengar

Ms. Sushma Iyengar, chairperson of Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan, Gujarat, passionately believes in the power of rural communities to organize themselves against a “dependency mentality.” Since 1989, She has been working ‘with women’s’ collectives in 160 villages on handicrafts, micro-credit, environment, legal aid, health, and education. In 1998!,. Sushma helped create Abhiyan, a network of 21 N GOs, which collaborate on disaster mitigation and drought proofing work. Following the earthquake, Sushma showed exemplary leadership in supporting villagers retake control of their lives and livelihoods, in contrast to the usual charity approach to relief Sushma’s recurrent theme of empowering villages has found resonance with many of her supporters, including American India Foundation (AlF) chaired by former President Clinton.

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