SKOCH Development Foundation is Section 8, Not-for-Profit Company, registered under the Companies Act, 1956 and registered as a recognised charity under 80G and 12AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
The Foundation works with the motto of mainstreaming the marginalised and takes inputs from primary field research to bring felt-needs to the policy. It organises field outreach and capacity building trainings and workshops. Since inception, it has been incessantly working for women empowerment particularly SHGs, financial literacy, capacity building and generating livelihoods.
To identify, evaluate, recognise and document best practices related to tribal affairs. Such best practices are identified, documented and awarded with Adi Puraksar. The objective is to create a Digital Knowledge Repository of Best Practices in Tribal Affairs through an awards-based process.
Samavesh is a programme aimed at alleviating poverty through a dovetail of financial literacy and financial inclusion. Samavesh is based on one and a half decade of SKOCH Group’s own ground research in the hinterlands of the country. These insights empowered the group to propagate its own model of inclusive growth in 2007 which is aimed at targeting poverty at the grassroots level.
Encourage aims at leveraging capabilities of the SME sector so that they are also able to contribute more to the Indian economy on the one hand and cash on the benefits of capital markets and access credit from financial institutions on the other. Hundreds of SMEs have been mentored and benefited from the programme. Several of them have listed on the national exchanges.
Hope is the oldest programme, which is designed to further causes of women empowerment, child developmentand social & digital inclusion. The programmes are taken up mostly geographically challenged regions to promote the rights of a community. A number of schools in north-eastern region have been adopted by the Foundation to support education.
Mr Sameer Kochhar and Mrs Manisha Kochhar instituted the Br. Finn Good Person Award at St. Columba’s School, New Delhi to honour his guidance and mentorship to students, and is conferred upon those who exhibit an exceptional strength of character, integrity, a strong sense of brotherhood, and gentlemanly conduct. These qualities are central to the life and mission of Br Finn.
Shakti was initiated with an aim of empowering women financially, socially and digitally. Experiences of wide ranging of field visits and action researches articulated that women’s micro and small-scale enterprises can provide an opportunity to accelerate economic activities. Experiences across the world show that credit and market linkages are important to create gainful economic activities for women.
The biggest challenge and largest opportunity for India is to be able to galvanize this young energy. It is only if we are able to ask the right questions that there will be a change in public policies. For that, it is first important to understand the issues at hand. YUVA aims to bring policy discussions to campuses in India. It is a mentorship platform for bringing greater participation of the youth in policymaking.