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November 8, 2012

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November 8, 2012

The work being done by Saath is truly amazing. I had previously been a volunteer two years ago and have continued as a donor. I have just visited some of the new programs at Saath during a trip to India in November 2012 including the Women's Development Center, Yuva Mast, other livelihood programs, and affordable housing. Saath has a comprehensive approach to integrated development, and covers everything from healthcare to education to livelihood training and microfinance. By visiting the programs, you can see the integrated nature of the programs helping with slum development. Many of the staff have changed since my previous visit in 2010, yet the essence has remained the same. I feel very well respected and at home here with the Saath family. I am very proud to be involved with Saath now as a donor and plan to continue in the future.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 8, 2012

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October 8, 2012

I worked with SAATH for few days. SAATH has been doing a great job and a great deal of service to the slum dwelling people in and around Ahmedabad. I closely observed the way the staff of SAATH functions with zeal and with an aim to make lives of underpriviled better and help them live a dignified life.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 6, 2012

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October 6, 2012

The work speaks for itself, truly amazing. I feel blessed to be able to donate to this organisation and it is simple to understand and donate, Perfect!

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 5, 2012

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October 5, 2012

Working with Saath as a Volunteer was a really memorable experience and helped me to gain knowledge in the Development Sector well. Infact, I am so impressed with the accolades of Saath and the gamut of activities undertaken on the ground level that I am planning to be a part of Saath as an employee leaving the Corporate rat race. I wish Saath all the best for coming endeavours.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Child Education, Youth Employment, Micro Finance

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ensure more Professional approach of working.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Excellent

October 28, 2009

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October 28, 2009

I worked as a trainee in SAATH for 3 weeks a little more. During the period, I was really impressed by the concept of this NGO and how they work things out. My team leader is a very nice woman who taught me a lot of things. Her passion for her work, her care about us. As I stayed there for such a short time, I did little things for them. But i wish i could have another chance to stay there longer and do more things.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their concept about how to reconstructe the slums and how they do it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

They are really excellent and kind people. They taught me a lot of things and how to do things in better ways.

Ways to make it better...

I can have more work.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love this NGO :)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

October 22, 2009

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October 22, 2009

I had an opprotuity to know about SAATH's work in an experience sharing workshop held at EDI, Ahmedabad. The range of activities is good and it builds upon the model piloted in AP under the DFID funded program but the beauty of it is that it has been done on a voluntary basis with taking the community needs as its priority and then looking for external help.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a Workshop of sharing and learning

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

spend time on funding sources

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It wider range of programmes built on commercial models

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

top to middle level persons

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

lead to creation of more livelihoods

Ways to make it better...

I were engaged with it

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

managing with expansion and widening

One thing I'd also say is that...

it requires continuity of working

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

October 20, 2009

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October 20, 2009

Saath's work represents a crucial piece of the solution to India's slum problem. Poverty is a systemic problem that requires holistic solutions, and Saath has achieved considerable success in generating societal and economic wealth with its progressive approach to slum development. Speak to slum residents in the areas Saath has worked in, and you are invariably told what a great positive impact Saath has had on their lives. I worked first hand with Saath staff, and I found them to be professional, motivated, and capable in working with the community. The organization has strong second-line leadership in place that will lead the organization well in coming years. The founder, Rajendra Joshi is extremely humble and down-to-earth for a man of his accomplishments. Rajubhai's work with Saath is nothing short of path-breaking, and should be an excellent mentor to up and coming social entrepreneurs. His insight into the policy solutions for slum development should be seriously considered on a national level. Its market-based approach to slum development and the Urban Resource Centers represents the future of Bottom of the Pyramid thinking. Saath has done great work, but there is still so much to be done in terms of slum development, even within Saath's home city of Ahmedabad! Saath needs financial and human capital to build its capacity, and locally-grounded individuals across India to help replicate its model. If you have capital, talent, or resources you want to channel to improving the lives of the less fortunate, Saath is a proven and innovative model to invest in. I strongly urge you to find out more about the organization.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the progressive, market-oriented approach to slum development. It has demonstrated that slum residents have dignity, and are not looking for government handouts. They can improve their material conditions, but need to be given the right opportunities.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Genuine, down to earth, humble, and capable. Everyone treated me so well even though I was a foreigner. They are people who I will want to keep as friends and see every time I return to India.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create thousands of more jobs through its livelihood programs, increase access to microfinance. Connect slum residents with the world through the URCs. This organization has the potential to change India.

Ways to make it better...

better systems had been in place. the organization needs more trained professionals to invest their time to build capacity. Also, staff could have been more punctual, but that criticism applies to many other organizations.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Scaling up the work across India. Working with government can be difficult, and locally-based solutions do not always replicate themselves easily in other cities.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Just go there and experience Saath and the slums for yourself. It is sobering (the sheer scale of the problem), yet inspiring because it shows us that progress has been made in battling this goliath of a problem. Saath needs your help, don't wait.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 20, 2009

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October 20, 2009

I first came in touch with Saath last year around this time while I was working on a project that was trying to capture the work of organzations which were using a mutli pronged approach to address the issue of urban poverty. Saath to this end was an obvious choice given the holistic nature of its intervention in commumities it engages with. Saath's approach is striking not only in its inclusiveness of the issues that it tries to address but more importantly the investment it has made in setting up robust community owned institutions which serve the foundation for the stupendous work that exists on the ground.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the most approachable and committed that I have known in my 7 yrs of association with the non profit sector in the country

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 18, 2009

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October 18, 2009

I volunteered at SAATH through the Asian Foundation for Philanthropy, a UK based charity in 2007. I was impressed by SAATH's innovative approach to help the urban poor. I was in awe of all the people at SAATH of their commitment and drive to better the lives of the urban from from Rajendra Joshi to the slum reisdents who work in partnership to implement the schemes.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

ambtion and passionate about their work

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

give start to give the urban poor a proper voice

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

October 14, 2009

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October 14, 2009

Prior to my current role with Saath, my academic work involved an in-depth analysis and research of many Saath programs. The sheer commitment of the organization towards equitable development is of a very rare and high standard. It has a clear vision, credible strategies for goal achievement, and tremendous grassroots knowledge of urban living conditions, and workable social mechanisms. Much credit goes to the leadership of Rajendra Joshi, both for a style that is inspiring, and grounded in the real world of the urban working poor. The influence of this leadership is visible in the transformation of the social conditions where the members of Saath work. The achievements therefore are to credit the commitment of all Saath members, and benefit all that they serve selflessly.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

grounded thinking and positive action.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and committed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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