SAATH

Rating: 4.53 stars   19 reviews

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Location: O/102, Nandanvan 5, Near Preranatirth Derasar Jodhpur Tekra, Ahmedabad -- 380015 India

Mission: To make human settlements equitable living environments, where all residents and vulnerable people have access to health, education, essential infrastructure services and livelihood options, irrespective of their economic and social status.
Geographic areas served: Gujarat and Rajasthan
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

It was a nice experience working with this organization.I was always interested in teaching and it provided me the platform to teach the needy ones.It really touches your heart when someone considers you as their idol and respect you and share their personal problems. Counselling the participants for their betterment was the best part.

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

it has given me the platform to interact with that sector of the society with whom i could not have in normal circumstances.

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

good, but i think time has come to reconsider the way of working.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

You constantly read about how India’s poverty lives side-by-side its economic growth, but it was not until I worked at SAATH that I saw a genuine catalyst for change. By coupling development opportunities with actual resources, SAATH has brilliantly used India’s socioeconomic paradox to implement sustainable development. Together, SAATH and the community that it serves have proven to the government and private sector that the urban poor not only wants development but is also willing and capable of paying for it. Inclusion into the mainstream provides much improved health, education and livelihood opportunities to the urban poor, increased revenue for the private sector and a government promoting urban development. A mutually beneficial situation. Now, the organization needs to address the changing and increasingly more competitive landscape of donations and grants.

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

the Umeed Youth Employability and ancillary services.

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

the community is omnipresent in the organization promoting sustainability and growth.

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

equally humble, dedicated and intelligent.

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

prove that it could use 100 million and take on the challenges of India.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I came to India as a part of Social-Business Ventures program by Artemesia, Aiesec and Ashoka. I spent 6 months with SAATH working with different projects: microinsuarance, UMEED and Raw Material Bank for Rural artisans. The common features in different saath's projects which makes them successful are: full community involvement in every project, innovative approach and focus on sustainable models. Also, the head of organization, Rajendra Joshi, has profound leadership skills and is passionated about urban and rural development in India. The other important feature of SAATH is readiness to accept the change. Thus last few years SAATH is transforming its projects to social business.

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

There was one small shop near the office. When I talked with the owner, he said that he knows SAATH, because Urban Resource Center helped him to get birth certificate for his son.

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

pay more attention to social web.

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

I can see the positive results of our work.

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

cool! Working environment is great - people are helpful, qualified and passionate about development.

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

improve the quality of life of much more people

Ways to make it better...

had more time to finish projects i worked on.

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

transform current projects to social businesses

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I am a Mumbai-based Journalist, and have visited Saath in August 2009. We have featured Saath as one of 50 Social Enterprises who are making a positive contribution to the society. I have covered few of the initiatives through my story ( http://business.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?261369 ).Individually, I feel that the various initiatives of Saath reflected in the confidence of few of the beneficiary members I met and interacted with. The programmes like Umeed-Udaan, Urmila are not just employment generators. But they are also a great help to the society outside the Saath family. Samvaad, is a brilliant embracement of technology and will bring a big change in the time to come. However, the Samvaad team has to be little more market savvy, to become self-sustaining. Overall, I feel Saath is a institution in itself. Not corporate, but truly corporatised.

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

in terms of Umeed-Udaan, I was impressed by the positive feedback I got from Eureka Forbes Limited's Regional HR Chief. They have been hiring candidates of the program for some time and are happy that there is hardly any churn among those candidates.

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

very confident and focussed.

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

change the shape of India's urban landscape. They have the lots of ways and limited means to address urban poverty, eye to eye.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I have a microfinance charity and SAATH is our exclusive partner this year because they are very grass roots and enable the recipients to really leverage a wholistic model. The management and the team are exceptional and they really care about the development of the people in the slums and alleviation of poverty.

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

all involved in the process of community development - the entire community and staff interact as a family

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I visited Saath in August 2009 and spent time visiting their projects -Umeed, the URC and spending time with the very inspiring and motivated Rajendra bhai and his excellent team. Their work was well researched, high impact and highly engaging with the community they work with -most impressive!

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

motivated, inspiring and hard working..

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I entered SAATH as an intern as walked out as a changed person. Dedication shown by the head Mr. Joshi to everyone who worked in the organizaion was spectacular. Working in the non-profit sector needs a highly selfless attitude. On field, when interacting with people, it comes across very clearly that SAATH has touched their lives and changed it towards a positive direction. During my interaction with the Community Video Unit team, my interaction with them led me to having an experience of a lifetime. By being associated with SAATH, these women of the minority community, coming from the lower income group had become independent confident and positive. Touching lives of people across the state is a big feat achieved by SAATH.

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

the selfless attitude showed by people working on field and the passion to help make other peoples' lives better.

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

Touch many many more lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

SAATH is an amazing organization and works on the core fields that are very relevant and important for the Indian Society right now. I wish them Best Luck of the incredible work they do.

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

Well the ones i have meet are really passionate and happy with what they are doing, which is great.

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

Should invest a lot more on advertising the work they do and increase their level of operations. Also budget certain amount to take and send young people for International Internships.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Saath has shown concern, determination and innovation in working for urban slums. Saath applies management priciples in their work. Saath's model of leveraging Govt funding is worth emulating.

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

Saath's approach for innovation and focus towards community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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