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Gram Tarang owes its genesis to Bapuji Rural Enlightenment and Development Society (BREDS) a social developmental organization formed in 1983 to serve the most marginalized, vulnerable rural communities and focus on their socio-economic betterment through empowerment and sustainable livelihood promotion. BREDS ventured into financial inclusion space in July 2009 in collaboration with ATYATI Technologies and disbursed more than 200 Crores government money earmarked for NREGS and Social Security Pensions till date in over 800 villages of Srikakulam district through its Business Correspondent Agents. BREDS also ventured into the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Odisha in 2010 and hived off the entire business to a Gram Tarang Inclusive Development Services due to regulatory issues.


Inspired by the Gandhian philosophy of Gram Swaraj, or ‘self-rule’, a group of residents of Dimili village (Kotturu Mandal, Srikakulam District) and other area social activists founded the BREDS. Initially, BREDS opened night schools specializing in adult education. These volunteer-supported classes targeted Adivasis (tribal people) and members of ‘Other Backwards Castes’ (OBCs) in Dimili and nearby villages. The organization continued to evolve over the next two decades and work with other target populations, but BREDS has experienced its greatest growth from 2001 until today. Through a combination of teamwork, commitment, strong leadership, government support, and donor participation, BREDS is now recognized as one of the best NGOs in our district of Srikakulam. Most importantly, it achieved these goals by gaining the trust of the communities in which it is rendering services. The details of our interventions are as follows:

  • Natural Resource Management in Srikakulam District of A.P
  • Sustainable Livelihoods and Food Security in Srikakulam District of A.P
  • Gender issues & Women's Empowerment through Microfinance in Srikakulam District of A.P
  • Community Health and Education in Srikakulam District of A.P
  • People's Self Governance in Srikakulam District of A.P
  • Institution Building and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) which are active in agri processing and marketing space.

Please browse http://www.bredsindia.org more information on BREDS.
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