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  • Strengthening Women Collectives

    Strengthening Women Collectives

    Improving overall welldeing of rural communities through development
    Processes collectively led by women from the community.

  • If Together, Community Means Unity

    If Together, Community Means Unity

    SeSTA believes that Self Help Groups can be an effective platfrom to
    empower women and help them resolve issues by reducing their vulnerability.

  • Activities

    Activities

    SeSTA is promoting commercial pig rearing, mushroom cultivation and small ruminants
    among other diverse livelihoods.

With the aim to initiate socio-economic development in the North East region of India, a group of young professionals with years of experience from PRADAN (Professional Assistance For Development Action), found Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA) in 2011. The name SeSTA pronounced as 'Chesta' means 'Effort' in Assamese. A professionally managed and evolving not-for-profit organization, SeSTA is registered under Societies Registration Act (SRA), 1860.

Through the process of 'Nirman' (constructive development) it strives to build capabilities of vulnerable communities by creating a just and equitable society devoid of poverty and identity related crises by promoting and strengthening their institutions in the region. If you want to walk through the genesis and journey of SeSTA, (SeSTA Genesis Document)

What we do

Community Mobilisation

SeSTA believes that Self Help Groups can be an effective platform to empower women and help them resolve issues by reducing their vulnerability. It provides handholding support to these groups, starting from its formation till it evolves as a socially and financially sustainable institution.

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Community Mobilisation

SeSTA believes that Self Help Groups can be an effective platform to empower women and help them resolve issues by reducing their vulnerability. It provides handholding support to these groups, starting from its formation till it evolves as a socially and financially sustainable institution.

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Livelihood Promotion

To improve rural livelihood, SeSTA works on the three pillars of livelihood triangle- People, Resource and Activity

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Livelihood Promotion

To improve rural livelihood, SeSTA works on the three pillars of livelihood triangle- People, Resource and Activity

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Human Resource Development

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Human Resource Development

The core philosophy of SeSTA's Human Resource Development Unit is to ensure recruitment of young and educated people with empathy and the urge to effect positive changes in the lives of others. SeSTa believes that caring and capable people are crucial to the process of social development in our country more than material resources. These handpicked people are then nurtured and placed in grassroots projects.

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Engagement With Youth

Against the back-drop of increasing poverty, slow pace of economic development and very high rate of population growth, the unemployment problem has assumed chronic and complex character in Assam. The problem has further been accentuated with the increase in the number of unemployed technical personnel in the State.

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Awards

2014
India Development Marketplace Award 2014 by World Bank
2014
Chief Minister’s Best Action Award for Community Development for Bongaigaon district in 2014

SeSTA by the number

2 States, 11 districts, 19 blocks, 326 villages

19800 women, 1650 Self Help Groups (SHG), 105 Village level Organisations

8 Farmer Producer Organization (FPO) promoted and supported comprising 9810 members

13000 families in Livelihoods

250 Women groomed as Community Resource Persons and Community Service Providers

52 well groomed Development Professionals

Let's hear from people

There are moments in life when we need to trust our instincts blindly. I trusted mine and landed in SeSTA. After two months of my association with the organization I realize that I have grown to understand my innate capabilities and let go all my fears. Above all, I have become a part of the extended SeSTA family.
Syeda Nur Asma Ahmed

Executive Trainee, MA in Sociology
Tezpur University

SeSTA is the reflection of sheer dedication and commitment of a bunch of young professionals in voluntary sector. When youths are so committed, they are going to succeed. However, it would not have been possible without the help of our esteemed donors, partner organizations and the beneficiaries who bestowed their confidence on us. Over the years we could touch lives of about 20,000 families by improving livelihood through leveraging existing resources and skill sets. It is heartwarming to see thousands of empowered women in far flung areas whose stories are inspiring many. I hope such co-operation of all stake holders will continue in the years to come in our journey to empower needy from the marginal sections of the society.
Dr. Ajanta Phatowali

Chairperson, SeSTA Governing Board

The most important thing I learnt at SeSTA is to question everything I encounter with. The training programmes, workshops and exposure trips have allowed me to explore the unexplored in me. I have changed and now I know, it was possible because the best about SeSTA federation is its people-the people you work with and the people you work for.
Ranjan Das

Former Executive Trainee,
MA in Mass Communication & Journalism,
Tezpur University

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