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If Together, Community Means Unity

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

Strengthening Women Collectives

Improving overall wellbeing of rural communities through development processes collectively led by women from the community.

Diverse Livelihood Activities

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

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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), founded 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.

SeSTA has been actively engaged with the most vulnerable, especially women and their collectives and young members of the communities, in the rural north-eastern region of India (Assam, in particular) facilitating them from a position of ill-being to well-being. SeSTA works towards a vibrant local community with secure and sustainable livelihoods, functional governance systems and a prevailing sense of harmony. Engagement with rural communities, especially in the tribal populated pockets of Assam to begin with and later expanding to other states of North East India, is SeSTA‘s priority.

Our Impact

Directly present in 100 villages
spread across 0 districts,
0 Blocks

in 2 States

Working with 1000 Women

organized under SHG platform- a democratic institution owned and managed by women

Entrepreneurial skills of communities are channelized through the promotion of 0 Farmer Producer Organisations (FPO)
comprising of 1000 members
Employment support to around 100 CRP (Community Resource Person) & CSPs (Community Service Provider)

working with SeSTA currently

Provided 1000 Families

with Livelihood support

Food security increased of 1000 Families

through SRI paddy cultivation

Trained over 1000 grass root workers

in various states of North East with support from SLRMS

India Development Marketplace Award 2014 by World Bank

Chief Minister’s Best Action Award for Community Development for Bongaigaon district in 2014

Let's hear from people

“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. Anjanta Phatowali
Former Chairperson, SeSTA

“The Village Organisation (VO) helps us to get need-based livelihood specific training and enhance our food security. Earlier we never did SRI and had no idea about it as we were only aware of our traditional method of paddy cultivation. In addition to SRI, now we are also involved in vegetable cultivation, horticulture and organic manure preparation, vermin composting and organic pest medicine preparation”

Debojani Barman
VO member, Boitamary Block, Bongaigaon

"Nowadays, we hear a lot of corruption in NGO at various levels and I have read articles claiming that 99% of NGOs are money making devices. There are however some which fall in the remaining 1%. I firmly believe that SeSTA is one of them and two pillars of the organisation are integrity and professionalism. SeSTA also facilitated multiple visits to the remote areas where the work can be seen firsthand and interact with the people of the region. The impact it creates in the lives of people is heartwarming and for people like us, it is indeed an eye opener."

Sidhartha Sarat Bardoloye
Informatica Business Solutions, Sr. Product Manager

Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
SeSTA has been implementing livelihood activities in Assam and Tripura. Some glimpses of the Pigsty construction for pig rearing from our Borobazar field of Chirang district.
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
On field training cum exposure to the Krishi-Sakhis and Pashu-Sakhis of Kushdhuwa Development Block, Goalpara and Pakabetbari Development Block, Barpeta was organised by our professionals from the respective blocks.
The objective here is to expose the Krishi-Sakhis and Pasu-Sakhis on various scientific techniques of agriculture, goat rearing and pig rearing. This also gave them an opportunity to test and validate them under their own management conditions so as to improve adoption of scientific techniques by the farmers in their respective areas.
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
ETOHOP…a quarterly development magazine for the North East was launched yesterday followed by panel discussion on emerging paradigm of development in the North-East. Through articles and columns, the magazine addresses various developmental issues of the North-East which has relevance to those investigating and/or working within areas closely associated with development processes.
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
When women from marginalized communities come together, they are a force to reckon with. This force can bring about far reaching changes- whether it be in construction washed away roads or learning new agriculture technologies. Read about SeSTA’s intervention in two warring villages in Darrang, who shed their differences, to usher a new beginning in their communities, below:,-one-step-at-a-time_164
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
We are happy to announce that our development magazine “ETOHOP” (which means – a new beginning in Santhali Language), will be launched on 6th September, 2019 at TATA Institute of Social Science (TISS), Guwahati Campus.
We hope that the magazine will cater the North-East audience to share their experience and knowledge in the field of social and economic development.
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
SeSTA is a value driven, democratic and diverse organization with transparent systems. It is an organization of people with shared values. It is an organization of all its well-wishers. It is an organisation of the communities we work in.
A two day Organization Development (OD) workshop was held in Bongaigaon to streamline our internal processes, facilitate cross learning among colleagues, reinforce our commitment to collective leadership and most importantly, strengthen our resolve to work with the poorest communities in rural Northeast India. Presenting a few glimpses from the workshop.

For people who live in areas covered by water during the monsoon season, such as the riverine areas of Majuli, it is impossible to grow crops throughout the year. One of the newest ideas that has lips flapping is the idea of floating farms. SestaSeven photo

Journey started with 3 blocks, and we are happy to complete a certain part of our journey. There is something that we don’t want to have an end point, we have increased our presence to Mushalpur Block of Baksa District, Assam. SestaSeven photo

For SorolaTudu and her family, the setting sun meant many hours of darkness. For this Adivasi family and others like them, in this remote village of Gurusingpara in Chirang district of Assam, kerosene lamps were the…

Preparation for floating vegetable garden #SCI #SeSTA at #Ujani Majuli block #MKSP #Assam State Rural Livelihood Mission (ASRLM).

SeSTA conducted a one day workshop with line departments on 20th May at #Chapar salkocha block of Dhubri district. The objectives of the workshop was to bring all the stakeholders to one platform and share about the…

To commemorate #International Women’s Day on 8th MARCH, #”Swayong Siddho” a newly formed Women Collective of around 3000 women from 300 #Self Help Groups promoted by #SeSTA

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