Sankul organises women of poor households into self- governed institutions called Self Help Groups(SHG), Village Organisations and Block Federations. At least one woman from every poor household is brought into the SHG network. These platforms are ‘of the poor’ and ‘for the poor’ and can subsequently partner with local governments, public service providers, banks, private sector and other mainstream institutions to facilitate the delivery of social and economic services to the poor. This is a low cost, highly successful model. Sankul’s primary focus is towards building the capacities of the women in promoting unity and self-reliance. We believe that the poor have tremendous capabilities and a strong desire to come out of poverty, and are essentially lacking an enabling environment which promotes self-expression. Encouraging and handholding women in their journey out of poverty whist avoiding any kind of dependency syndrome is a part of our core ethos.