SHRAMJIVI JANATA SAHAYYAK MANDAL – A Movement of sustainable development for SC, ST, NT, OBC and socially and economically backward communities Shramjivi Janata Sahayyak Mandal (SJSM) is a NGO founded in 1980 by a local youth from nomadic tribal community residing in vicinity of the Koyna dam in Patan block of Satara district in Maharashtra. This self-inspired youth initiated development work along with other local youths in villages affected due to the backwater of Koyna dam and gradually spread work in villages of Satara and adjoining districts in Konkan and western Maharashtra. SJSM works closely with government agencies in facilitating development of poor, disadvantaged and socially and economically backward communities from SC, ST, NT, OBC with the focus on facilitating promotion of natural resource based livelihoods and self-reliant community development organizations. Building community based institutions; making appropriate technological interventions, capacitating them to function effectively, finally enabling them to sustain themselves independently is core development strategy of SJSM. With the help of various State and Central Government agencies, international donor organizations and CSR institutions it has set up 4 independent NGOs and 66 co-operative based sustainable livelihood models on agriculture allied activities including sustainable agriculture, medicinal plants, food, fruit, cane-bamboo processing, dairy, fishery, micro credit etc. with the cross cutting approach on gender discrimination. The other programmes include health, education, women empowerment, development of Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG), disaster management, watershed development, strengthening of natural streams, social issues like child marriage, Superstitions, human rights, etc. It is presently operational in more than 500 villages (About 5 lakh population) of Satara, Sangali, Raigad, Ratnagiri districts in Maharashtra.