Who We Support

What is ANKURI?

Utilizing a multi-faceted approach to
village development,
the Agency for Non Konventional Urban Rural Initiatives
(ANKURI) empowers rural women through income
generation, alleviation of  poverty and promotion of health,
education and the full participation of women and children
in Uttrakhand society.

ANKURI’s Mission

Ankuri’s mission is to empower village women to become economically self sufficient enabling them to be decision makers in their families thus improving the health and education of their children.

Opening pathways to the long term development of the community is Ankuri’s ultimate goal.


Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, ANKURI (the Agency for Non Konventional Urban Rural Initiatives) empowers rural women through income generation. The centre is based at Thikana at Bharatwala- the home of Rachna and Dushyant Singh. The centre aims to alleviate poverty, teach useful skills in knitting and business practices, and build upon the rich community of the people who have lived here in the foothills for centuries and who continue to follow traditional agricultural practices. Begun 15 years ago as a small group of 10 women, Ankuri now enables the financial independence of over 100 women. The Literacy Centre provides free after school individualized tutoring for village children strengthening their basic skills in English, Reading, and Math. The Center also ensures that children participate in games and sports after class for a holistic learning experience. By empowering the village women to become economically self sufficient, enabling them to be decision makers in their families, and improving the health and education of their children Ankuri’s ultimate goal is to facilitate long term development of the community.

Learn more about ANKURI @ ankuri.org.