MAST

Market Aligned Skills Training

AIF’s flagship livelihoods program, Market Aligned Skills Training (MAST), leverages technology to equip underprivileged youth, marginalized rural women, Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and nano-entrepreneurs with the knowledge, skills, and financial and market linkages they need to find employment, run businesses, launch micro-enterprises, and earn a dignified living.

Since it began in 2005, MAST has paved the way for the Ability Based Livelihood Empowerment (ABLE) program, which aims to create more opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in the job market, and promote inclusive growth in India

Why MAST

Why MAST

Set to be world’s most populous country by 2025, India is primed to reap a “demographic dividend” from its young population. Yet millions of young people come to cities from disadvantaged backgrounds with little to no prior education and lack the basic skills to obtain gainful employment. At the same time, the parallel expansion of India’s high-growth industries requires increased workforce participation from women - currently only at 33% in comparison to 67% men in 2022 (Source: Statista)– resulting in a fundamental imbalance in the labor market. Skills development, dignified employment, and enterprise management, especially for street vendors and nano entrepreneurs hold the key to India’s ability to activate the vast potential of its population for inclusive growth and to evolve as the hub of the global economy.

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How MAST works

How MAST works

MAST is creating a workforce of skilled professionals; empowering rural women to build their social identity and financial capital, and also enabling street vendors and other nano-enterprises, to resurrect their livelihoods in a post-pandemic era through:

Market scans that enable creation of job opportunities as well as micro-enterprises and MAST works with key ecosystem players to create a viable and sustainable livelihoods model for the communities. The program also works closely with employers to develop the market-aligned training curricula to create a workforce of skilled youth to meet the growing demands of diversified local industries.

Catalyzing a technology-enabled, inclusive, and adaptive skilling ecosystem, aims to sustain jobs, and remote job creation, linking the targeted beneficiaries with aspirational jobs in technology, banking, and travel; facilitating their transition, and acclimatizing them to the newly acquired remote jobs through the innovative Remote Employment (REMO) Centers.

Creation of an ecosystem to identify systemic gaps in enterprise creation for women, build their entrepreneurial capabilities, provide linkages with FinTechs and build market linkages to create a unique logistics network where opportunities are being sourced from all over the country and all over the globe.

Empowering street vendors through project Entre-Prerana by facilitating formal registration, access to low-cost capital through banks, and linkages to new markets and e-commerce platforms. The project also utilizes an innovative AI-enabled underwriting and loan disbursal platform that provides loans through a real-time process and removes barriers like long duration of loan approvals, and default in loan repayment.

Creating a workforce skilled in sectors such as renewable energy, environment, climate change, sustainable development, and waste management to accelerate India's transition from a carbon-intensive economy to a greener economy, improve social equity, and raise the standard of living.

The MAST Cumulative Impact

  • 109,018

    Jobs created for disadvantaged youth across Retail, IT, Geriatric Care, Electrical, Automotive, and Other Industries
  • 1,108,476

    Disadvantaged youth, women trained in market-relevant skills
  • 265

    Skilling centers established
  • 666,479

    Street vendors and nano-entrepreneurs empowered through Entre-Prerana
  • 296,790

    Loans disbursed

Our Contributors

Adobe

AIF’s project with Adobe aims to eliminate undernutrition and significantly enhance early childhood education outcomes amongst children under-6 yrs in Gyaraspur block of aspirational district of Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh.

Key Outcomes

1. 90% reduction in prevalence of wasting and underweight amongst children under-6 yrs and improved nutrition practices amongst communities.

2. 90% children (in 4 to under-6) become school ready and successfully transition to primary Schools.

3. Adoption of the integrated model (or specific components) of health, nutrition, education and livelihoods by governments or other institutions for implementation at scale.

Bank of America

AIF’s Livelihood Project, Entre-Prerana - an intervention at the confluence of digital, financial, and market linkages, is designed to revive the livelihoods of 1 million street vendors across India. Supported by Bank of America, Entre-Prerana is being implemented across Delhi, Jaipur, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Telangana. Utilizing an engaging and innovative AI-enabled underwriting and loan disbursal platform, AIF’s Entre-Prerana is empowering street vendors to revive their livelihoods in the post-pandemic era. The Project is transforming the lives of street vendors by mainstreaming their businesses through formal registration, providing access to low-cost capital through banks, and linkages to new markets and e-commerce platforms. Engage to Empower is a long-term career support intervention focused on upgrading, upskilling, and facilitating dignified job opportunities that aim to rebuild the lives of women, Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), and youth from marginalized communities, disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Through the intervention, AIF’s Market Aligned Skills Training (MAST) Program in partnership with Bank of America, is facilitating co-learning and knowledge sharing for focused self-development and career planning with post-placement support for 3.5 years. Designed to deliver volunteer training and mentoring by the Bank of America employees in Full Stack Development, Data Analytics, Banking, Financial Services, Insurance (BFSI), and other upcoming sectors, it aims to nurture professional development, workplace readiness, and cultural transition for the identified vulnerable groups.

BlackRock

Engage to Empower is a long-term career support intervention focused on upgrading, upskilling, and facilitating dignified job opportunities that aim to rebuild the lives of women, Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), and youth from marginalized communities, disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Through the intervention, AIF’s Market Aligned Skills Training (MAST) Program in partnership with BlackRock, is facilitating co-learning and knowledge sharing for focused self-development and career planning with post-placement support for 3.5 years. Designed to deliver volunteer training and mentoring by BlackRock employees in Full Stack Development, Data Analytics, Banking, Financial Services, Insurance (BFSI), and other upcoming sectors, it aims to nurture professional development, workplace readiness, and cultural transition for the identified vulnerable groups.

Dell Technologies

American India Foundation in Partnership with Dell Technologies is implementing a Future Workspace Skills project that aims to build workforce readiness in college-going girls and persons with disabilities. The Project, designed to catalyze a technology-enabled, inclusive, and adaptive skilling ecosystem, aims to sustain remote job creation, linking the targeted beneficiaries with aspirational jobs in technology, banking, and travel; facilitating their transition, and acclimatizing them to the newly acquired remote jobs through the innovative Remote Employment (REMO) Centers. The training curriculum, certified by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and DELL Tech., offers an exclusive curriculum created by subject experts and industry mentors on subjects such as communication skills, life skills, corporate grooming and etiquette, MS Office, workplace readiness, resume writing, and interview preparedness through a cutting-edge technology enabled Learning Management System (LMS).

EXL Service.com (I) Pvt. Ltd

Since 2016, AIF in partnership with EXL, through the Livelihoods Skills Development Project - Prashast (प्रशस्त: Expansive, all-embracing), has been successfully leveraging an industry-aligned training curriculum on Data Analytics, and Business Process Management, to nurture the vast potential of underprivileged youth and women, trained to meet the growing demands of diversified local industries.

Franklin Templeton

Aimed at creating an independent cadre of trained caregivers, Geriatric Care Aide project supported by Franklin Templeton is meeting the growing demands of the country’s healthcare system to bridge the gap between caregivers and the elderly population. Aimed at creating an independent cadre of trained caregivers, Geriatric Care Aide project supported by Franklin Templeton has so far trained more than 240 youths from marginalized communities, providing them access to sustainable livelihoods. The project was also conferred with the Gold Award for its outstanding performance in the Health Skilling Brand Category at the IHW awards 2020. Geriatric Care Aide is being implemented by AIF under its flagship Market Aligned Skills Training (MAST) Program that works to provide unemployed youth with comprehensive skills training to address India’s growing need for skilled manpower.

HDFC Bank Ltd

AIF in partnership with HDFC Bank Ltd is supporting 5 junior Colleges with Skilling courses training. The Skilling intervention begins by equipping 5 Junior colleges with 10 computer centers, providing a Computer laboratory to enhance student learning that reaches approximately 200 students across 5 Junior colleges. A well-rounded curriculum on Business Process Management, Graphics and print Design & Life Skills and English communication equips the beneficiaries with technical skills in Microsoft office- Word, Excel & Powerpoint.

Hindustan Unilever Limited

Supported by Hindustan Unilever Limited, AIF is implementing the project "Prabhat Livelihood Center" across Etah, Sumerpur in Uttar Pradesh, and Haridwar in Uttarakhand. The project is actively bridging the gap between vocational education and industry needs by developing life skills of women, linking them with dignified jobs and self-employment opportunities, and improving their self-confidence. Implemented under AIF’s flagship Livelihoods Program-Market Aligned Skills Training Program, the Project has transformed the lives of 2,369 women and youth from the marginalized and economically weaker section of the society. The goal of the project is to Influence the skilling and employment ecosystem for inclusion and empowerment of youth from the marginalized and economically weaker section of the society.

Jay Chawdhury

The Project with Jay Chawdhury Grant aims to work with street vendors in 8 locations (Jaipur, Delhi, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Patna, Kanpur, Ajmer, Ahmedabad) in 6 different states (Rajasthan, Delhi, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Gujratl) AIF’s Livelihood Project, Entre-Prerana - an intervention at the confluence of digital, financial, and market linkages, is designed to revive the livelihoods of 1 million street vendors across India. With the support of Jay Chawdhury, Entre-Prerana is being implemented across8 locations Rajasthan, Delhi, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Gujrat. Utilizing an engaging and innovative AI-enabled underwriting and loan disbursal platform, AIF’s Entre-Prerana is empowering street vendors to revive their livelihoods in the post-pandemic era. The Project is transforming the lives of street vendors by mainstreaming their businesses through formal registration, providing access to low-cost capital through banks, and linkages to new markets and e-commerce platforms.

MacArthur Foundation (Street Vendor Project)

AIF’s Livelihood Project, Entre-Prerana - an intervention at the confluence of digital, financial, and market linkages, is designed to revive the livelihoods of 1 million street vendors across India. With the support of Bank of America, Entre-Prerana is being implemented across Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal) . Utilizing an engaging and innovative AI-enabled underwriting and loan disbursal platform, AIF’s Entre-Prerana is empowering street vendors to revive their livelihoods in the post-pandemic era. The Project is transforming the lives of street vendors by mainstreaming their businesses through formal registration, providing access to low-cost capital through banks, and linkages to new markets and e-commerce platforms.

Oak Foundation

The Big Bets Collaborative (BBC) is a consortium of organizations, namely, American India Foundation (AIF), Centre for Education and Communication (CEC), Mulberry, Grassroots Tea Corporation (GTC), SELCO, Start Up!, Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF, The GOAT Trust and SwitchON Foundation, is an initiative with the Oak Foundation. These organizations have come together to work towards strengthening the ecosystem for Rural Women Entrepreneurs (RWEs). The BBC is one such platform that will design, implement, and establish enabling eco-systems and solutions for RWEs, such that they collectively lead value chains that are inclusive and committed to low-carbon economic prosperity. By doing so, BBC will seek to, a) demonstrate models of gender-inclusive entrepreneurship, b) make a business case for how entrepreneurship can be a vehicle of gender empowerment and c) showcase how rural women business leaders can take society forward as part of their business success.

Sarva Mangal Family Trust supported by MSI

AIF’s Center of Excellence, located at the Government Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Rewari, is paving the way for youth, women, and persons with disabilities from marginalized communities to access skilling, upskilling, and mentoring, along with placement and employment opportunities in the sectors of IT, electricals and electronics, logistics, data entry, and data management. Through the Center of Excellence, AIF, in partnership with government ITI, Rewari and with the support of Sarva Mangal Family Trust (MSI), over a course of three years, aims to train 1,200 beneficiaries and link 1,125 with sustainable livelihoods and also enable 75 entrepreneurs to set up their own businesses. AIF’s Livelihood Project, Entre-Prerana - an intervention at the confluence of digital, financial, and market linkages, is designed to revive the livelihoods of 1 million street vendors across India. Supported by Sarva Mangal Family Trust (MSI), Entre-Prerana is being implemented across Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka. Utilizing an engaging and innovative AI-enabled underwriting and loan disbursal platform, AIF’s Entre-Prerana is empowering street vendors to revive their livelihoods in the post-pandemic era. The Project is transforming the lives of street vendors by mainstreaming their businesses through formal registration, providing access to low-cost capital through banks, and linkages to new markets and e-commerce platforms.

Shahnaz Taplin Women’s Empowerment Fund

Technologically enabling Rural Women to grow as future entrepreneurs, AIF, in partnership with the State Rural Livelihood Mission, Government of Madhya Pradesh (MP-SRLM), aims to bring a special focus on upskilling and transitioning of Self-Help-Groups (SHGs) into Rural Women Enterprises and Start-ups. The Project will work at an ecosystem level to identify systemic gaps in enterprise creation for women, build their entrepreneurial capabilities, provide linkages with FinTechs and build market linkages to create a unique logistics network where opportunities are being sourced from all over the country and all over the globe. Establishing a state-of-the-art Center of Excellence, AIF will also empower rural women by equipping the existing SHGs with business management training on upscaling, building sustainability, financial literacy, and tech-empowered innovations. The Project, supported by Shahnaz Taplin Women’s Empowerment Fund, will be implemented under AIF’s flagship livelihoods program Market Aligned Skills Training (MAST). Ownership of a micro-enterprise will give a multitude of rural women a platform to build their social identity and financial capital. With the right infusion of tools, resources, and support, women micro-entrepreneurs will play a significant role in job creation, flipping the gender indices, and boosting the economy. The intervention aims to impact an ambitious 460,000+ SHGs in the long run.

Tasty Bite Foundation

Resurrecting the lives and livelihoods upended by the pandemic, AIF's Sustainable Integrated Rural Development Project under the Livelihoods Program is focusing on the digital empowerment of women in remote rural areas, through a comprehensive, 5-module based Computer Course. Within 3-months, covering topics ranging from introduction to computers, internet research, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power-Point Presentations, the Project empowers candidates with no previous technical knowledge of computers, to handle complex tasks of data entry, data validation, report preparation, while also equipping them in financial literacy and communications skills. The Project, supported by the Tasty Bite Foundation and implemented under AIF’s flagship program Market Aligned Skills Training (MAST), aims to empower 500 women with dignified livelihoods over a period of 2 years.

Vandana and Vivek Sharma Family Foundation

Supported by Vandana and Vivek Sharma Family Foundation, AIF’s Livelihoods intervention aims to

Train women in the skills of pattern making using the MasterG Breaking Pattern Curriculum.

To help women learn industry-standard requirements and updated techniques.

Generate sustainable livelihood opportunities by connecting them to fashion brands and facilitating other market linkages.

Our Partners

New Association of Street Vendors of India

The National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) registered as New Association of Street Vendors of India in 2003 under the Societies registration Act of 1860 in Patna, Bihar. NASVI works to bring together the street vendor organizations in India so as to collectively struggle for macro-level changes which had become imminent to support the livelihood of around 10 million vendors. NASVI works for creating a supportive environment for the street vendors to carry out their legitimate vending.

Sparsha Trust

Sparsha Trust is a non-profit voluntary organization registered in 2005 with the vision to enhance the quality and responsiveness of the educational experience for all children regardless of their home backgrounds, so that they learn with fullness and actualize their potential as active and empowered members of the contemporary world. For the year 2022-25 AIF will be doing the training and livelihoods of 2500 beneficiaries in association with SPARSHA Trust.

Meet The Team

Kamesh Sanghi

Director, Livelihoods

Bandana Rai

Head - Strategic Initiatives, Livelihoods

Vaishali

Head - Training, Quality and Standardization, Livelihoods

Anurag Shukla

Program Manager - Livelihoods

Bismaya Ranjan Nayak

Project Manager - Skilling and Livelihoods

Chidananda G

Regional Manager - Skilling & Livelihoods

Ishita Rastogi

Manager - Communications, Livelihoods

Krishnendu Mandal

Project Manager - Skilling and Livelihoods

Kumar Rajnish

National Manager - Green Livelihoods

Pallavi Kolte Kekre

Senior Manager Program - Rural Women Entrepreneurship, Livelihoods

Priya M

Project Manager - Livelihoods

Shweta Singh

Program Manager - Livelihoods

Trupti Kantilal Kucheriya

Senior Program Manager - Skilling and Livelihoods

Bandana Rai

Head - Strategic Initiatives, Livelihoods

Bandana Rai is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience in diverse fields such as Hospitality & Tourism, Business Development, Education Management, Leadership Development, and Social Entrepreneurship. She currently heads strategic initiatives for the Livelihoods division at AIF.
Throughout her career, Bandana has demonstrated a strong foundation in people and crisis management, which she considers as core pillars for achieving success in any new environment she ventures into. She thrives on challenges, viewing them as opportunities to sharpen her skills and uncover inbuilt potential.
Bandana is a strategic thinker who uniquely converts concepts into tangible realities on the ground. Before joining AIF, she dedicated her efforts to working with rural women and marginalized farmers, championing causes such as reverse migration and promoting climate-smart agrotourism and allied services.
Bandana, renowned for her strategic prowess, passion for travel, and dedication as a social-preneur, leads development and communication at AIF to maximize impact. With her extensive experience and unwavering commitment to social causes, she plays a vital role in empowering AIF and enriching the communities it serves.

Ishita Rastogi

Manager - Communications, Livelihoods

Ishita is the Manager of communication at AIFT. She comes with 4+ years of experience in the field of offline & online marketing, communication strategy, brand management, media planning, operations, and research, across industries.
She has led multiple projects & has driven impact with a combination of creative & data analytics skills. Ishita has had the privilege of working with several fast-paced startups in India and global organizations like Dentsu, Group-M, and Triller Inc. She has a degree in Media and communications from Symbiosis Center for Media & Communications, Pune.
Ishita has been a part of several award-winning marketing campaigns & has undertaken a global Google | NextGen Leadership Program wherein she graduated with merit. Her work as a marketing & communication professional has led her to gainfully collaborate with a diaspora of stakeholders within and outside India. When not working, Ishita enjoys meditating, painting, and binge-exploring conspiracy theories.

Kumar Rajnish

National Manager - Green Livelihoods

Kumar Rajnish is the National Manager of Green Livelihoods at AIFT India's Office in Delhi NCR. Prior to AIFT, Kumar Rajnish worked as the National Programme Coordinator with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India in New Delhi.
He is a seasoned professional renowned for his pivotal role in shaping and executing groundbreaking initiatives. Notably, he played an integral role in formulating, designing, and implementing the Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) in 2017 under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. This pioneering initiative garnered significant recognition and appreciation when the Prime Minister of India commended it during the United Nations Champions of the Earth Award ceremony in 2018.
Rajnish's impressive track record extends to the successful coordination of inter-ministerial meetings, collaboration with multiple Central Ministries for the implementation of Mission Lifestyle for Environment (LiFE), and the sensitization of over 2,00,000 school/college students. With over 17 years of experience in the environment and social development sector, he possesses a profound domain knowledge in health, hygiene, sanitation, environment, forest, and climate change and strong technical skills that have significantly contributed to project monitoring and delivery.
His extensive network of stakeholders, including international agencies, government organizations, NGOs, and academic institutions, facilitates data-driven decision support for policy-making. Rajnish's international exposure, reflected in projects and global engagements, underscores his unwavering commitment to advancing environmental and social development goals worldwide, with visits to countries such as the USA, UK, Singapore, Philippines, Mauritius, Nepal, New Zealand, and Afghanistan.

Pallavi Kolte Kekre

Senior Manager Program - Rural Women Entrepreneurship, Livelihoods

Pallavi Kolte Kekre is a Senior Manager for Rural Women Entrepreneurship at AIF. She boasts an impressive 18-year tenure as a development professional, having made significant contributions across various esteemed organizations. Her journey encompasses impactful roles at the United Nations Development Program, Sahbhagi Shikshan Kendra in Lucknow, Participatory Research in Asia in New Delhi, International Cooperative Alliance in New Delhi, Atal Bihari Institute of Good Governance and Policy Analysis (AIGGPA), and Action for Social Advancement in Bhopal.
Pallavi has demonstrated a relentless pursuit of results, adept project management skills, and exemplary team leadership throughout her career. Her expertise includes robust organizational abilities and effective communication, all underpinned by a strategic vision to ensure streamlined project execution. Above all, she remains committed to delivering excellence while fostering fruitful stakeholder collaborations.

Anurag Shukla

Program Manager - Livelihoods

Anurag Shukla is a Program Manager - Livelihoods at AIF, based in Delhi. He carries a distinguished postgraduate degree in Business Management from ICFAI University and has an impressive track record of 12 years in the Education and Skill Development sector.
Anurag brings a wealth of valuable expertise to his pivotal role at AIF. Before joining AIF in July 2023, he held esteemed positions at ICFAI Group as an Assistant Manager of Operations and at Labournet Services India Pvt. Ltd. as the Territory Manager for North operations, further solidifying his comprehensive understanding of operational strategies and management.

Vaishali

Head - Training, Quality and Standardization, Livelihoods

Vaishali is the Head of Training, Quality, and Standardization at AIFT. She holds a Master's in Social work and has over 14 years of experience in project design and operations, monitoring and evaluation, due diligence, documentation, capacity building, training, and donor engagement.
Prior to joining AIF, she contributed to four other organizations in the fields of Education, Child Protection, and Livelihood, demonstrating her versatile expertise and commitment to social development.

Shweta Singh

Program Manager - Livelihoods

Shweta Singh is a Program Manager - Livelihoods at AIF. With a rich background spanning 10 years in roles of increasing responsibility within the Livelihood and Skilling sector, Shweta brings a wealth of experience and expertise.
Beginning her career in the development sector, Shweta has seamlessly transitioned over the last decade, honing skills in team management, youth skilling, documentation, and training. She comes to AIF from Concern India Foundation, where she served as Manager of Program Design, providing leadership and support to the team.

Priya M

Project Manager - Livelihoods

Priya M is a Project Officer with AIF. She has over 5 years of experience in managing projects related to children and women and a strong background in office management, reporting, documentation, and team building. Priya has successfully worked in more than 150 communities across Bengaluru’s urban and rural districts. Her expertise lies in coordinating meetings and projects, improving procedures, streamlining daily functions, and strengthening relationships with colleagues, project heads, and partners. Priya’s dedication and skills have consistently contributed to the success and efficiency of the projects she has managed.

Krishnendu Mandal

Project Manager - Skilling and Livelihoods

Krishnendu Mandal is a Project Manager - Skilling & Livelihoods, AIF, based in Jharkhand. With over 7 years of extensive experience in progressively demanding positions, Mr. Mandal has demonstrated expertise in managing substantial Livelihood Programs focused on Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, SHG Development, Watershed Development, FPO, Rural Development, Entrepreneurship, MGNREGA, and CSR initiatives.
Beginning his career as a Civil Engineer with a specialization in Technical Expertise within the Development Sector, he has smoothly transitioned into the development realm over the past decade. His journey has seen the honing of his program management skills, significantly contributing to larger causes. Notable among his skills are leadership, stakeholder management, and strategic planning, which he has nurtured over the years.
Prior to his current position at AIF, Krishnendu held a pivotal role at Access Livelihoods, where he led the West Bengal State chapter for the Entrepreneurship Development Project - SIDBI - Swavalamban Connect Kendra 2.0 as a State Project Manager – West Bengal. In this capacity, he provided instrumental leadership in program implementation and stakeholder engagement. He has contributed to organizations such as LKP, TRIF, KGVK, and ASA.
He is currently pursuing a MACSR and holds a Master of Arts in Rural Development along with a B.Tech in Civil Engineering.

Trupti Kantilal Kucheriya

Senior Program Manager - Skilling and Livelihoods

Trupti Kucheriya is a Senior Program Manager for Skilling and Livelihoods, based in Pune. With a remarkable career spanning over 14 years, She has held increasingly responsible roles within the Skill Development, IT, and Social Development sectors.
Initiating her professional journey in the Information Technology sector, Ms. Kucheriya adeptly transitioned into the development space over the past decade. Her passion for Skill Development is evident in her substantial contributions to the Government of Maharashtra’s Skill Development Department, where she has been a pivotal force in advancing the larger cause.
Over the years, she has cultivated expertise in Stakeholder Management, Project Management, Issue Resolution, and Data Analysis, making her a valuable asset to any team. Her recent role at Synergie as the Head of Operations (West and South Zone) saw her leading on-ground project implementation and execution in various domains such as Road Safety training, Advocacy, Skill Development, Education, Sustainability, and Healthcare. During her tenure as the Skill Mission Officer with the Government of Maharashtra’s Skill Development Department, Trupti honed her skills in navigating government processes and building effective rapport with diverse stakeholders.

Bismaya Ranjan Nayak

Project Manager - Skilling and Livelihoods

Bismaya Ranjan Nayak is a Project Manager - Skilling and Livelihoods at AIF, based in Odisha. He has an extensive 16-year tenure in progressively challenging positions within Project Implementation. Commencing his professional journey in Retail Sales, Education, and Livelihood in the Rural sector, Bismaya smoothly transitioned into the development space over the past decade.
Throughout his professional journey, Bismaya has refined his expertise in developing initiatives aimed at empowering unemployed youth, thereby significantly contributing to the broader societal cause. He has nurtured Project Management skills, through engagement with Government Bodies and Stakeholders, which stand as a testament to his skill set.
Bismaya joined AIF from Sambhav Foundation, where he held the role of Territory Manager, Odisha, showcasing his leadership and operational prowess. Before this, he made notable contributions to organizations such as Gras Education & Training, Dr. Reddy’s Foundation, and Eureka Forbes Ltd.

Chidananda G

Regional Manager - Skilling & Livelihoods

Chidananda G. is a Regional Manager - Skilling and Livelihoods, based in Bangalore. His career spans an impressive 15 years across diverse domains such as Livelihoods, Entrepreneurship, Skill Development, Conservation, Tourism, Sales, and Research.
Commencing his career in the Conservation Research sector, Chidananda adeptly transitioned into the development space over the past decade, showcasing a keen dedication to contributing to broader societal causes. Throughout his professional journey, Chidananda has honed his skills and expertise, particularly in areas vital to the development sector.
His proficiency in program management, stakeholder engagement, and strategic planning has been instrumental in driving impactful initiatives. Chidananda joined AIF from Haqdarshak, where he led operations in Karnataka, overseeing the implementation of multi-donor projects aimed at delivering social entitlements across the state. Prior to this, he made significant contributions to organizations including WWF-India, Equitable Tourism Options, CARE India, and Pollinate Group.

Kamesh Sanghi

Director, Livelihoods

Kamesh Sanghi is Director of the Livelihoods team. He holds a M.B.A from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi.  Prior to joining AIF in 2019, he has worked for P.A.J Skill Development Centre

News And Updates

APR 14, 2023

Future of Livelihoods – AIF’s Annual Livelihoods Knowledge Event unpacks the Role of CSR in Building Women’s Livelihoods

New Delhi, March 16, 2023 : The American India Foundation, catalyzing social and economic change in India for the past 22 years, organized the annual Livelihoods knowledge event ‘Future of Livelihoods’ at Silver Oak, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi today. Starting with the Keynote address by the Chief Guest Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development and Minority Affairs, Government of India, the event addressed emerging gaps in women’s labor force participation, the inclusion of women with disability in the workforce, and the far-reaching impact of climate change on their livelihoods in the next decade.

MAR 02, 2022

American India Foundation partners with Hero Electric to upskill and create green jobs for youth, and micro-entrepreneurs in India

New Delhi [India], March 2 (ANI/BusinessWire India): India’s No.1 electric two-wheeler brand, Hero Electric, signs an MoU with the American India Foundation (AIF) to offer multiple high-impact skilling and training employment, and self-employment programs to service technicians, and roadside repair micro-entrepreneurs in India.

AUG 25, 2020

‘I finally own something’: wives of Indian rickshaw drivers steer the finances

Farida Begum’s face lights up as she talks about the day, four years ago, when she and her husband brought home a cycle rickshaw. To celebrate, they shared sweets with neighbours in their community on the southern outskirts of Lucknow, the capital of India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh.

Media

News And Updates

MAR 23, 2022

Today, I am earning and helping my family financially.

Zahid Abbas is a Geriatric Care Aide with a hospital in Noida, caring for patients who were stranded with no care during the virulent pandemic. He got a new lease of life after joining AIF’s Market Aligned Skills Training’s (MAST) Geriatric Care program. Zahid, like millions of youths from small rural and peri-urban towns barely managed to complete his secondary education with no steer of what the future held for him.

AUG 26, 2020

22 women of MAST produced and distributed 35,000 masks and 2,710 health and hygiene kits.

The Shahnaz Taplin Women Empowerment Fund supports AIF’s livelihood project in Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand. It is one of the districts reporting highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state, the first one being reported in May 2020.

AUG 25, 2020

Migrant workers’ woes upon homecoming.

Migrant workers across India have been facing a multitude of hardships during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. As the nation went under lockdown imposed by the government to curb the spread of infection, factories and workplaces had to shut down abruptly across the country.

Awards and Recognition

Livelihood Project - 'Entre-Prerana' won TheCSRUniverse Social Impact Awards 2022 in the Livelihood Category. 'Entre-Prerana' - intervention at the confluence of digital, financial, and market linkages to revive the livelihoods of 1 million street vendors, as key interventions, creating significant social impact in the society. Utilizing an engaging and innovative AI-enabled underwriting and loan disbursal platform, Entre-Prerana is empowering street vendors to revive their livelihoods in the post-pandemic era. The project has impacted close to 100,000 street vendors across 25 cities of the country.

MAST awarded the Best Performing Livelihoods Program of the Year 2020 at the TIME2LEAP AWARDS – MSME EDITION

MAST won the Gold Award for your outstanding performance in the Health Skilling Brand Category

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