Utkarsh Welfare Foundation

Utkarsh Welfare Foundation (UWF) was incorporated in August 2010 and is registered under sec 25 of companies’ act 1956. It aims to provide various services and products for the development and assistance to the underprivileged population of rural sectors with market linkage opportunities, education, health and vocational training program. UWF aims at empowering women, making them self-confident and enabling them into successful entrepreneurs.

UWF aims to make a meaningful and sustainable impact in the community through a multi-pronged service oriented market led approach. UWF has initiatives that focus on education, health, skill development, micro enterprise training and sustainable livelihoods.

Utkarsh Welfare Foundation has now been working closely with the community to provide various products and services with the aim to empower the underprivileged and underserved population in the low income geographies. Since its inception in August 2010, the institution has made consistent efforts in various sectors such as health, financial awareness skill development, micro enterprise training and sustainable livelihoods. UWF has made a meaningful and sustainable impact in the lives of the community through a multi thematic, service oriented market led approach.

The young organisation has already reached 2,30,508 people through its multi themed interventions. The geographical reach of UWF is spread across 3 states in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh with an aim to expand across 10 states within the next 2 years. Our efforts have further been strengthened with partnerships with multiple industry leaders like SIDBI PSIG, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Swiss Capacity Building Facility, Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank (FMO), ACCION and leading health service providers in our areas of intervention.

Vision: Be an institution of excellence in promoting holistic development through inclusive growth leading to greater participation in equitable socio-economic opportunities

Mission: To promote sustainable development through technology driven, impactful & scalable interventions in the identified thematic areas including primary healthcare, education, skill training, livelihoods, financial inclusion & environmental conservation.

The Foundation is in continuous efforts to positively impact the society particularly, underserved and under privileged communities in the area of its operations. Utkarsh Welfare Foundation has formulated policies for social development based on following guiding principles:

  1. Adopt an approach that aims at achieving a greater balance between social development and economic development.
  2. Adopt new measures to accelerate and ensure the basic needs of all people.
  3. Work towards elimination of barriers for the social inclusion of disadvantaged groups- such as the poor and the differently abled.
  4. Support underprivileged and underserved segments by providing financial and non-financial services through a socially responsible, sustainable and scalable initiatives delivered through appropriate technological.

Utkarsh Welfare Foundation has an intensive community engagement approach in its program intervention. Intensive approach entails capacity building and providing impact & outcomes oriented services interwoven around thematic areas of financial literacy, health services and enterprise promotion through skill building and vocational training of the last mile beneficiaries.

Utkarsh Welfare Foundation has collaborated and partnered with various national and international technical resource agencies such ACCION, IFC, ISMW, SIDBI, FMO, and SCBF which has given enriched experiences. It has improved the institutional learning curve and built the in-house capacity to develop knowledge toolkits and robust MIS systems such as, over the years UWF has developed robust MIS systems for the monitoring of projects.

Various cloud and web based tools are used for purpose of timely and effective monitoring and evaluation of the projects. Baseline and end line indicators are developed with support of technical resource agencies at beginning of the project for impact evaluation purposes.

With the assistance of ACCION lndia, a comprehensive MIS was developed for monitoring of field team. The trainers were all assigned user IDs and passwords. All registration forms were entered into the system and daily attendance was marked for every batch. Various reports were generated with details such as Branch wise monthly mobilization and members trained under the program. A dedicated project coordinator was appointed for field monitoring. Continuous field visits were undertaken to monitor the progress and the quality of training delivery. Major responsibilities of the Coordinator comprised of attending and addressing the operational challenges, motivate the field trainers, conduct impact assessment and document case studies etc. Besides this, the team leader had a daily tracker on the mobile through which the trainee’s movement and trainings were tracked. Surprise visits by senior team members of both Utkarsh Welfare Foundation and Utkarsh Micro Finance were also part of the monitoring mechanisms.