Operations of Lupin Foundation began with the establishment of a center at Bharatpur in Rajasthan on 2nd October 1988, which gradually spread to other areas of the state and beyond. Lupin had no business interest in Bharatpur, but only to address its backwardness as well as to tap its potential to adapt and accept innovative solutions and evolve sustainable, dynamic district development model.
Since its initiation, the center focused on extreme poverty and was able to lift a considerable number of BPL families above the poverty line in the district through this poverty eradication approach. During the course of action, villages adopted by Lupin Foundation have turned into livelihood hubs with bustling rural entrepreneurial activity. Bharatpur, which was not aware of bee-keeping before Lupin intervention, has now emerged as the second highest honey producing district in India.
Building on the years of operation, the center was able to develop distinct models of livelihood development and the district development. These two models have a wide potential of replicating in other backward areas. The beginning of the center was very humble. In the first year of operation, the center covered 33 villages. Today, it is the biggest in terms of outreach which covers 1,836 villages, 14 blocks and 5 districts.
Though two villages of Alwar district were taken up in the first year itself, a separate center was established in 1994. The center was operated through its sister organisation, MSGD. It began work in 15 villages of two blocks - Rajgarh and Kathumar. Over the years, Alwar expanded its work in other parts, currently operating in 170 villages of eight blocks as can be seen in the graphics. In the initial period of the centre, it was more involved in rural infrastructure building activities.
These include building houses for poor under Indira AwasYojana, pavement road (Khorana) construction and drinking water system under Janta Jal Yojna and similar infrastructure building works. The center adopted a livelihood approach since 1996-97. Gradually, the center initiated activities in different sectors of the intervention of rural development. Currently, Alwar center covers nine blocks and 215 villages in the district.
Bhopal centre of Lupin Foundation was established in 1995-96. It adopted villages in Vidisha and Raisen district at the request of local people and district administration. Since 2008, Lupin Foundation adopted poverty alleviation approach through community based rural development model. Consequently, SHG (Self Help Group) programme was launched, which has now emerged as a model program in the entire MP state.
Similarly, agriculture advancement and check-dam construction programs were taken up through farmer’s club. The Youth skill training program was also launched for promoting rural industries. The center is currently operative in 70 villages of five blocks of the two districts in Madhya Pradesh, with the primary objective being poverty reduction through economic development programs.
Lupin Foundation initiated rural development work in Maharashtra in 2000 with the establishment of a center in Sindhudurg district. The work was initiated in five blocks of the two districts in Konkan through this centre. The Initial focus was on women empowerment through SHG formation and agricultural extension. Now, the intervention in the area has expanded both in terms of reach as well as activities with the adoption of a holistic development approach covering key sectors of the rural economy.
The centre has been able to achieve an emotional connect with the villagers. The centre has developed a model of sustainable dairy development, which includes complete cycle right from installation of biogas and use of slurry generated from it as organic fertilizer leading to increased crop production including fodder. From mere 30 villages in 2000, the centre now covers 350 villages. The number of blocks it covered increased from 5 at the time of inception to 8 at present.
Pune has emerged as one of the most important centers of Lupin Foundation since its establishment in 2004. The center is operational in 52 villages belonging to two blocks in the district. It began with the objective of carrying out rural developmental work in the villages near R & D facility of Lupin in Mulshi block, and the center has now extended its operations to Junnar block too.
The center has secured various development projects as an implementing partner such as TDF-Wadi, IGWDP and Add-on SHG programme through NABARD. It has established a training center at Vandre, where trainings on various topics related to rural development are regularly conducted for NGOs and CSR wings of corporates.
Lupin Foundation has undertaken major development intervention in Dhule district in partnership with its sister organization, Desh Bandhu & Manju Gupta Foundation (DBMGF). The intervention aims to build a model for the development of backward districts in India. Implementation of this ambitious programme is underway with a focus on speed and scale in terms of reach.
Titled as ‘Change India Programme’, the intervention has covered more than 95 percent of the villages in the district. Apart from supporting DBMGF in Change India Programme, Lupin Foundation also has its separate operations in Dhule, which involve the implementation of major government projects, such as IWMP, WSHG and others.
In 2012, Lupin Foundation established a center at Nandurbar to cover the most backward districts in terms of HDI report in Maharashtra. Nandurbar is also a district with the highest percentage of the tribal population in the State.
NABARD has chosen Lupin Foundation as its implementing partner for WSHG programme in the district. The center has done remarkable work in terms of fund mobilization and women empowerment through SHG.
The center is currently operational in 232 villages of 3 blocks of the district.
We are operational in the most difficult hilly terrain of Uttarakhand through our center at Rishikesh. The center carries out CSR work with the holistic development approach in the service area that comprises Doiwala and Sahaspur blocks in Dehradun district.
The center played a remarkable role in the rehabilitation period in the post-disaster period in 2013. With very limited resources available, Lupin Foundation reaches out to the remotest of places to serve and help people. This year, the centre has implemented activities in 27 villages situated in the hilly and remote areas of the state.
LHWRF began CSR operations in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra in January 2011. Currently, the initiative covers 20 villages of Aurangabad and Kannad blocks of the district covering a total population of 22,765. Selection of the villages in the district has been done on parameters such as percentage of the BPL families, SC and ST families in the village as well as the prevalence of land degradation, rain-fed farming and poor health, hygiene and sanitation.
These villages were selected after situational analysis through PRA methods and the work only initiated once the Gram Sabha approved and demonstrated a willingness to support CSR operations. The main sectors covered by the center include agriculture, animal husbandry, non-farm livelihoods, women empowerment, health, education and infrastructure. The center has also established rural mart in the district.
LHWRF extended its development operations in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh in October 2011. Major sectors in which LHWRF has launched development interventions are Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Women Empowerment and Rural Infrastructure.
Currently, the development work is underway in 17 villages of 3 Gram Panchayats within Nalcha block of the district. These villages have a complete tribal population and they house 1,312 families out of which 835 falls below the poverty line. Primary crops grown in these villages include soybean, maize in rainy season while wheat and gram in rabbi season.
Most of the families are small landholders and, on an average, they hold 1-4 acres of land. Often they also rely on local breeds of cows and buffaloes for supplementing their income.
Lupin has its manufacturing site at Dabhasa in Vadodara district of Gujarat. In 2014, LHWRF began its CSR operations in Vadodara district by setting up a center at Dabhasa which is the first center of LHWRF in Gujarat.
In the first year, various activities were implemented in the 18 villages of Vadodara district and within a short span, the center has done significant work in agriculture, animal husbandry, rural industries promotion, education and health. Understandably, the nature of work at this juncture revolves around rapport building with the community.
In 2014, LHWRF initiated a development programme at its plant location in Ankleshwar. This is LHWRF’s second center in Gujarat. Initially, to assess the needs of the people, Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) exercise was carried out with the help of Krishi Vigyan Kendra.
After the exercise, 14 villages were identified for the intervention activities. These villages are mainly inhabited by tribal people who are poor. The center has taken a big leap in a short span and done commendable work in various sectors such as agriculture, animal husbandry, rural industries promotion, health and education.
Lupin has its API manufacturing facility at Boisar in newly created Palghar district of Maharashtra. Situated in north Konkan, adjoining Gujarat, the district is mainly inhabited by tribal population. LHWRF began its work in the district in 2014 and in this first year itself, activities were initiated in 12 villages with the aim of image building and rapport development with the residents of villages located near the facility.
In FY2014-15, LHWRF launched CSR intervention in 19 villages of Bhiwapur block of Nagpur district, near the plant location at Nagpur. Apart from providing services to nearby villages of the factory location, the center has also taken up far-flung project affected villages with displaced population and doing remarkable work.
In 2014, LHWRF began its CSR operations in Pernem block of Goa. The centre is working in coordination with the Sindhudurg centre, which is operational in the proximate area. CSR work here is in a nascent stage and currently, the center has a presence in 18 villages. The flagship programmes of the center are the establishment and running of Physiotherapy Centre.
In FY2014-15, LHWRF initiated development programme under CSR in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir. The programme has spread over 15 villages and 2 Gram Panchayats in the Purmandal block of the district. Despite its embryonic stage, during the reporting period, Jammu center covered 529 families out of which 197 (37%) were BPL families.
Our Vishakhapatnam (Vizag) center is the youngest member of the LHWRF family and was established in FY 2016. The center seeks to create programs on the rural poor in the Vishakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh. The Vizag center has already initiated programs in collaboration with another company’s CSR wing. Two model schools are already under development with the Foundation providing required infrastructural support. The center covers 12 villages in the district.