CDS reaches 1,81,000 clients and beneficiaries. As at 31st March 2011
CDS has crossed an important
stage reaching 1,81,000 poor
and below poverty line clients,
working all alone with limited
funds and staff

These loans are made through Self Help Groups that meets weekly to learn basic business skills and work together so that all may succeed. These groups of 10 to 20 women co-guarantee each others loan of Rs. 10,000/- to Rs. 5,000/-. Peer pressure and group support keep the repayment rates on these loans close to 100%.

The women leaders lead their group and many start lending groups in their neighbours.

They work with CDS staff to bring economic opportunity and empowerment to other women.Poor female entrepreneurs use approximately 92% of their extra income to improve their children's health and education.