Our partners

Hindustan Zinc Ltd

Hindustan Zinc is India’s largest and the world’s second-largest zinc-lead miner. With more than 50 years of operational experience, Hindustan Zinc aims at enhancing the quality of life and economic well-being of communities around its operations. The organization has been supporting children, youth, farmers & women of its communities across 189 villages near its operations in Rajasthan & in Uttarakhand. The various initiatives have impacted the lives of more than 5 lac people and the organization continues to carry out projects in close partnerships with the Government, local communities, and credible NGOs. such as Manjari Foundation (UPAYa’s parent organization)

Manjari Foundation

Manjari Foundation is a non-profit organization working in India since 2015, focusing on alleviating poverty, social injustice, and exclusion. We focus on the empowerment of women because they are disproportionately affected by poverty and discrimination.
We do this through well-planned and comprehensive projects in, livelihoods, gender, health, education, disaster preparedness, and response and have impacted over 85625 rural families through promoting 7315 Self Help groups and 21 Federations/FPO in 743 villages in 10 districts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttrakhand.

Women Institutions are the significant drivers for poverty alleviation as well as to increase the well-being of rural women. Women also suffer abuse and violations in the realization of their rights, entitlements, and access and control over resources. Also, experience shows that, when we strived to equip them with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities overcome poverty, marginalization, and social injustice. Empowering women can change the entire landscape, making women self-reliant, self-employed, and empowering them through entrepreneurial skills.


Sakhi, a women empowerment initiative led by Hindustan Zinc in partnership with Manjari Foundation, is geared towards mobilizing women into self-help groups and developing their capacities around skill development, leadership, and entrepreneurship. So far, the initiative has formed 2159 SHGs with a membership of about 26,560 women with total savings of Rs 9.35 Crore and cumulative loans of Rs 26.9 Crore including credit of Rs 3.41 Crore leveraged from banks. Moreover, to provide sustainable livelihood opportunities to these SHG women- apparel, spice, pulses, dairy & pickle-based micro-enterprise units have been set up by the organization.

Sakhi received the Grant Thornton SABERA 2019 award, “Best CSR initiative for women at @ ASSOCHAM4India, CSR Excellence Award 2018 under Women Empowerment Category, Danik Jagran CSR award 2018, and CSR leadership award 2018.