Areas of interest: Crafts Management, Community Rehabilitation and Organization Building
Sushma Iyengar is a social activist and a recipient of ‘Gondhia Award for Social Work’ in 1996, by Young Men’s Gandhian Association. She did her Masters in Literature from MS University, Baroda and a three year Masters’ programme in the USA at Cornell University. She has founded and led Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan, as an organization of rural women, and initiated processes for mobilizing, organizing and training rural women, as well as organization building. This is an organization dedicated to improve the plight of women in Kutch. Her other organizations, SETU – a network of 18 grass root, resource facilitation centres in clusters of 15-20 villages across the district of Kutch, K-LINK – an information communication technology organization which works to make ICTs accessible, and applicable to developmental needs, and Khamir, works on empowerment of craftspeople. She leads through her transformative action in the area of gender justice, cultural identity, traditional livelihoods, and local governance. Other concerns like Ms Iyengar is also a Co-founder of Kutch Nav Nirman Abhiyan – commonly known as Abhiyan – a District Network of developmental, civil society organizations in Kutch District, Gujarat State. She is a Recipient of ‘Gondhia Award for Social Work’ for 1996, by Young Men’s Gandhian Association and many other national and international recognition.