From day labourer to business owner – Kolping creates prospects

India is one of the fastest expanding national economies in the world. With a population of around 1,3 billion it is already the second most populous country of the world after China. This creates huge problems for this country, especially regarding poverty alleviation and deficits in education. Furthermore, the gap between the rich and the poor is immense, many of the social indicators of India lag far behind the average values of sub-Saharan Africa.

Kolping in India


The National Association of Kolping India was founded already in March 1981. Today, with its 37.500 members, that are organized in 3.125 Kolping Families, it is the National Association with the largest membership after Germany. Since then, Kolping is committed in areas that are so widely diversified as the country itself. We are active on the spot in very different projects:


Rural Development

Small Credits

Housing Program

Things improved with the help of the savings group

Selva Rani shows that even a small stone can set off an avalanche. Her husband is a locksmith and has a very low income. Before Selva joined Kolping, she was exclusively taking care of her children. But then, she got to know Kolping and became part of the savings group. She received a small credit of 70 euros and with this help she was selling sweets and fruits in front of a school. With these earnings she was soon able to rent a small shop. Now, she is the proud owner of a store and gains between a 100 and 130 euros per month. Thus, she can feed her family well. “I am very grateful to the Kolping Society that we could develop socially and economically!”

The assistance that Kolping provides together with the Families on the spot is as diverse as the country itself. Selva Rani is only one of many success stories. We are working together so that even more Kolping Families can build up an own existence.


Small loans make women strong: Kolping in India


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