Sanjeev Kumar

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2013


This profile was prepared when Sanjeev Kumar was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
The New Idea
Sanjeev is using small animal husbandry of sheep, poultry and especially goats, to improve the livelihood, health, and rights of the poorest rural women in India. He sees opportunity in the low investment costs, quick growth and high liquidity of small animals to reduce poverty levels among the country’s many sheep and goat rearers, most of whom (70 percent) are small farmers or landless laborers and are women.

Sanjeev is building the enabling ecosystem for small animal husbandry. He is spreading the knowledge on best practices in rearing goats among women-run self-help group networks, enabling access to finance to the poorest for goat rearing, training a network of pashu sakhis (livestock nurses) to provide healthcare services for the animals, as well as build the supply chain and market linkages for the sale of goats and their by-products for small animal rearing women to be able to monetize their farm animals, leading to a drastic increase in quality of life.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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