Mahila Housing Trust

The Mahila Housing Trust (MHT) is improving urban built environments in poor communities through collective action. Since their establishment in 1994, they have mobilised women to exercise their civic rights and empowered them to take charge of their habitat improvement process. By forging unique relationships with poor communities and local governments, they have advanced access to basic services, promoted climate resilience, and deepened participatory governance.

MHT works in cities as well as rural areas across 9 states in India, to reach services to the poor and make their voices heard in city level planning and governance processes. MHT’s work has been recognized nationally and internationally and has received numerous awards such as the Ashden Award for Cooling in Informal Settlements, United Nations Global Climate Action Award for Women’s Action Towards Climate Resilience for Urban Poor in South Asia, and United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction, among many others.

Mahila Housing Trust’s projects