Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA) empowers communities in remote rural areas of Northeast (NE) India by initiating rural development initiatives together with the villagers. SeSTA was conceived to put systematic effort towards the socio-economic development of NE by building capabilities of poor communities, promoting and strengthening their institutions to facilitate them out of poverty. SeSTA works with 70,000 women and as many families in 2120 villages spread across 24 districts and 42 blocks in three States (Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura). It supports women from poor and marginalised households by skilling them on scientific agricultural interventions in food crop and vegetable crops, orchards, Natural Resources Management (NRM) and supporting the intensification and diversification of other livelihoods prospects such as goat rearing, piggery, fisheries, mushroom cultivation. SeSTA is the technical support partner for the State Rural Livelihoods Mission in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram, in addition to being a direct engagement partner in Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura. The organisation has received support from renowned agencies in the development space in India including Tata Trusts, Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiative (APPI), IndiGo (CSR- IndiGo Airline), National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), UNICEF, UNDP, ITC CSR, LIC Housing, and Cairn Foundation CSR.

SeSTA’s projects