Buyer Seller meet was organized by Shree Biligiri Rangaswamy Soligara Samskarana Sangha (Special Purpose Vehicle) of BR Hills Wild Honey SFURTI Cluster of IMEDF on June 15th and June 16th 2024. Major aim was to promote sustainable livelihood practices of the Soliga tribal community and to facilitate mutually beneficial partnerships for marketing.

Charaka Mahila Vividoddesha Kaigarika Sahakaara sangha, the Special Purpose Vehicle of IMEDF SFURTI" The Natural Dye Cluster", in collaboration with Desi Trust and Ragi Kana has organized Exhibition at International Center in Bangalore from 17th May till 21st May 2024. Highlights included sale and exhibition of handloom and art products, seminar on rural livelihoods.

IMEDF under its Capacity Building vertical conducted a three-hour online workshop on - Marketing Solutions for Enterprises in the F & B sector on 11th June, 2024, for 15+ participants from 10 organizations.

IMEDF presents the Annual Report of 2022-2023 of Northeast India Development Agency which is our Implementing Partner of Agro-Business SFURTi Cluster in Kiphire Nagaland.

IMEDF conducted an online workshop on How to Scale Rural Enterprises? on 24th April, 2024 for 30+ participants from 20 organisations.

Dr. Ashok Khosla, Chairman, Development Alternatives was awarded the Sohrabh Pirojsha Award for Environment at its inaugural edition held in Mumbai.

IMEDF Initiatives


Cluster Development

Cluster Development vertical of IMEDF has grown to be a unique Nodal agency as it is developing clusters in more than one sector.

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Retail Services

In this financial year 2019-20, IMEDF successfully developed a range of products encompassing the necessary support services to accelerate micro enterprise...

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udyaME is a one of a kind digital platform that caters to the needs and aspirations of micro-entrepreneurs.

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Million Grant




Women Participants


Clusters across 12 States

Specialised Training on Processing of Essential Oils...

‘Soliga’, an isolated tribal community restricted to only Karnataka & Tamil Nadu, with a population of 40,000

Channapatna is a township in the Ramanagara district of Karnataka known for its handcrafted wooden toys, popularly known as “Gombegala Ooru”...

Natural dyeing in Bikaner district of Rajasthan dates back to early 1990s when villages around the harsh desert of Thar got hit by a major drought...

Vishkhapatnam Coffee Cluster is one of these clusters which employs more than 500 coffee producers from 127 villages with tribal communities of over 46,000 members...


Is your Coffee from Chintapalle?

Chintapalle, Visakhapatnam

Heggodu village in Karnataka is home to 380 households. It is located in Sagara Block, famous for the Jog Waterfalls. It is also the base for the Charaka Natural Dye...

On most days, the residents of Chintapalle village in Visakhapatnam can be found in their coffee fields: patches of red surrounded by forests...


The Red fields of Vishakhapatnam

Chintapalle, Visakhapatnam

COVID19 has shown the need to build strong, relational networks. Our Aromatic Essential oils cluster in Churachandpur, Manipur runs an orphanage with over...


Development Alternatives

Development Alternatives (DA), the world's first social enterprise dedicated to sustainable development, is a research and action organisation striving to deliver socially equitable, environmentally sound and economically scalable development outcomes.

Our green technology innovations for habitat, water, energy and waste management, which deliver basic needs and generate sustainable livelihoods, have reduced poverty and rejuvenated natural ecosystems in the most backward regions of India.


Indian Micro Enterprises Development Foundation

Indian Micro Enterprises Development Foundation (IMEDF) is the social enterprise development vehicle of the Development Alternatives Group and registered as a Nodal Agency by the Ministry of MSME, Govt. Of India. It is set up with an aim to boost an ecosystem for green and inclusive entrepreneurship that promotes and supports enterprise models through:

  • Transfer and adaptation of innovative technology based business models
  • Provision of credit and finance linkages for entrepreneurs
  • Capacity building through technical skill building for business planning and operations
  • Integration and mainstreaming of product and services into local and high value markets
  • Collaborate with institutions to create an ecosystem promoting cluster development


Promote inclusive growth and inspire environment sustainability through development of micro - enterprises.


Provide a range of high quality technical assistance and professional services essential for building successful micro-enterprises in a timely and cost effective manner.