Inclusive Livelihood

Ensuring men & women with disabilities with low or no income have equal access to sustain their livelihood through fair pay & dignified work.
Our programme aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ensuring no one is left behind. We support the empowerment of persons with disabilities in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016.

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Our livelihood programmes aim to remove the barriers that limit persons with disabilities from participating in society and help them meet their full potential. We support income improvements for persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups. We help them enhance their respect and standing in the community on an equal basis in all areas of life.

We develop and execute locally relevant on-farm, off-farm, and non-farm livelihood systems. These programmes are unique in their approach; not just through value addition, positive environmental impacts, and sustainable livelihood system, but persons with disabilities enter into leadership and decision-making roles; they become entrepreneurs in their communities. It brings together persons with and without disabilities working as one inclusive team. Local solutions are developed to help farmers and entrepreneurs replicate the idea further. Persons with disabilities become change-makers, contributing to the community in a genuinely empowering model.

We build sustainable, inclusive community organisations (such as Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs), Inclusive Self-help Groups (ISHGs), Inclusive Farmer Producer Organisations (IFPOs), and Inclusive cooperatives.

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“Lost my leg but not my independence; I am living a respectable life”


Bicycle Shop Owner, Gorakhpur, UP

CBM strives to promote inclusive education addressing above components through our unique programme, learning together playing together

Programme Milestones

  • 2017

    Received ‘Zero Project Innovation Award 2017’ for innovative practice on self-employment and livelihood opportunities. The recognition celebrates inclusive approach with persons with disabilities in leadership roles creating opportunities for the entire community.

  • 2016

    Empanelment with Government of India for Access India Campaign by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJ&E).

  • 2015

    Initiated inclusive organic farming and scaled up the same to six states

  • 2013

    Spearheaded development of draft national strategy for Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) for Government of India in partnership with National trust.

    Facilitated formation of Bahuddeshy Viklang Jan Foundation (BVJF) a national form for persons with disabilities which got registered in 2019

Our Impact


Persons received access to livelihood services


Persons received vocational training


Persons obtained employment


Persons obtained financial services

Case Stories

Stepping into a brighter future

Every day over 67,000 children are born in India. But for nearly 150 of them born with clubfoot, their journey is far from simple. Nivedhan, a bright 8th-grader,…

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Breaking Barriers in Rural Communities through Development of Individual Enterprises

Shobha was let go from work as a daily wage labourer for being deaf. Now she runs a dairy with her mother-in-law. “People with disabilities should be able…

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Defying All Odds with her Fighting Spirit

When a community mobiliser from CBM India arrived at Asha’s house in Anekal, Rural Bengaluru, they met 7-year-old Tanvi, a child with Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia who could…

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Inclusive livelihood implies more than income generation for persons with disabilities; it concerns their very independence and dignity.