Coolie Sangha

What is the Coolie Sangha?

Coolie Sangha

The Coolie Sangha is a 25 year-old membership based people’s organisation formed by small and poor peasant families (landed and landless agricultural labourers) in their respective villages.

The Coolie Sangha embraces all and every facet of its Member Coolie families' day to day living. It is not based on the principle of unity-at-times-of-need. It is much more than a "functional grouping" of the poor to solve pressing problems. Though born through ADATS' community organisation efforts, it is not a "beneficiary organisation" of the NGO.

Identity and Protection

The Coolie Sangha gives an identity and protection to it's Members and supports them in issues and struggles aimed at their empowerment.

The Coolie Sangha implements various grassroots planned developmental activities, including children's education, community and referral health, petty credit for Coolie women, activities to support young widows and deserted women, a village level decentralised credit activity, agricultural development, etc.

Membership Strength

Coolie Sangha

The Coolie Sangha is a membership based people’s organisation comprising of small and poor peasant families who struggle to rid themselves of Ryot exploitation and take control of their own lives in order to undertake grassroots planned development activities.

The Coolie Sangha is a 25 year-old membership based people's organisation formed by small and poor peasant families (landed and landless agricultural labourers) in their respective villages. Small and poor peasant families do not become a part of it merely by virtue of their caste-class. Every year, they have to renew their membership by declaring their annual income a paying a percentage of it to their respective village Coolie Sangha Unit.


Self Finance

Coolie Sangha

The Coolie Sangha is self-financed through a system of Sangha Fund contributions made by the Member families and the annual declaration of incomes and paying of Sangha Tax.

As on 1 May 2016, these Sangha Funds stand at Rs 86,030,443.