Our Self-Help methodology supports the formation and capacity building of self-sufficient microcredit and leadership groups of women from isolated rural communities. The members not only gain financial independence through the self-generated loans which help start businesses, but also gain self-determination and collective lobbying power through their elected representatives who form higher level Associations and a Federation. These grassroots structures have a proven record of improved socio-economic balance and wellness, reduced gender-based violence and other conflicts, and increased resilience at times of duress.
Another aspect of Sarkar’s philosophy which is heavily reflected in our Lekol Vivan (or Vibrant School) approach is the value system of Neohumanism, emphasizing an ever-increasing circle of love in action. In Sarkar’s Liberation of intellect, “All molecules, atoms, electrons, protons, positrons and neutrons are the veritable expressions of pure consciousness. Those who remember this reality, who keep this realization ever alive in their hearts, are said to have attained perfection in life … When the underlying spirit of humanism is extended to everything, animate and inanimate, in this universe, it will elevate humanism to universalism, the cult of love for all created beings of this universe”.