biofarm - himmatgram

Encouraging sex workers to leave a profession where they earn quick money and have developed addictions to alcohol and tobacco is difficult. Despite the challenges their profession brings and the social stigma attached to it in many cases they cannot see an alternative. People living with HIV also face prejudice and their ART medication weakens them, making holding down a job and providing for their families extremely difficult.



How we help


Our Himmatgram or 'Hamlet of Courage' stands in 25 acres of arable land on the outskirts of Ahmednagar, complete with its own poly tunnel, well and reservoir. It provides food for our other projects as well as a safe haven and gainful employment for a number of HIV+ families. 

Who we help


This biofarm has become a community for former sex workers and HIV+ beneficiaries ready to make a new life for themselves and their families. Here they learn how to become self-sufficient in a rural setting, gaining skills in organic farming, crop rotation, irrigation and dairy farming.

Our live-in project manager ensures they receive all the support they need to farm their own produce with the excess going to supply our Rehab Centre. He also counsels them through their transition to rural life, medical treatment and respite care - the farm has become their family home.



How you can help

We have been reaping the benefits of their harvests of delicious mango, tomato, corn, cabbage, cauliflower, peppers, okra and more since 2009. We need your help in buying seeds and tools and also to maintain our machinery, including our water pumps which help keep our crops irrigated.

2 million

People Living with AIDS and HIV in India

25 acres

of arable farm land for crops and homes make up our biofarm

32 people

with HIV have found a home and better health with our farm community


Gives a child living with HIV essential medicine and medical treatment for

two weeks

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Shashikant Torane

Shashikant is our resident green fingered expert. Intelligent and compassionate, he has helped our biofarm grow to what it is today. 

Plants are always giving, whether it is food for our family or the feeling of peace and wellbeing you get from working with them. 

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Snehalaya is a voluntary organisation registered in 1992 under the Societies Registration Act 1960 (Reg No MH2220/A'nagar) and in 1995 under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) Reg No 083720087. It has Tax Exemption Recognition under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act 1961 No.CIT(E)/12A(a)/80G/135/2008-09/1916)


Snehalaya adheres to the norms prescribed for good governance of voluntary organisations and is certified by Credibility Alliance (CA/82/2013)


Snehalaya, Home of Love Project and Snehalaya UK are all trading names for operations in India and beyond that all represent our projects and services operating since 1989 in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra - India.


All donations given to any part of our organisation, unless directly specified, will be spent where most needed for the betterment of our beneficiaries in project running costs and in building capacity through organisational development.


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