Empowering farmers and rural entrepreneurs

Despite rapid strides in development, India continues to face the challenge of achieving inclusive growth. As a result, a large section of the marginalised population are unable to reap the benefits of technology and information to enhance their income.
DRF empowers rural entrepreneurs, especially women and farmers, with access to technology and knowledge by facilitating training and support.


There is a perceptible lack of support for potential rural entrepreneurs to set up business and this is more pronounced in the case of women entrepreneurs. Maargam aims to fill this void by supporting rural entrepreneurs through a district incubation model in partnership with the government and financial institutions. This incubation centre will identify high-potential business opportunities and provide support to set up or expand existing enterprises.

Our aim is to encourage rural entrepreneurship that will be sustainable and profitable.


Less than 14%

of the enterprises in India are owned by
women. And less than 15% have the capability to employ others.

Women Owned Enterprises0%

Enterprises with Employees0%

More than 2.8 crore

businesses in rural India are not able to scale up or create employment opportunities to others due to lack of capacities.


  • To identify and nurture potential rural entrepreneurs, with special focus on women entrepreneurs
  • To establish sustainable businesses that are socially relevant across diverse sectors, which add value and create employment


A rural enterprise incubation model with end-to-end support to set up large businesses.

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