Our Themes

Testimonials of our Impact

  • Arghyam is partnering with an external agency, Catalyst Management Services (CMS), who will measure and evaluate the outcomes of the project. The survey has been designed quite elegantly; it’s a neat, tight set of questions focusing on usage. I was impressed with the way in which the FIs, young girls, were able to strike a rapport almost immediately with the respondents. At times when people didn’t understand the question, they were good at explaining the question to the respondent without leading them towards the answer. It’s a difficult yet important job really, going from house to house in the hot sun, asking the same questions over and over again, but they did it cheerfully and enthusiastically

    - Radhika Viswanathan

  • We wanted to write to thank you for being such wonderful hosts during our short stay in Delhi, but more importantly for putting on such an excellent event today. The attendance alone was an incredible feat, and the active and passionate engagement of literally dozens of individuals learning about CEI for the first time was inspiring. Suparna and Vijay found the perfect balance of guiding conversation while leaving most of the talking for our participants to do -- this is a fantastic precedent to set as we build demand-driven networks.

    - Molly Jamieson Eberhardt

  • It was a great learning experience for me where I learnt in a Good work environment. The organization made sure we were comfortable and well cared for in terms of our stay, which made working easier. The flexibility of working from home is a great concept which the organization is having. The best part of our internship was our Reporting Officer who helped me understand the work, plan it properly and we worked well as sounding boards to bounce of ideas which gave us a lot of clarity when it came to the processes and analyses part of the project.

    - Isha Dash

    (Intern)

  • The multi-staged recruitment process was extensive in the sense that it gave CMS a good understanding of how I could contribute to their endeavors and fit in the organizational structure. As a potential employee, it also gave me a good overview of how methodical CMS is in going about its job and the rigor I would be expected off at work. The three interviews that I had seemed to focus on particular aspects of me as an individual and a professional which in effect allowed me to look back at myself and reflect on my strengths and weaknesses.

    - Lucien Chan

    Gap Foundation

  • The aim is to improve access, affordability and appropriateness of these products and services to ensure addressing the livelihoods and life-cycle needs of the marginalised groups.

    At CMS, in addition to contributing to this theme through studies, research, evaluations, and training etc., we work with our partner, Vrutti, undertaking field implementation to demonstrate and test out models and approaches. Together, we have a good exposure to various forms and models of Community Based Organisations (CBOs) such as Self-Help Groups, Joint Liability Groups, Farmer Producer Organisations such as Cooperatives, Producer Companies, etc., which is critical for an understanding of the financial inclusion theme.