Empowerment is collective
Sarvodaya Maha Sangha (SAMAS), a registered society is an apex of 81 Sanghas in 22 villages belonging to Surashettykoppa cluster, Dharwad district, Karnataka. The inception of SAMAS dates back to 1997 when BAIF Development Research Foundation started a project titled Transfer of Technologies for Sustainable Development (TTSD) in these villages, funded by the European Union. This was one of the eleven clusters in five states, which were adopted by BAIF as part of the project. The project with its focus to help families to improve their livelihoods had components like community health, women in development and people's organisation.