Our pilot program ‘Margshala’ was designed on the basis of a needs assessment that studied youth aspirations in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, which is 70% rural and where access to opportunity is severely limited owing to its mountainous terrain.

Margshala was designed to empower 35 rural and small town youth from the remote border district of Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand with the awareness, ability and agency to seize opportunities that are aligned with their aspirations, while also being economically resilient and locally sustainable in a post-Covid world. The program comes to an end in October, 2020.


Improving awareness about specific, non-traditional livelihood pathways relevant to the region in employment and entrepreneurship


Enabling rural youth to explore their interests, skills and aspirations and build self-awareness about potential livelihood options that can work for them


Providing personalised mentorship and thematic guidance to support youth to take action towards their career or livelihood of choice

A collaboration between IABT and Udhyam

Udhyam is a rural entrepreneurship program designed to encourage entrepreneurship among village communities in Uttarakhand’s Kumaon region. With the right support, Udhyam entrepreneurs create jobs for their communities and contribute to the local economy.

In addition to intensive programs such as Margshala, IABT also conducts short-term workshops and learning journeys based on career awareness, livelihood exploration and agency building through mentoring.

Read about our Research here