Kulandei Francis has been awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for the year 2012. He has worked for over three decades for economic empowerment of thousands of women and their families in Vellore district (Tamil Nadu).
Mr. Francis, Director of the Krishnagiri-based NGO Integrated Village Development Programme (IVD). Founded 22 years ago, the IVDP was responsible for the formation of more than 7,000 self-help groups in the three districts. So far, the value of transactions through the SHGs was over Rs.2,500 crore and nearly Rs.250 crore lay with the accounts of the SHG members.