CTRD Trust

The Centre for Tribals and Rural Development Trust (CTRD Trust) is a voluntary organisation registered under the Indian Trust Act in the state of Tamil Nadu. We currently work on projects and programmes aimed at promoting and strengthening the livelihood, welfare and development of the poor tribal and rural communities of the Nilgiri District. This involves organising them, enhancing their capabilities, introducing new ways of improving their income and linking them to banks, markets and other health, welfare and economic services. Experienced professional teams based in the field use their skills and knowledge to alleviate poverty by working directly with these communities.

our mission

To give tribal and rural communities the right tools and knowledge to help themselves. The focus is on comprehensive and inclusive health, education and livelihood training to promote sustainable economic wellbeing, equality and basic human rights for all, regardless of gender, age and ability.

our vision

Empowered and self-reliant tribal and rural communities with improved socio-economic conditions that do not damage their cultural and environmental identity.

Our Latest News

Construction of the new tribal Green Valley Tea Factory is progressing
Date: 22-Sep-2017

CTRD has been providing trainings for the tribal communities in tea plucking over a decade now. The major next step started in 2015 when the Project “Income generation for ethnic minorities by producing organic green tea” with our partner SODI began. To break the dependency from middlemen and big tea companies this project included the construction of a tea factory, which will be run and owned by the tribal community itself. The “Green Valley Tea Factory” will produce the tribes’ own branded “Ippi Malai Tea”. Last week the roof was constructed and the floor will be installed very soon. The plan is to start the production of organic fair trade tea in January 2018. While the construction is progressing we are starting to establish business contacts to export our tea to Europe. All revenues will be directly invested in tribal programs, which will end the dependency from development organizations for 1000 small scale tribal tea farmers and their families in the Nilgiri District.

Our Current Projects

Managing Trustee‘
Indra Nagar, Nanthatty,
Gudalur, The Nilgiris,
Tamil Nadu, India,
Pin code: 643 212

+91 94430 20232