We work towards eliminating bonded labour and strive towards empowering people from Dalit Arunthathiyar community.

About Us

Rural Women Development Trust

We aim towards creating a society where all communities are equally treated and respected and a place where people can live in harmony devoid of any type of discrimination.

RWDT, also known as Rural Women Development Trust is a place where we work towards eliminating bonded labour and empowering people from the Dalit community. Established in 2005 under the able guidance of V. Alamelu, who has been in the social sector for many years and previously worked against female infanticide and even prevented child marriages. Our central office is located in the district of Tharamangalam and our operations extend all around the western districts surrounding Salem. We have 6 programmes running actively and we operate in 75 villages at the moment. Having reached 1500 beneficiaries so far through our initiatives, we aim to stand up against all forms of social injustice and create a society where equality, liberty and dignity are followed and respected.

Our focus areas

An integrated approach to build a equitable and empowered society

Mission & Vision


Envisions a society wherein the deprived people (Dalit Arunthathiar) including those of the Dalit are empowered to enjoy their rights and socio - economic status at par with the mainstream communities.


To rescue and rehabilitate Dalit families from bonded labor, stand up against social injustice, to train women with sustainable vocational skills, and help them attain economic independence, access to quality education, and healthcare facilities.

Our Activities

Project Approval


Currently, we have been approved for a three-year project by Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiative.

Organisational Support


RWDT got new partnership support from NHRF to working for textile women workers to get their rights and social security schemes. Furthermore, we are incorporated into the Niranthara Program conducted by Dhwani foundation for organisational sustainability.

Federation formation


In 2019, our organisation successfully formed a women federation for coir making.

Skill Development


Silversmith women workers were developed with advocacy and lobby skills. Federation was formed in order to work for their basic rights and needs.

Self Development


In 2017, we received support from RSWR for women's income-generating activities. We also had the formation of revolving fund for self-entrepreneurship development.

VGIF Grant


RWDT got grant from VGIF to economic empowerment of women. 600 women entrepreneurs were developed in coir making, bamboo basket making and other micro trades.

TV Programme


In 2014, JAYA TV, telecasted a programme, speaking about the effects of bonded labour and the efforts put in by RWDT for the rescue operations. 250 families were rescued.

Tailoring Centre


In 2010, we successfully launched a free tailoring centre to help women.

Funding Support


One of the first major events that we initiated was in 2006, when we received a funding support from Every Child UK. This helped 4750 children obtain the benefits of special training and educational material support.


Board Members

V. Alamelu

Managing Trustee









Make a generous donation to help us reach more beneficiaries.

Account Number: 700101016303

Bank: Canara Bank

Branch: Pappampadi

IFSC Code: CNRB0000700

All donations are eligible for tax savings under 80G.


We welcome volunteers to help us with training, graphic design and fundraising. For more information, mail us at rwdtalamelu@gmail.com

Get in touch

Mailing Address

6/134, Pudupettai Colony, Vanavasi (PO), Mettur (Tk), Salem, Tamil Nadu Pincode- 636457

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