Unionization of the unorganized workers for entitlements with social security measures

About Us

Institute for Self Management

Protection of Socio Economic, Political and cultural deprivation of Grassroot Women, Children and workers.

Institute For Self-management is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that facilitates peoples’ movements towards social & gender justice. Established in 1983, our initial interventions were grass-root level group formation, facilitating underprivileged community to get government's welfare schemes, promoting saving habits, awareness generation, and capacity building of leaders of a group. Having closely worked with marginalized communities, we realized that they lacked opportunities for development and were under the grasp of various social evils such as child marriage, child labor, occupational hazards, caste disparities and so on. As a sustainable solution and to spearhead their development, we focus on three important areas: women development, children's education, and organizing the unorganized working laborers in Madurai, Dindigul and Theni Districts of Tamil Nadu.

Our focus areas

An integrated approach to build a equitable and empowered society

Mission & Vision


Help promotion of strong Peoples’ Movement towards prevailing of social justice and gender justice by working with unorganized workers, tribal, dalit communities, women and children and play a catalytic role.


ISM strives to socially, economically and politically empower Dalit and Tribal communities through education and by creating their organization to achieve equality, security, justice and dignity.

Our Programs

Women empowerment

We empower women from most marginalized communities to have better standard of living as well as to take an effective part in community development. To begin with, we make them recognize their basic rights through awareness campaigns. We rescued many bonded women labours, women suffering from domestic violence, and enhanced their lives through capacity building, and skill development training. We form SHG groups for them and provide linkages to bank to avail credit facilities. Many women acquired loan and started their business. As an additional effort, we also help women get social entitlements, and register assets in their name.

Child development

Education being a fundamental foundation in altering their lives, we provide access for them to education. In addition to that, we have Evening Supplementary Education Centre to facilitate their educational needs and create systematic improvement in their academic performance. Through our initiatives, we also ensure that children don't fall prey to child marriages, child trafficking, and bonded labour practice.

Organizing laborers

Laborers from disadvantaged communities are unorganized which affect their social, economical and political status. So we organize them into different trade union groups, co-operatives, and federations; help them avail social entitlements, and social security measure. Through this approach we promote their standard of living and encourage them to make best of the schemes they receive from the government.


Awareness generation is an integral part of ISM's developmental programmes. Through awareness we sensitize target communities and stakeholders on important social issues, such as, child marriage, child trafficking, bonded labor practice, occupational hazards, domestic violence, gender inequality, and caste discrimination etc. This approach helps community recognize their basic rights. We also encourage them to give much importance to children's education, women development, and mobilizing resources for their growth.

Our Activities

International women's day


International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

Rural Women Day Celebration


We conducted this program with the participation of women and Girl Children. Rural women day is celebrated every year on October 15th We educated women about the various problems faced by them and tried to solve their problems. It is necessary that women should be aware of various aspects so we tried to educate.

Our Impact

It is the small change that makes the biggest impact.


Board Members

Adv. Karthikeyan

Vice president

Mrs. Manohari Doss


Miss. Arul Rosaline


Dr. Daffney Mano Doss

Executive member

Mrs. Twinkle Sharon Victoria

Executive member

Mrs. Anthoniammal

Executive member

Dr. Nancy Mano Doss


Advisory Panel

Mr. Suresh Srinivasan


Mr. Palanisamy


Adv. Akalya


Team Members

Dr.Packiyaraj (Co – Ordinator)

Mrs. Josphin Vimala Mary (Health worker)

Kasthuri - (Co-Ordinator)

Michael Kennedy (Co-Ordinator)

Victoria Yesurani - (Co-Ordinator)

Mary Maxcyin - (Co-Ordinator)

Muthulakshmi - (Accountant & Computer operator)

A. Yogalatha (Computer Operator)

T.Prabha Devi (FRM - Fund Raising Manager)


Make a generous donation to help us reach more beneficiaries.

Account Number: 1093101086906

Bank: Canara Bank

Branch: Ganaolivupuram Branch

IFSC Code: CNRB0001093

All donations are eligible for tax savings under 80G.


Volunteer with us for making a difference in somebody's life and also it is a good opportunity for you to give back to the society. For more information, mail us at ismmdu@yahoo.co.in

Get in touch

Mailing Address

55, Bhrathidhsan Salai, Travellers Bunglow Road, Madurai - 625016, Tamil Nadu, India

Email Address


Phone Number


I S M Tai Project Office madurai