Rashtriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi (RGVN) having its headquartered in Guwahati, Assam was established in April 1990, as an autonomous, non-profit organization registered under the Society’s Registration Act of 1860 to promote, support and develop voluntary organizations engaged in the social and economic uplift of rural and urban poor, physically and socio-economically handicapped people, improve the pace and quality of economic development, specially relating to the village and decentralized sector, focus attention on groups which are disadvantageously placed in society, but have the potential for pursuing socially and economically productive activities, assist the urban and rural poor especially tribal, scheduled caste, women and children for their economic self sustenance.
IFCI being a founding promoter of RGVN, provided the initial set-up support and with time the Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI), the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and the Tata Social Welfare Trust (TSWT) also became its promoters. RGVN is a national level multi-state development and support organization working in the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura, Sikkim, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar. After expanding operations in the Northeast, development activities of RGVN were also extended to the poverty stricken pockets of Eastern Uttar Pradesh, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. RGVN’s core strength comes from its network of NGOs and Self Help Groups, which are capable of handling large development projects. Over the years, RGVN has been able to groom and support small Community based Organizations involved in a variety of livelihood enhancement programmes.