Kherwadi Social Welfare Association (KSWA) is an NGO set up in 1928 by Late Mr. B.G. Kher, the first Premier of the then Bombay Presidency. KSWA’s flagship program is Yuva Parivartan (YP), which is one of the largest non-profit livelihood and skill development initiatives in the country with operations in 18 states. YP focuses on a segment of society that remains relatively ignored in spite of the increased focus on skills training and development in the country. This segment comprises mainly of out-of-school youth with little education and, thus, few or no livelihood opportunities. Most of this group, when they can find work at all, ends up as casual labor. YP provides relatively short-term training courses to such youth, thereby mainstreaming them and making them contributing members to society.
Yuva Parivartan has today emerged as one of the largest NGOs in the skilling and livelihoods sector, having trained over 1, 40,000 youth in the year 2017 – 18, and a total of over 900,000 youth of which 50% are earning livelihoods through self or wage employment.