In 1992, Udyogini was created to coordinate and facilitate management training for grassroots women groups for the World Bank Institute funded Women’s Enterprise Management training Outreach Programme (WEMTOP). The mandate of Udyogini was to provide management training to NGO staff in the training of Enterprise Support Teams (TEST) who then trained women producers in Grassroots Management. In fact, Udyogini, as well as other institutions in Africa, supported through this World Bank initiative, developed this concept and manual for Grassroots management Training (GMT), which is now a core activity in Udyogini’s work in India and in many NGO and government programs around the world.
In 1992, when Udyogini was established, micro credit was a new idea and thus Udyogini’s focus on micro enterprise management training was innovative. Udyogini opted to work in what would be considered inhospitable conditions for enterprise development involving socially excluded women at locations with poor access, infrastructure and socio-economic indicators.