Somaiya Grameen Vikas Kendra

As a rural-based organization we are conscious of our role in enabling conditions for better quality of life for communities in and around our manufacturing plants. We seek to contribute to the social and economic development of the communities in which we operate. We do this in consultation with the community.
We carry our various projects in collaboration with various eminent institutions of the Somaiya Trust. The activities undertaken to benefit the communities by Somaiya Grameen Vikas Kendra include health, education, social and cultural programmes.


We undertake a number of voluntary activities within the area of community health. Healthcare is one of the biggest challenges for the people in remote villages due to the lack of availability of affordable health facilities. People in villages have to travel long distances to access healthcare services, especially specialist services. This is a significant cost in addition to the lack of reliable transportation available.

To enable villagers to get access to health care, preventive and for treatments, we organize free multi-diagnostic medical and drug distribution camps in association with K. J. Somaiya Medical College and Research Center, Mumbai at Sakarwadi and Sameerwadi. More than 2300 patients from 75-80 villages in and around our plant campuses visit each of these camps.

Hundreds of patients identified in these camps that need specialized treatments such as cataract, cancer and other operations are treated at K. J. Somaiya hospital, Mumbai, or deputed to M. M. Joshi Eye Institute, Hubli for cataract operation. 6 patients were deputed to KLE hospital, Belgaum for ENT and other surgery and treatment during 2015.

Awareness Creation

We take various initiatives to promote public knowledge on health issues such as ill effects of Tobacco, HIV, and other health issues.

Success Stories

"I have 3 sons and 2 daughters. All are married and daughters have settled with their spouses. Similarly, all my sons have also got married and looking after their work. It is very painful to let you know that none of my sons is taking care of me and my wife. Hence, we are forced to stay separately in a rented house. I receive Rs.500/- old age pension from Govt. and my wife works as a daily wage labourer."

I was suffering from very poor vision due to cataract, but was unable to get it operated due to lack of finance. I was examined in a medical camp organized by the Somaiya company and got operated for cataract. Further, I was also suffering from hernia, which was also operated in a recent medical camp.

I never forget the medical help availed from Somaiya Company, because of their help today I am independent.

Mr. Satappa K. Hunshyal

  • Age : 77 years
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  • Occupation: Agriculture
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  • Place: Saidapur village in Bagalkot dist of Karnataka
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  • Qualification: 7th Class
Treatment availed: Cataract and hernia operation

"I lost my husband, son, daughter-in-law and also daughter. My sister also passed away. Now I am staying with my grandson, who is studying ITI. "

The little property that I had was also taken away by my distant relatives. I stay in a rented hut. I get Rs.500/- from Govt. as old age pension and work as maid in 4-5 houses for livelihood.

I was suffering from poor vision and was unable to work. I got news of the Somaiya factory medical camp and examined for cataract operation. Now I am able to work as maid as I have regained my vision.

Ms. Balavva V. Algond

  • Age : 68 years
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  • Occupation: Agriculture
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  • Place: Hallur village in Belgaum dist of Karnataka
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  • Qualification: 7th Class
Treatment availed: Cataract operation.