Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project, popularly known as SKDRDP®,
Is a charitable trust promoted by Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade. SKDRDP concentrates on the empowerment of rural women by organizing Self-help Groups (SHGs) on the lines of Joint Liability Groups (JLBs) of Bangladesh and provides infrastructure and finance through micro credit for the rural people.
The Shri Ksherta Dharmasthala Rural Development Project encompasses all aspects of enriching the rural life. It is currently engaged in developmental activities in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Coorg, Shimoga, Chickmagalur, Dharwad, Haveri, Gadag, Tumkur, Belgaum , Mysore, Chamarajnagar, Koppal, Davangere, Chitradurga districts operating in 20,000 villages covering more than 27,18,000 families. SKDRDP is active with its Community Development Programs throughout the state of Karnataka and holds its presence in six coastal towns under the Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environment Management Project. During the year SKDRDP has extended its area of operation to six more districts viz., Hassan, Mandya, Bangalore Rural, Bellary, Raichur and Bagalkote.
SKDRDP (R.) is registered under the Charitable Trust Act of 1920 in the office of Sub-Registrar, Government of Karnataka, Belthangady Taluk, Dakshina Kannada District in the year 1991.