Since 1993, the Keystone Foundation has been working in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (NBR) with indigenous communities on improving their lives, livelihoods, and maintaining their unique cultures. Keystone’s approach is defined by “eco-development:” the principle that development can happen in harmony with both the needs of people and the land they live on in mind. Through a holistic approach towards livelihoods, conservation, and enterprise, Keystone maintains the principles of eco-development as we aim to support and empower indigenous groups to realize a better future, for many generations to come. We group our work into various thematic areas, which can be explored above.

2018 marks the quarter of a century anniversary for the Nilgiris-based NGO.

Interview with the founders 25 Keystone facts

Who Are We?

"Our Mission is to enhance the Quality of Life and the Environment with Indigenous Communities using Eco-development Approaches"

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Perspective

Bhavya George

"“This is a different kind of work-cubicle. There is nothing that separates you from nature and I wake up to the sound of birds. It is a life I would like to live. Quiet, calm and simple.”"

Mala Manian

"I can go anywhere! I feel no fear, I can do whatever I want, I can speak to more people and gain more knowledge. It’s a different world!"

Aradukuttan

""To go up the hills, singing songs that my father sang and his father before him, with my buffaloes ahead of me, and my family waiting back home – that is what I would like to do""

Shanmitha Raghu

""The work that you do each and every day, the efforts that you put in, you see the effect that happens in the communities, with the people…”"

Vishu Mani

"I want to make documentaries, documentaries on challenges that the indigenous people face in the present world"

T. Justin Raj

"I like everything about this. The bees, the pollination, the processes and the whole service that bees provide. "

Miller Ashok

"We are working with the fair trade principle, not only for our own local produce but also buying fair trade from other parts of the country"


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