Welcome to Shanthimalai Handicrafts Development Society

Traditionally South Indian Women are expected from a young age to help bear the burden of the family. Social factors prevent most women from even considering professional training. Their lack of basic education, the impact of the dowry system, and the demands of family life often restrict their opportunities to low-paying, hard physical labor and very difficult lives.

In 1996, Dr. Hugo Maier founded Shanthimalai Research and Development Trust, a charitable non-profit organization, to offer help for self-help to villagers in the Tiruvannamalai area, a largely rural and drought-ridden district in Tamil Nadu. What began with a day clinic, and the training of women health workers, has grown into a comprehensive support network for 40 villages.

The loving guidance of Dr. Maier and his Wife Anne Maier, affectionately called APPA and AMMA (Father and Mother), continues to bless Shanthimalai and its many undertakings. The Trust has built Schools, offered training, and created jobs for thousands of local people.

Widows Project

Shanthimalai is giving confidence and motivation to young widows for the secure life.


Awareness Generation, Vocational Training, Skill Training and Income Generation Schemes