The northern districts of Karnataka state have a large population of traditional nomadic shepherds. SAS tries to empower them socio-economically and politically. SAS trains them in better sheep care, judicious use of modern medicines and modern breeding practices.
The women and children of Bendigeri village 14 kms from Belgavi, gathered on 26 October 2014 for a special function. The shepherds constitute 20% of the village - 400 persons. They have over 800 sheep and goats. They have a beautiful community hall and a temple on the main road with greenery all around. About 75 women and 40 men established “Bhakta Kanakadasa Seva Sangh”. Dr. Z Baig, Mr Sanjay Upari of ShramikAbhivrudhiSangh, inaugurated the sangh along with Mr Sudhir Gadde of All India Shepherd Sena, Belgaum  and Mr Gajanana Kagnikar, presedient of the Jana Jagaran’s North Karnataka Shepherd’s Federation.