Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe in Rajasthan e. V. was founded on 23 April 2013.

HSHR was initiated by Monika Boehm-Tettelbach who has been engaged in research in Rajasthan, particularly in the catchment area of Gram Bharati Samiti, for some 30 years.
From 1994 to 2006 she was Professor and Chair, Department of Modern Indian Studies at the South Asia Insitute, University of Heidelberg.
Her initiative was supported in important ways by members and students of the South Asia Institute who are also represented on the Board of Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe in Rajasthan e. V..