Manjari Corner
Business Sakhi training conducted under the Capri project at Kishanganj, Baran. Pulse processing unit inaugurated in Madavra Lalitpur in the presence of SDM Chandra Bhushan. New Production house inaugurated in Nurabad, Muraina (MP), in collaboration with JK Tyres. Insightful interactions between members of Bindi International and our production sakhis during recent field visit to Badabanda & Kankarda Village (Baran) Community Awareness Camp organized in 8 new villages in association with UN Women under 'Build Back Better' project. Goat Farmers Training conducted at Jara and Dangdiroli (Seondha) with KVK scientists. Training and animal feed distribution program organized at the Manjari office in Sarmathura, for 100 scheduled tribe goat farmers. Manjari wins the 'Excellence in CSR and sustainability award for women empowerment, at the 10th National CSR Leadership Congress & Awards.

Social Enterprises

Producer Organisations For Strengthening Livelihoods

We are working with marginal women farmers across geographies on a livelihood model comprising multiple components -

a) mobilization,

b) analysis of local resources,

c) enhancing skill sets,

d) development of products,

e) pricing and packaging, 

f) market access

Our experience has taught us that small and marginal farmers and artisans face diverse challenges such as low income, limited or no access to the right inputs, inadequate knowledge of modern techniques, and a lack of direct and suitable market access. These pose major impediments, hampering their growth and development. In this context, we are promoting the formation of producer organizations and enterprises to unleash the potential of small and marginal farmers and artisans.

In the modern era of start-ups and a digital revolution, there is a lot of scope for promoting entrepreneurship among rural youth and women. We provide training, mentoring, networking, seed funding, financial linkages, and other needs-based support to youth to enable their holistic development.

Our interventions are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 ( SDGs)

GOAL 1: No Poverty,

GOAL 5: Gender Equality,

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth,

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure,

GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Production Cluster

Social enterprises that address social issues

We believe that an important aspect of empowerment is skill building and creating opportunity. Opportunities can be created in villages and small towns through the setup of local village enterprises. Agro-processing needs medium-level entrepreneurs to mobilize themselves into producer groups. It’s difficult for small and marginal farmers to set up an agro-processing unit on their own. Most investors don’t want to go to small towns and remote rural areas, because of infrastructure, transport, electricity, and perhaps law-and-order issues. Access to finance also is difficult. So, there is a need for philanthropic investment. Given this context, promoting Producer Organisations can be an important intervention.

To improve the local economy, we need to improve rural entrepreneurs' access to the market and infrastructure support. They need access to storage, and transport, and, most important, their need to organize themselves into farmer-producer groups so that they can access the market collectively. Getting the right information at the right time is critical in ensuring better prices for their produce.

The focus of our interventions has been on unleashing the potential of women through enterprise. We have promoted enterprise units where women are engaging in the production of spices, pulses, pickles and apparel, crafts products, and the agriculture value chain as well. We do this by setting up robust farmer-producer institutions that have capital and risk-taking ability. There is a need to channel support from the government and philanthropic organizations to make our endeavor sustainable and reach out to a larger section of the rural poor.

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'Manjari’ literally translates to “seed of Tulsi”, a sacred Indian plant. When women mobilise themselves to form institutions, they are empowered to sow their own ‘seeds of change’.