Manjari Corner
Manjari wins the 'Excellence in CSR and sustainability award for women empowerment, at the 10th National CSR Leadership Congress & Awards. कृषि विज्ञान केंद्र नौगांव जिला छतरपुर में उद्यमियों के सशक्तिकरण और उद्यमिता विकास कार्यक्रम का हुआ आयोजन. Discussion with Sakhi Members and CSR Team to take up joint livelihood activity. जावर में रखा गया बकरी पालन प्रशिक्षण हेतु जागरूकता कार्यक्रम, 50 महिलाओं ने भाग लेकर प्रशिक्षण के बारे में ली जानकारी. Chittaurgarh: Two-day training program for 'Digital Sakhi' under the WCCI project marks successful completion. बाल-विवाह को लेकर महिलाओं के साथ सखी चौपाल का आयोजन, कैलाश सत्यार्थी चिल्ड्रंस फाउंडेशन और मंजरी फाउंडेशन के सहयोग से - हिंदुस्तान एक्सप्रेस. ललितपुर के मढ़ाबरा ब्लॉक में वितरित किया गया बांस हेंडीक्राफ्ट टूल किट. Manjari's efforts to build farm ponds bearing results in Bundelkhand. धौलपुर मंजरी फाउंडेशन के सोने का गुर्जा रोड, सरमथुरा स्थित जीआरसी (Goat Resource Center) में बकरी किसान बिना किसी बिचौलिये के कभी भी बकरी बेच और खरीद सकते है, यही नहीं गोट रिसोर्स सेंटर में आप अपनी बीमार बकरी के लिए चिकित्सक की सलाह और जरूरी टीकाकरण भी करवा सकते हैं. दरीबा लोकेशन के नारी एकता ग्राम संग़ठन की मासिक बैठक की गई जिसमें ग्राम संग़ठन के सदस्यों के द्वारा समूहों को सेफ्टी ट्रेनिंग दी गई.

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, and 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 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

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Social enterprises that address social issues

We believe that an important aspect of empowerment is skill building and the creation of 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 which 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’.