Producer organisations for strengthening livelihoods

We are working with marginal women farmers across geographies on a livelihood model comprising of multiple components a) mobilisation 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 as major impediments, hampering their growth and development. In this context, we are promoting the formation of producer organisations 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  trainings, 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

Production Cluster

Social enterprises that address social issues

We believe that an important aspect of empowerment is in skill building and creation of opportunity. Opportunities can be created in villages and small towns through the set up of local village enterprises. Agro-processing needs medium-level entrepreneurs to mobilise themselves into producer groups. It’s difficult for small and marginal farmers to set up an agro-processing unit on their own. Mostly 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 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, transport and, most important, their need to organise themselves into farmer-producer groups so that their 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 enterprises units where women are engaging in the production of spices, pulses, pickle 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 organisations to make our endeavour sustainable, and reach out to a larger section of the rural poor.

Food Products

Women farmers are engaged in production, procurement, processing and packaging of a variety of food products - Pickles, Spices, Pulses, Dairy, Honey and Mustard Oil, all marketed under their very own Katori™ brand

Artisan's Products

Women artisans are engaged in production of garments and crafts, marketed under their own Upaya brand

Artisan's Products

Women artisans engaged in production of garments and craft products marketed under their very own Upaya brand


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