Leaf Plates - Micro business for Rural women

KarmaKonnect Telangana

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Grameen Support Foundation is trying to educate the people by bringing the ancient natural technique of usage of leaf-plates. Setting up a manufacturing unit of leaf-plates will generate employment and livelihood for the needy.

This is a livelihood generating activity providing dignified wage and employment to the women in the division. It is environment-friendly and the product is easily biodegradable, can be stored for long and is easy to dispose off. Thus it can become a viable substitute for the plastic plates in the market. As compared to toiling in the hot sun it gives the women an opportunity to work at a desk under a roof. Each woman can earn between Rs.200 to Rs.400 per day based on her ability. Both literate and illiterate women can work in the project and it also gives them a flexibility of working as per their convenient timing and in a safe environment.

Operational Plan:

Step 1: Initially we will visit around 10 villages and interact with women and unemployed youth of the village and conduct awareness programs on natural plates manufacturing unit set up importance, Business process etc.

Step 2: Then we shall identify and select women and youth who are keen and motivated to associate with this project.

Step 3: The selected beneficiaries will then be sent to National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD) for 3 days training of leaf plate manufacturing and also about marketing strategies for their product.

Step 4: Post the completion of training, we will form groups of the selected beneficiaries to set up a manufacturing unit in selected villages where they will come in scheduled shifts to work.

Step 5: We have already established a market for them. We interacted with around 40 temples in Nirmal district and a few private schools too, that will give a daily business to them.

Step 6: We aim to motivate IT organizations to use the natural plates, which is going to be massive sales if it goes through.

Since we have already been working on this project, the initial steps have been taken care of. Villages, where the unit will be set up initially, have been identified. Skillful and willful women have been selected to carry out the work at the unit.

About the NGO

KarmaKonnect is a non-profit social venture that aims to connect the fragmented ‘giving’ ecosystem by empowering NGOs, donors, volunteers, corporates, and government to create impactful social development interventions, often in remote and under-served areas. 

KarmaKonnect is an enabler; motivating and empowering individuals and organizations to tap the growing philanthropy landscape by creating, connecting, and/or collaborating on credible projects and causes. 

The KarmaKonnect team is currently involved in a number of initiatives across the country, through various dedicated volunteers and NGOs. We are primarily working on:

• Child education and livelihood skills (urban slum evening schools/shelters) in Gujarat, Telangana, MP, and Delhi through utilization of existing govt infrastructure and digital/innovative collaborative models.

• Rural Development Programs - Setting up  Water, Solar and Livelihood/Entrepreneurship projects in remote tribal areas.

• “Adopt a Village" customized project for donors involving well researched sustainable solutions for development followed by a rigorous monitoring approach. 

• Women Empowerment, livelihood, and legal help, rescue and rehabilitation projects

• Training and placement of underprivileged and specially-abled candidates

• Refuge rehabilitation and relief work 

• Ad-Hoc Medical help and assistance as needed.

Karmakonnect also specializes in customized projects to help optimize donor and CSR spend and increase NGO efficiency.

Goal ₹ 150000

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