Enhancing income status of women through Social Enterprise

Your title/position Associate Operations
Type of Enterprise non-profit organization
Year the ngo or company was founded 1992
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Explain your project in details:

Addressing to the modern day economic and social essentials, Village Level Service Centers (VLSCs) has been one of the model that not only stimulates the economic progress but also creates social value among different members of a community. VLSCs follow a two way supply chain model wherein, locally produced goods/ produce are aggregated at the producers door step and sold in the market, while on the other hand make goods/ services available to the community for which otherwise they had to travel long distances for procurement of the same. Poor access to organised markets and no/less control over cash availability of women are the two important reasons for inception of the VLSC model. The women entrepreneurs act as a link between economic empowerment and social equity, contributing to the sustainable economic development of the region. They are the catalysts behind the economic progress of the community enhancing their purchasing power and expanding to their needs. Since these women entrepreneurs are adding to the income of family and contributing in meeting the needs of community, VLSCs have also increased their decision making power within household, the community and also in market; increasing her confidence. The model also responds to the existing gender gaps within the society through the Gender Justice Module developed after experiences of violence against women in the field. Availability of special products such as low cost sanitary napkins, water purifying tablets, solar lanterns, menstrual cups and entitlement services such as information about government schemes, insurance facility etc are the USP of VLSCs which separates them from normal grocery shop. This has increased their income as well as their ability to command fair market price through the creation of a market platform in the form of a village level aggregator run by tribal women themselves.

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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

This intervention has shown multifaceted impact in promoting sustainable livelihood services for rural people. In addition to 50 VLSCs in 2013, another 30 VLSCs were added in Jharkhand in 2016, altogether there are 80 village level service centers catering to the needs of approximately 8000 families of their respective areas. Solar Products sold through VLSCs have now reached the sum of Rs. 1, 01,650 in Jharkhand increasing the average income of 28 entrepreneurs by Rs. 300 per month. The chain can be used to promote schemes of public interest, spread social innovations, bridge information barrier with respect to good agriculture practices, current market prices etc. Under Intel-Udyogini School of Entrepreneurship (I-USE) Udyogini has trained 110 women entrepreneurs.

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Sustainability and future plans

Institutionalize VLSC with viable Business plan VLSCs through their retail/aggregation/special products services are catering to more than 8000 families. The concept has been internalize by the rural population as now they are getting door step market for their produce/ collection and getting their daily needs from VLSC. Udyogini being a facilitating agency has envisioned creating an institution (Cooperative or private limited company) which will act as a link in between rural population and outer market by using the same structure. Streamline upstream and downstream market for the VLSC who have reached progress and growth stage To strengthen the value chain model Udyogini has established multiple cadres of trained Vahinis (product based service providers). Vahinis can be considered as the most important link for the program sustainability as they act as drivers when the organization exits. Vahinis provides expert support, training and handholding to the producers who are linked with the agriculture or MFP value chain. As mentioned above, to Streamline upstream and downstream market for the VLSC and achieve the economies of scale for Entrepreneurs cooperative or private limited respective vahinis will be linked with the VLSC entrepreneur who would provide aggregation support to the entrepreneur. This will help the entrepreneur to reach to the desired scale and vahinis will be commissioned against the aggregated scale. Up gradation in terms of products and services In the due course of implementation and strategy formulation it has been seen that by catering only 100-125 households at a time individual VLSC may reach to a point where there will be stagnation in terms of income. Udyogini has decided to constantly add products and services in the array of VLSC entrepreneur. This has helped VLSCs to grow in terms of income and also enabled entrepreneurs to retain their clients.

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

Udyogini has been working in microenterprise management and entrepreneurship training since its inception in 1992 impacting the lives of more than 150,000 women in 5 backward states i.e. Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand. The interventions are a combination of enterprise management training and other business development services (BDS) such as business counseling, market research and development, innovative and scalable enterprise promotion (through partnerships with local grassroots NGOs and existing informal entrepreneurs already creating value in rural areas), and creation of for-profit social enterprises. Many, especially disadvantaged groups include sex workers, as well as the differently-abled, who increased their sale turnover 6 times in one year after receiving enterprise training from Udyogini and changed their thinking from welfare recipients to drivers of enterprise. Our flagship, Grassroots Management Training (GMT) and its modules, has been scaled to many countries in Africa, Latin America and E. Europe.

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September 1, 2017 04:36

Dear Resiliant Entrepreneur,

It's the end of the competition, I want to urge you to not leave this community without the contact (email especially) of as many other entrepreneurs on this platform. You never can tell what your further conversations may produce.

It's the power of networking and leverage I'm talking about...
Here's my email [email protected] looking forward to hearing from you.


August 31, 2017 23:48

Bye fellow entrepreneur:
As I say good buy, I must say it has been an astounding time reading so many great entries.
I went through the details of your idea and was indeed very impressed. Would you be kind enough to please explain to me as how you got this idea? Equally importantly, who were (are) the people who inspired you for you to come up with this idea.
Take care and all the very best!

August 31, 2017 22:51

Dear all;
Your comment is helpful, Thank you for you appreciation and a constructive suggestion.
As the YCEC draws closest to close take this from me,I am wishing all the best for all enterpreneurship campus comunity members.
I am glad that I was able to read your mind blowing project.
Best wishes for your success and thank you so much for your support on my project.
Really I am glad that you are doing such great works and for you Enterpreunerial sprit. I fully support your efforts.

I wish you all the success and all the best ma dear.

Good luck! THANK YOU all once again!
Abdisa B.
[email protected]

August 31, 2017 22:31

Hello fellow passenger,

You might have heard the famous song "What I've done" by Linkin park. The lyrics have been beautifully carved by the late singer Chester Bennington. The song covers the ways in which our so called development has helped only a handful of the upper society members, whereas people are still living in poverty.

We have a great platform here which is urging super brains from around the world to come together and collaborate with their ideas and help make this world a better place to live in. You have been a part of this community and I congratulate you on your effort that you have put in.

Thanks once again and all the best for the future
Team GreenSpace

August 31, 2017 22:01

Hello my fellow traveler, How are you feeling as our road ends temporarily?
I have just seen your entry and have been thoroughly impressed by it. Will you be willing to collaborate incase you want to set it up on ground?
I would like to be in touch with you,
Cheers from Kabul.

August 31, 2017 21:00

In this fight for a sustainable future, what we need is innovation; something which is not necessarily new, but which makes us look at things from a different angle.

I believe this is one of the major motives of this community which we are a part of. Taking one step together hand in hand towards our goal is the only way we can achieve it.

So I wish you the very best in this endeavour of yours and hope to see you together in the new tomorrow

Team GreenSpace

August 31, 2017 19:12

Hello campus members,

Being a part of India's well-known Entrepreneurship Cell of the most prestigious engineering college in India, I have interacted with many startup enthusiasts, have got to know how they think and what are some qualities that set them apart from the ones who are not able to see their idea through. Reading through your idea, I have realized that your idea has that spark which can help it become a successful venture. Coupled with its aim to help the society achieve its goals sustainably, your idea can be something quite helpful for the same.

But before it's implementation, you need to do a "premortem" check on how it can fail. This would prepare you for any uncalled-for circumstances and help you prepare for them accordingly.

Lastly, I would like you to have a look at our idea, GreenSpace, and share your views about the same.

For Team GreenSpace.

August 31, 2017 18:54

Yes, it was a wonderful journey !
a. Reading them gives me good bumps. Will you be able to give me some more details about your proposal?
b. Also, please go through my IDEA called EDU-CELL and if you like it, please vote.
c. This is what I could think when I saw your proposal. Truly inspirational and positive initiative from your side that is sending ripples amongst my friends and relatives. If you think it will be applicable in Afghanistan, please send me the details.
Thank You !
Truly, Shuhra K, Afghanistan

August 31, 2017 18:04


August 31, 2017 17:33

Thank You my dear!
Three thoughts come to my mind as we end:
(a) Will we be in touch?
(b) It is a small and beautiful world
(c) All the best
Bye for now!
S. Koofi, Kabul

August 31, 2017 17:27

Dear Leader,

We are coming to the end of this awesome competition and I appreciate your efforts, drive and support on my idea, 'AfricEnergy'.

No matter how the result comes out, we should always be focused on implementing our unique ideas and projects for the improvement of the World.

Thank you for your contributions, advice and encouragement so far. I hope to connect with you via [email protected]

Best of Luck!

August 31, 2017 16:59


August 31, 2017 03:34


This entrepreneurship-campus platform has been amazing it has enabled us to see all the enthusiasts and to share our passion and experiences to learn from each other. Good luck with your work and wishing you all the success on your journey. Please try to keep in touch; this is important to me as I find this inspirational.

I appreciate all your votes, valuable feedback, advice, and suggestions. For me it has helped me to improve my ideas and also helps me to win and learn from the ideas that you have given me.

Best of Luck! And keep it up

Kindest regards

August 31, 2017 00:33

What a proposal! I am truly amazed.
So many good thoughts including yours. Reading them gives me good bumps. Will you be able to give me some more details about your proposal? And on a different note, wont it be great if you have a quick glance at my IDEA called EDU CELL.
Take care!
Shuhra (Kabul) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 30, 2017 22:32

Greetings from Afghanistan!
Awesone. Fantastic. Relevant. These are the three words that came to my mind when I read your proposal. Congratulations. If you get a moment, would you be kind enough to read my proposal (IDEAS) called EDU-CELL from Afghanistan? And if you do manage to read it, would you be kind enough to vote if you like the IDEA? And if I am not asking too much, please forward the link to your friends and family.
Thanks in anticipation!
Shuhra K

August 30, 2017 21:22

Hello fellow traveler!
I must say that I found your idea truly inspiring. I would like to know more about it? Do you think you can give me more details about your proposal so I can understand it more and give ffedbakc as well as evaluate if it can be done in my country?
I would also like to request you to please my IDEA called EDU-CELL. DO you think it is relevant in your country. If yes, let me know. I can even help in establishing it in your place during the course of this year!
Have a great day

August 30, 2017 19:44

What a proposal! I am truly amazed.
So many good thoughts including yours. Reading them gives me good bumps. Will you be able to give me some more details about your proposal? And on a different note, wont it be great if you have a quick glance at my IDEA called EDU CELL.
Take care!
Shuhra (Kabul)

August 30, 2017 18:31

Looking forward!Yes, you can!
a. This is what I could think when I saw your proposal. Truly inspirational and positive initiative from your side that is sending ripples amongst my friends and relatives. If you think it will be applicable in Afghanistan, please send me the details.
b. Also, please go through my IDEA called EDU-CELL and if you like it, please vote.
All the best for this competition!
Sincerely, Shuhra K, Afghanistan
S. Koofi, Kabul

August 30, 2017 14:06


Remember it's not over until it's over.
It may be just a few days to the end of the competition but it's not the end of your dreams
There's still a lot you can achieve.
Stay focused.


August 30, 2017 13:06

Dear Fellow participant,

You have done well thus far. Only few people will venture relentlessly into the things in which their instincts proposes because sometimes the goal appears too crazy to achieve, so they just retreat.

Actually, someone has said that "The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

You may have seen this before but I want to remind you that it's true, only those who are "crazy enough" eventually get results.

Congratulations for been "crazy enough" (seeing beyond normal and following your dreams despite the odds)...

Best wishes,

August 29, 2017 16:07

Hello everyone,

Now we are reaching the end of the competition. I want to thank everyone who have been voting and commenting on my ideas and interest in helping support GU.

As all of you said, a visual universal language is needed for this continuously developing society. I am trying my best to launch my Gadaa Universe with the help of you and your constructive comments. We will do whatever it takes to exceed your expectations.

Best of Luck! And keep it up

Kind regards

August 28, 2017 10:22

Hello My Friend!

Thank you for being here all this while. Your dreams are valid and your project is very viable. Keep thriving and best will keep coming your way.

Best of Luck.

August 27, 2017 17:45

Hello dear members of the entrepreneurship community,

I hope you will join us too and learn the GU universal communication system and the Gadaa system practices when the platform and the system implementations are complete and fully ready for use. This work is still under development. I will let you know once it is finished.

Please keep your constructive comments. Your feedback is important! Many thanks to all contributors!

Thank you for supporting GU project. We will notify you as soon as the platform is live.

Best of Luck!

August 26, 2017 20:40


To all the people who are asking how to join once the GU platform goes live, all you need to do is to create a free account. Please keep an eye out on the website and my social media pages at: http://gadaauniverse.com/

Kind regards

August 26, 2017 17:25

Hello Great Mind!

Thank you for your support to AfricEnergy so far. I appreciate your kind words, positive remarks and contribution on my idea. As you continue to progress in your quest for the improvement of the World, I wish you success and breakthrough.

Best of luck!

August 25, 2017 22:08

Dear Priyanka,

The TRUTH is, your community will not just benefit from such an amazing initiative of yours but that you will forever be remembered for this great change and transformation you'll cause.

Keep up the spirit because it's adorable.
Your kind is scarce, so hard to find around, you're indeed a great leader!
Wish you all the best world changer.

Kindest regards
Thomas Seth

August 25, 2017 05:30

Dear community member,

As the competition deadline is approaching near, we would like some feedback regarding our idea, some ways by which we can tweak it and make it a little better and ready for future execution.
(follow this link https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/12/5961/comments)

Please vote and support our idea.

Thank you in advance.
Team GreenSpace

August 23, 2017 18:08

After going through your project, I firmly believe that with good management and excellent execution, this project will help the society grow in a sustainable manner. This would have various positive effects on the environment and also the society in general.

I wish you the best for the same.

I would really appreciate if you could go through my idea as well(follow this link https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org Our idea deals with covering an otherwise unused rooftop of a building with green plants and using that space for a multitude of activities.

Thank you
Team GreenSpace

August 23, 2017 12:18

Thank you if you have already commented my idea Path To Knowledge. If not, I invite you kindly to do it at: https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/12/5633/ I would really appreciate your opinion.
Best regards,

August 23, 2017 08:58

vaAn Awesome Day to You, Dear Campus Colleague,

Cheeking through your Project and seeing it progress in this competition leaves me motivated and inspired that with us, our planet will become better and flourish in goodness and development desired by every human being with dreams and aspirations. To keep you moving and staying on in face of challenges as growing Entrepreneurs, it is my pleasure to share this link with you, "7 MOVIES Every Entrepreneur Should Watch", copy and paste this link to view; youtube.com/watch?v=s3x-_yRRUrk

All the best to you in you Idea!

Anita Mbah.

August 22, 2017 22:27

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Best of Luck!

August 22, 2017 21:33

Greetings, Dear Entrepreneurial Colleague

We are few steps to the announcement day. I want to use this medium to appreciate your effort, progress so far and support to my idea. Never relent, keep pushing and I wish you success, all the way.

You may enjoy this article on "How to Segment a Market" for your project/business: http://www.wikihow.com/Segment-a-Market

Best of Luck!

August 22, 2017 21:06

Hi Subarno
I hope you're making good progress whether this competition is on progress or not this project should make more progress to its full extension. Congulatulation for the efforts you're making.
Best of luck!

August 22, 2017 14:37

Hello Priyanka,

I find your project highly innovative and needed in such a time as this and I just thought to stop by and check on your progress thus far and must say congratulations for your efforts so far, we all need to put in more efforts to achieve our dreams.

So I just wanted to say that you keep up and be encouraged to do more.

You can also stop at my idea "Eradicating poverty and unemployment via teens empowerment"for a comment too.


Kindest regards,

August 21, 2017 09:51

Thank you Great Mind

Having you around is very encouraging and wonderful. I wish you success on your journey and you should always expect the best coming your way.

You may like to see my idea, AfricEnergy, for comments and support.


August 21, 2017 09:47

Dear Priyanka Subarno
"Enhancing income status of women through Social Enterprise"
I found your project interesting to read and life changing.
I invite you to please read my idea" Edu-Cell" and give some suggestions on my idea if any
Community effort is always welcome.
Thanks for reading my request!
Thanks in advance for putting the effort in answering.
If you like it Please also vote.
Keep up the good work.
Shuhra koofi

August 20, 2017 14:54


I invite you kindly to please read and give some suggestions or comment my idea GadaaUniverse[GU]-Gadaa Universal Communication System and GU-Fair.

Thanks in advance for your vote and comment. I really appreciate your contribution and would be glad to hear your advice and opinion.

Good luck with your project!

Kind regards,

Firanbek Robele

August 20, 2017 06:27


your project is a very impressive and it will surely be beneficial for all the people..
It looks promising.
Congratulations for all your efforts that you have put into your project.
Good luck

August 19, 2017 12:55

This project is real life touching as it bring spirit of gender equality empowering women.Congulatulation for this wonderful project and efforts you have shown
All the best.

August 19, 2017 11:11

I invite you kindly to comment my idea Path To Knowledge. I would be glad to hear your advice. I have written this message after I commented almost all ideas and projects and probably yours too. I am deeply sorry if this message bothered you, but everyone on this platform wants to go to the finals with his/her idea and makes all it is possible to get there. Maybe not all the actions are fair. Some participants copy the same meaningless message and paste it to all ideas. I just do marketing. Again, I am sorry if this message disturbed you.
Kindest regards,

August 18, 2017 22:49

Dear Priyanka
Your project is real impressing and supportive, i like the way you converted the challenge into an opportunity
from your project more employment has been created and more will be created i believe so.Can you explain how many ative partners you are working withup to this level.
Congulatulation for this nobel project.
I wish you all the best in this project.

August 18, 2017 22:34

Hello Prinyanka!

Your project is quite interesting and impressive, it tends to build the nation through women empowerment.
Congratulations for your efforts!

I wish you success and you can stop by on my idea to add your contribution.

Best of luck!

August 18, 2017 05:58


This is a very impressive idea and it will surely be beneficial for all the young minds looking for an opportunity.
It looks promising and executable
Congratulations for all your efforts and for your project.

Good luck

Shuhra Koofi.

August 12, 2017 09:05


I love your project, because it's making the market and other social sectors accessible to people especially women.

Great work! Keep moving and I wish you, success!

You can check my idea on https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/12/6509/

August 12, 2017 08:09

Your project is good, but I didn't understand how it is sustainable. However, keep continue and improve your project and I wish you all the best for what will come.

August 11, 2017 05:39

Great Project. I want to invite you to vote for my project and comment if you want it.
Thanks and good luck


July 5, 2017 14:58

This is a very good idea, it looks promising and executable. This idea is really going to curb so many things and help build a better and safe environment for people to live in. Keep the good work up.


July 5, 2017 08:24

In rural India where women are still not able to come out from their premise, this door step enterprise will certainly open new avenues for them. Innovative concept for connecting rural to urban and urban to rural market through a network of women entrepreneurs.