YRGaitonde Medical Educational&Research Foundation

The YR Gaitonde Foundation (YRG Centre for Aids Rehabilitation and Education) is a non-profit organization based in Chennai, India. It mission is to prevent new HIV infestions and to assist those living with the infection to live with dignity, by providing care, support and/or education about HIV and its prevention.
Aug 14, 2014

Celebration of entrepreneurship

We are progressing, albeit slowly, towards resources to support 100 entrepreneurs.  We are delighted to acknowledge our donors who have continued to pledge support and committed to monthly giving. The journey however is far from over and we hope to reach our goals in the next six months.

The entrepreneurship program had surprise visitors in the last three months. Visitors from Copenhagen School of Business, Denmark and the Business School of the National University of Singpore, who expressed their interest in writing a case study about the project. 

Also, the ECO Kitchen is now part of a collaboration established by the Anna University, Chennai, to explore needs of children in Chennai city and to develop suitable strategies and products that would boost their health status.

The project plans to establish a training centre in Chennai for entrepreneurship development with special focus on KATHIR and for building supply chain for the production. 

We will be featuring in the America Tamil Medical Association conference (August 2014) at Washington, DC as a project of note from Tamil Nadu.

It has been very fulfilling few months and indeed a celebration for the spirit of entrepreneurship :)

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Feb 26, 2014

Progress until December 31, 2013

Kathir's core philiosophy is to provide resources and skills; create markets; and strengthen product range on sale. We could not as hoped significantly increase the number of entrepreneurs in this half year (July to December 2014), however we made significant strides supporting the existing entrepreneurs and improving the product range.

The readers will recall that the project set a fundraising goal of 100 carts (40000$) and has until date raised a little less than 22000$. By augmenting community donations we have as on date supported over seventy entrepreneurs,and the project is still hopeful of reaching its desired target by end 2014.

In October 2013, a series of workshops conducted in partnership with several non profits in Chennai city allowed us to address 4270 individuals of whom over 200 were identified for second level entrepreneurship training. 49 individuals have been selected for the KATHIR opportunity and they await required resources to establish the franchise. In the meanwhile we have enhanced the product range, introducing a delicious and nutritious vegetable rice, which has not only increaed the total sale volume for the entrepreneurs but has also created a new market: take away.

During the year 2014, we are proposing to establish a new opportunity - KATHIR CAMPUS - that allows individual entrepreneurs to set up a food service business within small offices and pantries, on exclusive basis. 

Your support is more critical than ever for the entrepreneurs in waiting. Please view our updated page on details of how this project works at http://www.ecokitchen.org/eco/kathir.html

Jul 25, 2013

Progress report as of June 30, 2013

Women
Women's Day event promoting KATHIR

We are pleased to report that the geographical area of the KATHIR project is now extended to suburban Chennai following augmentation of the delivery fleet and demand therefrom. ECO Kitchen conducted several community outreach sessions during this period.

International Women’s day 2013

ECO joined hands with the NGO SUEB to celebrate the international women’s day 2013 on March 8th.  Over 300 women participated in the KATHIR reach-out campaign. From this single event, 35 women registered for the entrepreneurship training on food handling, sales, hygiene, finance literacy, customer satisfaction etc.

Advocacy Programs

We met officials from the state authorities and law enforcement agencies to continue informing them about the goals of the project and to provide an enabling business environment for the women entrepreneurs. We also met with the various people’s representatives and police departments to mobilize their support, and they have pledged their support for this project.

Progress and milestones

ECO Kitchen has identified 20 women who have completed the training and are awaiting the award of micro franchise “KATHIR”. With the available funds, we have inducted 6 entrepreneurs and appeal to all readers to share this report with their friends and also support the project again this year to reach the goal of 100 entrepreneurs. Our financial goal was to reach 40000$, we have reached 21000$, with a remainder of 19000$. We have made meaningful progress with our goal as we have so far inducted 63 entrepreneurs commensurate with the funds raised.

Future plans

We will be introducing a new variant of the entrepreneurship, “Kathir Campus” a captive plan for small businesses to support women entrepreneurs with a safe location. Vending will be exclusive to that business – staff and visitors.  Entrepreneurs will use either carts or furnish available pantry space. We expect that the women will earn similar income through this model. 

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