First of all, a very big thank you for your continuing support to this program. I am writing to provide you with a brief description of what we have been doing all this while in this project you are supporting. I will attempt to give you a short overview of the progress we have made in this covering letter however; a detailed report on the same is enclosed for your reference.
The farmers in Kotra (the remotest and greener region of Udaipur District) grow various kinds of pulses and lentils but the production for Tur Dal (Pigeon Pea) is much higher in this region. These tribal farmers traditionally would sell their raw produce to the middlemen who then subsequently sell it to the market (aggregators, traders, millers, retailers etc.) for processing, polishing and packaging of the Dal. In this value chain the farmer who produces it, earns a very small part of the profit as compared to the retailers/processors. We did a study a couple of years ago to assess the profits earned by these farmers and the value chain that exists. We realized that setting up a small mill for these farmers could help take away the middlemen/traders in the value chain and the farmers could earn the larger part of the profit. In this view the Dal Mill Program started to provide a profitable livelihood to these farmers. Following are
some snapshots of this program –
• In the region – Kotra – the production for Dal is around 1,200 – 1,500 metric tons.
• The farmers typically receive Rs.25-30 per kg on their Dal (raw) depending on the quality of their produce.
• These traders typically further sell the produce at Rs. 30-35 per kg to the market from where the raw dal is transported to the processing facilities.
• The dal mill was set up in 2008 by Seva Mandir with the support from you and other friends.
• 50 farmers became the member of the Dal Mill Program. The mill was purchased in mid 2008.
• Early 2009 the construction for the Mill house started. Today it is a nice building with one wide hall with two windows. In front of it an altar has been built to dry their produce or for other processing purposes.
• To date the 8 villages in Medi region together form a group for the Dal Mill Project.
• Today there are 111 tribal farmers are the members of the Dal Mill project.
• Their group is called Nala Dal Utpadak Sangh, Medi.
• This year the total Tur Dal they have processed is nearly around 10,000 kg.
• Around 2,500 Tur dal has been sold so far and some placed an order to purchase more.
• Now the farmers earn Rs. 70 per kg for the processed organic Dal they produce.
This has all been possible because of support from people like you. We would like to extend our gratitude to your support and faith in this program.
Recently we had organized a fair to promote the product among other citizens of the District. All the hotels, local traders and friends were invited. My colleagues and I have been also purchasing the dal as well for our personal use and we are really proud of these farmers’ product. For the marketing of their product a brochure has also been developed and we are also looking into ways that would help market their product and connect these farmers’ local, organic produce with the common man of Udaipur city.
Please have a look at the report enclosed herewith; it will give you a brief idea of the overall program. We would be very happy to receive feedback from you in case of any.
Thank you once again for all your significant support. We hope that you would be able to visit us someday.
With warm regards,
December 7, 2009
Greetings from Seva Mandir!
Many thanks to all of you for responding to our call of support during ‘Give More and Get More’ Challenge. We did quite well in the challenge and you would be happy to note that we stood third with receiving over $35,000 across various projects.
The funds are always helpful in continuing our work but that we can write to this community of supporters and rally support is very morale boosting. Thank you for your trust in us. We are truly grateful.
With best regards for the Holiday Season,
It’s the season for Thanks and Giving…and we hope very much that you will continue your support to Seva Mandir.
We wanted to let you know about an exciting opportunity that we are participating in through our partners, Global Giving. A donation made to any of our projects, on Global Giving between November 10 and December 1, will be matched.
Total donations up to $2,500 will be matched at 30%. Donations in the range $2,501 - $7,500 will be matched at 40%. Donations above $7501 will be matched at 50%. However, please note that only donation amounts below $500 will be eligible for matching – any donation above $ 500 will come to us, and make us more eligible for bonus awards but without the matching amount. SO GIVE MORE – GET MORE!
And if we raise the most money or get the most donations, we are eligible for bonus awards. First place for both categories will each receive $5,000, second place in each will receive $3,000 and third place in both categories will each receive $1,000.
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Matching funds are limited, so we request you to act as quickly as possible. You can give and also persuade friends and family to give. Minimum donation is $10 and donations are tax-deductible!
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Thank you for anything that you are able to do to support Seva Mandir.
With Greetings for the season,
August 13, 2009
Thank you for your continuing support to our programs. I am writing to share with you a bit of news.
Seva Mandir has recently won a Development Marketplace Grant Competition, organized by the Word Bank. The competition was exclusively for grassroots initiatives in South Asia to address the problem of undernutrition.
The Seva Mandir's project on 'Addressing Iron Deficiency Anemia in Rural Rajasthan through Iron Fortification of Flour at Village Level' was one of the 21 projects that won the competition in Development Marketplace.
We are all very excited at this achievement. If you have any queries on this project then please do write to me.
We are very happy to share this news with you. Thank you for all your support and contributions. We really appreciate it.
May 19, 2009
First of all, thank you for supporting us ever!
I have some quick news to share. In April end (22nd and 23rd) Margaret and John from Global Giving visited Seva Mandir Projects. We took them around and showed them our work in four villages. We exchanged a lot of ideas and learnt a lot about each other.
During their time here we visited our Pre School Center, Rural School, Immunization Camp, Dal Mill Project (Profit for poor), Village Library and Pastureland Development. They both found these programs very interesting but our meeting with one of the Fellows (Fellowship Project) – Jawan Singh in Barawa village was a special highlight for all of us.
We had lunch with Jawan Singh. It was a very hot day but we all were very happy to be able to wash our feet by a dug-well which still has lots of water. The water in this well is a result of our soil and water conservation work in this village. Margaret and John were very impressed to see our efforts and the strong leadership that has emerged over the years. Jawan Singh is a one such leaders. He is currently a Vikas Mitra Fellow (Fellowship Program). He took us around and showed all the activities that took place over the years. He also explained the caste struggle of his village to Margaret and John.
There were two more striking episodes occurred.
One is – when we visited the village library in Medi village – we met the teacher – Ram Lal who runs the library. He told us that he has 6 kids whose names are after countries like – America, Japan, India, and England etc. We were amused to note that ‘America is married now’.
Another incident – when we were interacting with children in our Rural School in Ushan village, the villagers came to meet the guests. The villagers asked several questions to John and Margaret including – what crops do they grow in America, if they also have a hilly terrain, if the rains are frequent and adequate in their country, what is the mean age of marriage in America etc.
Then, an old man asked if they knew – where the Sun goes in the night and that why sometimes the moon is full and sometimes not???
The people in villages were so happy to have guests. But they were so happy to be able to interact with them. Their innocent questions indicate that they have a desire to learn things and that, they are confident to ask questions.
John and Margaret answered to all these questions very patiently and they both appreciated the fact that they were able to interact with villagers other than development issues.
A very big thank you Margaret and John – it was very nice meeting you and learning all the innovating ways of raising funds, you are trying. We all are very happy meeting you and we appreciate all your support and help that you and your entire team provide us time to time.
I am also taking the opportunity to thank all our friends who have been supporting us through Global Giving. The appreciation we received from Margaret and John for our work is also a result of support from people like you. Thank you once again for all your support.
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