January 19, 2009
New Year Greetings from Seva Mandir!
Thank you very much for your continued supported. I am Deepti and I look after the Reporting and Communication Program in Seva Mandir. I will be staying in touch with you regularly to keep you updated about the program that you have been supporting.
We have some exciting news to share. However, before sharing the exciting news I would like to go over the time line for this program as to refresh what we have done in past few months in this program.
Starting with discussion on a Mill project in October 2007 we successfully sold the procured Tur Dal (Piegon Pea) in January 2008. This boosted confidence in all the member farmers (a total 50 farmer got registered initially from 5 villages). As a result, we agreed to revise the business plan and submitted its proposal to our various Partners including Global Giving in February-March 2008 for raising funds.
In April we organized a training on Processing Technique of Dal (Pulse) for member-farmers. This was funded and supported by the Government of India. In May the marketing of the processed Dal that farmers had learnt to produce during training in April was done. This particular exercise encouraged the farmers since they sold Dal at a price they could not imagine (the farmers otherwise sell off their Dal without processing at a very low price). As a result the member began to grow slowly and reached to about 100 in January 2009.
In June 2008 an agreement was made between the farmers, Seva Mandir and the Government for granting the farmers funds for buying Machinery for this Project. It was followed by procuring Machinery in July and in August the process of locating a piece of land where the machine can be installed was completed. In three months of last year i.e. from October to December the member farmers managed to procure a piece of land from the Local Village Council (Panchayat) and began the action plan of installing the Machinery.
The exciting news is that the member farmers have laid the stone of Foundation on 3rd January 2009. Every member is very excited about this. All part of the Mill has been bought except the Diesel Engine.
The procurement of Tur Dal is currently going on and the target is to procure at least of 100 qtl. We expect that Building the Mill-House will be completed by March 2009 if we manage to raise $ 3650 which is the deficit amount for construction.
On the other account, for procurement too, we are looking for funds. Although, we did manage to raise $ 2100, but we are in deficit of another $4000 to support the remaining costs for procurement.
It has become quite a long feedback, but there is more I want to share with you as what a member-farmer is? How does it work? Why we need funds for procurement etc.
We would like to say a big Thank you for keeping your faith in us and proving these farmers a big opportunity to earn more income.
Thank you once again. I would be very happy to address to your queries if any.
With warm regards,
In Charge Reporting and Communications
Greetings form Seva Mandir!
We would like to communicate our heartfelt thanks to all our donors for their continuing support and faith in our work. We would like to share a brief update of the program that you are supporting.
In the Program – ‘Profits for Poor’ - the harvest season for the pulse (urad - blackgram and tuar - pigeon pea) is nearing and the community is making preparations for the harvest. As of now the community is discussing the procurement mechanism (place, responsible person, storage mechanism) and arranging for a loan. There is much enthusiasm about the whole process.
Along with it there has also been discussions regarding the contribution that each village community could do in the construction of the building where they will be installing the machinery for processing. Many villagers are excited to undertake their first big business venture. However, the constraints for funds are there because a working capital is required in order to run the processing plant at its full capacity. The community will also be seeking a loan from the Village Development Fund of the village and some amount from their membership fee will also be helpful in adding to the total working capital. However a big portion of the total working capital is still to be sought.
Your support therefore, is very critical in this program. We hope that it sees a wonderful success and that every farmer gets maximum benefits from the program. Everyone has been learning a lot in this program and the energy shown by the villagers is remarkable.
I would like to thank once again to all of you for helping the farmers is their first business venture. Kindly keep up your support.
If you have any questions then please do contact me at email@example.com
In Charge Natural Resource Management Program
Seva Mandir, India
Presently land transfer from the Panchayat to the Group is under process. Also efforts are being made to get electricity connection in the village so that the mill infrastructure when ready, can be electrified. Seva Mandir team is also planning for a common meeting of all the villages where a discussion can be held regarding the contribution that can be raised from the different villages for the construction of the mill infrastructure.
Near Future Plans and activities: 1. Land transfer from panchayat. 2. Building infrastructure. 3. Machinery installation. 4. Power connection.
In the month of May 2008 Seva Mandir team along with the farmers associated with Dal Mill Project organized a half-day long camp to sell off the Tur and Urad Dal (Pigeon Pea and Pulses) in Seva Mandir headquarter, Udaipur City. Both of these dals (Tur and Urad) had been processed during the trainings that these farmers had received in the month of April 2008. The sale was very good as the farmers were able to sell off a total of 45 kg Dal in just half a day. This has boosted a lot of confidence amongst them. It was also an assurance for them that there is a good market for their product.
As of now the farmers are in the process of negotiating with their local Panchayat (Government Village Council) to get an allotment of a small piece of land, which will be used to construct a Mill House. The villagers have had a meeting with the Government officials in early May but they have not been able to satisfy the Panchayat for the same. A couple of farmers are willing to donate their private land for the purpose but their common understanding is to get the local Government help in this because the project is for the common good for all of them.
Alongside the farmers have placed an order for the Mill Machinery from the manufacturer at Akola Maharahstra. The harvesting season for another Dal (Moong Dal) in the region is fast approaching. Hence, the farmers are preparing for it and planning to begin the operation soon in the coming weeks.
“We thank all of our donors for making the dreams of these farmers come true.”
The Mill to process the Tur Dal (Pigeon Pea) has been ordered. The farmers have been trained to process the Dal. Procurement so far has been successful and selling of the Dal at better prices has earned these many farmers a lot of confidence in this project. Please read the update to learn about the progress in detail.
Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.
If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.