Photo of the Week: Crafting New Opportunities in India

June 04, 2014

An entrepreneur builds a thriving business with TechnoServe’s assistance.

Mala Giridhar (left), a clinical psychologist, launched the crafts business Chetana in order to create opportunities for people with mental disabilities in her southern Indian community. But while she understood the benefits of providing her employees with meaningful work, she knew little about building a business. So in 2009, Mala entered a TechnoServe business plan competition. She received training on business fundamentals and was selected as one of five winners to receive seed capital to put her business plan into action.

Today, Chetana employs 20 people in the workshop and an additional 40 women who work from their homes. “What everyone needs,” Mala says, “is an opportunity to do what we are capable of doing.”

Learn more about Chetana.

 

Related Blog Posts

 

Integrated Farming for Improved Futures in India

Integrated Farming for Improved Futures in India

Making the most out of a patch of land, smallholder farmers in Karnataka, India are adopting integrated farming systems to sustain themselves and the environment.

The Journey of Shanti Devi: Farmer, Mother, Executive

The Journey of Shanti Devi: Farmer, Mother, Executive

In Bihar, India, TechnoServe is working with women smallholder farmers to build more transparent and prosperous agricultural value chains, and to access more decision-making roles, on their farms and across the sector.

Growing Prosperity in a Greenhouse

Growing Prosperity in a Greenhouse

As more young people in rural East Africa turn to agriculture for their livelihood, visionaries like Samson Makenda are modernizing their farming operations for a more prosperous future.