REKHA CHAVAN DIDI
I met Manjari Didi, who asked me whether loans would help women to start businesses. I had seen that reaching more customers in cities for rural women was a bigger hurdle than getting a loan. FarmDidi helped us understand everything from food hygiene, testing, packing, licensing, marketing, negotiation, etc. I have become confident and more courageous now to face difficulties and solve problems in my personal life, too, after starting the pickles and flour business with FarmDidi.
Vaishali Gadankar Didi
Manjari Didi encouraged us to produce food that we make best and earn some livelihood out of it. She liked the taste and introduced us to the process of food manufacturing and its hygiene practices. I was thrilled when I knew my food would reach people all over the nation, and my family was happy and supported me to turn my hobby into a business. I always wanted to contribute to my family in monetary terms, and FarmDidi helped me do that.
I came to know about FarmDidi through Swades Foundation. We used to sell in nearby areas in small amounts, and FarmDidi helped us increase our market reach and get training in food quality and hygiene. We have also become well known in our village after partnering with FarmDidi. With the guidance of the FarmDidi team, I learned negotiation, and now, I can better manage the orders and accounts. I like working with the team and hope to continue in the future.
Nirmala Shinde Didi
I am an anganwadi worker and I like connecting with people and helping them, which makes bringing 300+ women together in different SHGs an easy job. I met Manjari, the chief Didi through a fellow at Chaitanya NGO. We all observed that out of the available resources on our land, Jowar, Rice, Bajra are available in huge quantities, and we decided that the flour could be made available in the cities. FarmDidi made us aware about food hygiene compliance. With this, the SHG women could be able to earn something on their own, so that they can make their own...