Livelihood Programs

 

Community Kitchen Products at Haliyal Utsav

At the Shivaji Stadium in Haliyal, the enthusiasm was palpable. So were the colours, the aromas, the buzz of the Karavali communities who gathered to celebrate the annual Haliyal Utsav. A year-end tradition since the last five years, the Haliyal Utsav brings together villages from the coastal areas of Karnataka in a fun fair that showcases their vibrant communities. This year the women of CherYsh Community Kitchen were proud participants in the Haliyal Utsav. The women proved their mettle in bringing together a well packaged and labeled collection of spice mixes, chutneys and pickles neatly displayed in the CherYsh stall. These women of substance were 100% engaged in the production, packaging and sales of their produce from the CherYsh Community Kitchens. Professionally trained every step of the way, the women are competent in sourcing raw materials, maintaining high standards of hygiene during production and packaging and delivering consistent quality in every batch. The aim of registering women to participate at the Utsav, was to infuse greater entrepreneurial zeal in them. It was heartening to see the once shy women communicate smartly, explaining the products to customers, making entries in their account books and tracking sales.

The spice mixes produced by CherYsh Community Kitchens of Mundawad and Jogunkuppa included sambhar powder, groundnut & fried gram chutney mixes, sweet-lime and lemon pickles, and nutritious groundnut laddoos. The produce was hygienically packed in 100, 200 and 250gm packs. The response was encouraging and earned them praise for freshness and good quality. Visitors to Haliyal Utsav were curious about the spice production units run by our kitchen women, assuming they were factories. The women explained the processes and their own involvement in the entire process with guidance from CherYsh.

The exposure, and confidence from making sales, has empowered women to participate in ‘santhes’ ( local market) and such community events in the village neighbourhood.

Kitchens at work

The Community Kitchen production continues to produce a nutritious evening supplement for students who attend Shikshas and dry food items that are sold to EID Parry canteens.

  • Focus on financial literacy and entrepreneurship in 2017-18.
  • Associated with Buzz India for imparting trainings on financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Two trainings were delivered by Mr. Chandrashekariaih , an expert grassroot trainer in the subject. Advanced trainings to follow post a survey.
  • Kitchen women produced a steady quantity of 50 – 60 Kg of dry food products which were sold commercially.
  • Nutritious peanut laddoos prepared by the kitchens were distributed to children every day at the Shikshas. The total units of snack produced per month by the two kitchens combined is approximately 27,000.
  • They cater meals to all the training programmes conducted y CherYsh.
  • The average income per member per month is Rs.1088.
  • All Community Kitchen members have bank accounts.
  • CherYsh field staff has nominated three women from each kitchen as potential leaders for future entrepreneurship.

Serve And Lead Training (SaLT): Skilling for Entrepreneurship

Continuous learning and skill enhancement was delivered through the SaLT session. Mr. Chandrasekariah, experienced Trainer from Buzz India, delivered the sessions on financial literacy. The sessions gave women greater insight, and practical skills to understand basics of enterprise, qualities of an entrepreneur, family budgeting, receipts and payments, financial goal setting, loan management and so on.

Keeping the kitchens earning

Women of the Community Kitchens took up new orders and prepared for increase in sales. Local sales were generated in village neighbourhoods. In addition, new orders were developed from Ramdurg and Bagalokot factories of EID Parry. Laddoos were delivered to around 1000 children at the Shikshas.

Over 85 kg. of various food products were delivered to the Bagalkot and Haliyal, EID-Parry canteens. All meals for the training sessions were catered for by members of the Community Kitchens.

Community Kitchens – Geared up

Women of Community Kitchens earned a regular income from sale of food products. Their scheduled deliveries continued with supply to the CherYsh Shikshas, and the EID Parry factory canteens. A woman from the village, tailored the new gear worn by women, opening a new line of skill work linked to the Community Kitchens. A new plan to expand the order base in being developed for the financial year 2017-18.

The e-story: User Learning Curve

The e-story in Haliyal began with the introduction of Tablet devices for Learning Facilitators(Shiksha Tutors). This enables them to maintain enrollment records of all children, their performance evaluation, and attendance. In addition, the devices were updated with audio-visual content for the phonics-based English learning program. Training programs were conducted and covered aspects of excel usage, user interface, data, and data integrity.

Team leads were identified from amongst the 25 Learning Facilitators, to be a local resource, based on their technology usage skills. These Facilitators will enhance the quality of training within the 25 Shikshas that they manage. The training also helps to deepen their skills for livelihoods. The Shiksha Tutors demonstrated quick learning as they captured fresh user generated content for the program.

The CherYsh Community Kitchens

The Serve and Lead Training: Experience of client engagement

A feedback system was instituted by CherYsh to enable women to engage directly with the buyer on aspects of quality. The Canteen Manager and staff at the local sugar factory of the EID Parry group, welcomed women of the Community Kitchens to their conference room. The factory team conveyed that workers eating at the canteen had appreciated the "home-made” and "tasteful" flavor, also that the products were "unadulterated". These aspects, they added, are unique and should be sustained at the Community Kitchens. Chitra from the Community Kitchen, later having lunch at the factory canteen, with the CherYsh members, was delighted to see the place where her efforts are showcased. "I want everyone who eats here to enjoy our preparations, and then speak about it in the village (Jogankoppa, where she lives, and works at the CherYsh Community Kitchen)."

Economic Empowerment of Rural Women

The SaLT session for women of the Community Kitchens included training on using, and conserving, energy via fuel-efficient cooking stoves.

In addition a SaLT session was delivered by staff of the Gateway Lakeside to support women of the Community Kitchens with information on quality, storage, new snack recipes, recipes for pickles, and elements of packaging.

Peer Training in Mundwad kitchens

The CherYsh Community Kitchens continue to supply food products to two factories in Haliyal. Women earned a sustained income from sale of 200+ kilograms of food products per order.

In June, women who had been trained from the first community kitchen were encouraged to train members of the second kitchen in Mundwad village. Their skills as trainers and entrepreneurs were honed in this process.