Sir Gangadharrao Chitnavis Trust is a charitable trust working in the field of education and skilling. The Trust has initiated a project ‘NGOs connect’ to bring together local NGOs / SHGs on one common platform.
We are launching the year-long Mentoring Program for NGOs and Self Help Groups who make and sell products. It is planned that the following modules will be covered –
• Product design & development
• Foundations of Design
• Branding / Packaging,
• Finance / Scaling up
The formats to cover these segments the following format will be used training at Chitnavis Trust, Computer lab hands on session, practical workshops, industrial visit, one on one mentoring etc. This complete exercise will be done with support from expert trainers / faculties from respective fields.
This is phase three of our NGO’s Program
In phase one, two weeks Training Session were arranged to provide expert guidance to the NGOs representatives to upgrade / upscale their products. The faculties were well known figures from the city who have tremendous experience, expertise & knowledge of their respective field. The faculties includes Ms. Nidhi Gandhi who shared about latest trends & colours in textile industries, Mr. Lalit Vikamshi spoke about design up gradation through artists perspective, Mr. Kautuk & Ms. Rhea Trivedi took an interesting topic ‘Kala ki Abhikalpana’. All the topics & sessions provided a new direction to the participants to improve their products and also the scope of innovations. Along with design / quality inputs, the entrepreneurship skills sessions were also arranged covering the topics of marketing strategy by Mr. Rahul Kale, Digital marketing by Dr. Sangeeta Deshpande, Organization of thought & Mind mapping by Dr. Medha Dixit etc. – thus enabling the generation of sustainable livelihoods for their beneficiaries.
The second programme of this initiative was the ‘NGOs Marketplace’ which took place from 17th to 19th of October 2022 at Chitnavis Centre. The Trust organized this exhibition free of cost that is without charging anything from the participating NGOs & SHGs.
NGOs Marketplace has been designed with two objectives, firstly – To create a platform for local NGOs / SHGs to market products produced by their beneficiaries & secondly to act as a bridge between NGOs / SHGs and the local businesses community
Participating NGOs are mostly women from economically weaker section of society who want to become economically independent, as also those working with differently abled and children with special needs.
The products their beneficiaries make range from paper products to cloth bags to food items which are as follows –
Files, paper bags, jute bags, fancy envelops, paper flowers, rugs, terracotta products, handmade greeting cards, candles,mobile covers, door mats, phenyl, herbal tea, millets, organic ground nut oil, block prints, ceramic pots, door hangings etc. The exhibition allowed the sale of products. The visitors appreciated the products & it was a successful venture. Few NGOs / SHGs made changes & improved their product designs which yielded good results in their sales.
Names of NGOs & SHGs participated were – Regional Mental Hospital / Tata Trusts (Udaan Program), Aamhi AamchyaAarogyasathi, Ashirwad Foundation, Society For Sustainable Development of Indigenous Women, Ashadeep, SVK Shikshan Sanstha, Sahyadri Foundation, Muk badhir School, Saoner, Mudraas Charitable Society, Sankalp Siddhi Sanstha, Vikalp, Aroha Multipurpose Society, Rajratna Mahila BachatGat, Tejaswini Mahila Bahu uddeshiya Sanstha, Sai mahilagruh udyog, Arpita Bachat gat, Manthan SwayamSahayyMahila Bachat Gat & Swaumak Mahila Bachat Gat.
We would like to appeal NGOs & SHGs to contact Ms. Nisha Thakur on 9423959617 for registering for this unique initiative. This mentoring program will support in a big way to scale up your product design & also improve the entrepreneurship skills of your team. This complete package will help your organization in a big way to create a better market for your product & upscale your NGOs / SHGs standards.