Bangalore, Karnataka, India
We are a village enterprise based in Sonitpur, north bank Assam working with local communities who are affected by human-elephant conflict (HEC). Objective: Enable affected communities to find additional sources of income to supplement their earning from paddy farming & Prevent rural communities from reaching a stage where they have to stop farming, sell their land or migrate to urban areas due to human-elephant conflict Planned Initiative โ€“ Building Sustainable Livelihoods Phase 1: Handloom & Handicraft Unit + Saneki Collective โ€“ Rural Tourism Activities Please see our Building Sustainable Livelihoods section to know more about these initiatives. Phase 2: Small Scale Food Processing Unit We currently have a small scale food processing unit called TRIPTI, which is run by self-groups under the Mahila Shakti Kendra (MASK) Currently Processed: Locally available fruits and vegetables into pickles and juice. Sold in the local market only. Future Plans: We aim to scale up this operation as a joint initiative with MASK to enable more women to gain employment and also create a product line that can be marketed globally. We would also like to set up a Research and Development farm where we can try high value crops which can then be processed into pickles,jams and juices . Provide knowledge and market access in partnership with established agro based corporates. Improve Product Packaging. Work with the Assam Agricultural University to document and integrate indigenous knowledge of agricultural technology to create processes that combine traditional knowledge and modern science to improve agri production Objective: Support capacity building of local communities with knowledge and market access Planned Initiative - Community Capacity Building Phase 1: Relevant workshops to be conducted providing access to address gaps in knowledge Please see our Research & Capacity Building section to know more. Phase 2: Provide a space where interested members of the community can learn how to use the internet and other relevant computer skills to improve their knowledge,exposure as well as expand their job prospects.

Other Info: : To learn more about our efforts รข€“ please see our Building Sustainable Livelihoods Initiative which is focused on offsetting economic losses caused by HEC through a Handloom & Handicraft Unit and Rural Tourism activities. You can also see our current product range in the Products Gallery as well as know more about our Tour packages and related activities in the Saneki Collective section. To participate and learn about our research projects and community capacity building efforts รข€“ please see our Research & Capacity Building section.

Capacity Building Programme : We plan to conduct different workshops throughout the year which will focus on developing various skills and creating awareness about different pertinent issues for our community partners. - Design Conceptulization and Development Workshop We conducted a 5 day residential workshop with 15 artisans (Weavers + Cane Craftsmen) to help them learn how to ideate and create new designs as well as provide knowledge about current market trends, available craft products from other states and how to create modern utility products using their traditional designs and skills. The workshop was conducted pro bono by Mrs. Shibani Jain, NID Alumni , Founder of the Baaya Design Store in Mumbai. The workshop had 6 sessions focusing on the following concepts; Session 1 - Design Concepts Session 2 - Design Brainstorming Session 3 - Product Awareness Session 4 - Product Analysis and Market Viability Session 5 - Colour Concepts Learning from this workshop is reflected in the range of products created by our artisans for the Village Enterprise showcased in the Products section in the Website.

The Saneki Collective : A participatory Rural Community Tourism initiative. This initiative is an opportunity for travelers, artists, photographers, writers, visitors, wildlife enthusiasts; anyone who is keen to learn about the communities we work with to come and meet our artisans, experience the unique wilderness of north bank Assam and other locations. We hope that you will support our efforts to not only build Sustainable Alternate Livelihoods for the communities affected by HEC but also raise awareness about Wildlife and Nature Conservation.

Handloom & Handicraft unit : We work with a majority of weavers and cane/bamboo artisans from our project villages in an attempt to provide them with an alternate source of income, which will not only help to offset the economic losses caused by Human-Elephant conflict but also encourage them to continue their craft, develop their skills and teach these traditional arts to the next generation. We can do bulk or customized individual orders. We are constantly trying new designs and ideas for cane and handloom products; so do write in with feedback and ideas and keep checking in to see our latest work. We hope to expand our artisan base as much as possible so do support our initiative and help our artisans to preserve their heritage.

Company Facts

Business Type : Manufacturer / Exporters / Wholesale Suppliers / Retailer
Year of Estd : 2008
Company Turnover : Below Rs. 0.5 Crore Approx.
Ownership : Individual (Sole proprietorship)
Business Markets : All India


Contact Details

Puja Mitra

Saneki Head Office, No. 364, 8th a Main, 4th Block, 1st Cross, Koramangala, Bangalore, Karnataka - 560034, India

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