Developing Rural Entrepreneurs Through Adoption and Mentoring
Assists its MAST graduates who are interested in starting group-based micro-enterprises
Provides financial assistance with equipment on lease (computers, printers, cameras, etc.) and startup costs through the ‘Adopt-an-Entrepreneur’ fund.
Mentors entrepreneurs during business incubation phase with guidance in planning, marketing and budgeting
Monitors the business’s progress and provides on-going support to help it grow
Who are Anudip Entrepreneurs?
They are low income, unemployed youth from mostly agrarian backgrounds and living in geographically isolated villages. They run a range of IT-based micro enterprises including cyber cafés, desktop publishing centers, digital photo studios, tailoring co-operatives, and computer training centers.
These self-run technology enabled businesses transform communities by:
Making it easier for rural people to access basic services such as online railway bookings, bill payments, digital photography, printing, mobile equipment purchase and repair.
Creating local jobs and reversing urban migration
Empowering women to achieve financial independence and gain a voice in the community