We exist to reinstate pride in farming as an economically desirable and environmentally sustainable profession by equipping farmers and youth with hi-tech farming solutions and delivering premium quality authentic organic produce to consumers
“Working as Gandhi Fellow for development of Government school and village Panchayats, I met, Dinesh, a class 6th student in Dabri Baloda, Government Sr. Secondary School, Rajasthan. He is very bright in academics. At this young age, he is a great public speaker and leads the school assembly. However, he is an irregular student. Regardless, my several attempts at wooing him with chocolates, promises and every other trick up my sleeve, he kept skipping school. One day, post school, I set out with him to talk with his family and sort the problem. There, I met his guardian uncle, Baba Dharamveer, a farmer and sole bread earner for their family of 20 because the family lost Mahesh’s father, his brother, 10 years ago. The men, woman and older children supported Baba in the fields while Dinesh took care of toddlers. Despite the entire family working around the clock, there earnings are meager. This incident kindled a fire within to bring about change. They were a family of organic farmers but with no nearby market selling organic produce. They have to sell the produce at a nominal price to a middlemen and a nearby granary. With no city nearby, and Dharamveer baba being differently abled, he couldn’t reach consumers in Jaipur and Delhi.
I stayed with these families for 3 months in Community Village Immersion program. There, SOTIYO was established to improve the lives of millions of farmers while protecting the environment and providing the best quality organic produce to our consumers. “
- Our society faces repercussions of unsustainable agriculture.
By 2050, 80% of Rural population of India would reside in urban cities, with less no. of farmers and double population to feed posing threats of Food insecurity.
- By 2018, ground water level has already fallen by 85% , agriculture is adding to Environmental crisis such as air pollution, deforestation, and increased toxic particles in the food chain.
- Inaccessibility of farmers to direct markets leading to restrictions on the farmer in adopting organic farming.
- Exploitation by middlemen leading to diluted profits.
- No government MSP exists exclusively for Organic crops.
WE HAVE SKILLS TO SHOW
Belonging from an agrarian Family of Haryana, Bhawna Has Graduated in Business Management from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, University of Delhi. She believes sustainable agriculture and farmers are the answer to the economic and environmental well being, hence, Sotiyo is an effort for the same.
(Logistics and Operations Lead)
A mechanical engineer academically from Maharishi Dayanand University, Haryana, Naveen holds an experience of running his own business in Construction Material Supplies. With an aim to impact lives at grassroot level, he seeks to support the farmers with best in market tools and inputs at most affordable price and consumers with experience of SOTIYO’s quality products with cost effectiveness.
(Field Operations Lead)
A passionate social worker professionally with his graduation and masters in Sociology from Banaras Hindu University, Amit has experience of working as a Gandhi Fellow with multiple stakeholders including government officials, panchayat systems and community members in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan.
Mahesh Kumar Saini
Mr. Mahesh is a PhD scholar (Morphological and Molecular Characterization) from Amity University, Jaipur. He is working as a visiting Assistant Professor (Botany) in Vasundhara Women’s P.G. College Achrol, Jaipur. He has deep knowledge of Medicinal Plant Farming, Organic Farming and Natural farming and successfully produced agro-based food products, biofertilizers and biopesticides in his 11 years research carrier. He has worked with government organizations like DRMR (Rajasthan), Plant Pathology Department (IARI Delhi), CSIR-NISTADS (Delhi), CSIR-CSMCRI (Gujarat).
Currently pursuing MBA (Class of 2020) at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Having spent six years in the financial services industry and analytics roles, Priyanka is equipped with skills in designing data governance processes to ensure quality and data-strategies to support strategic product enhancements.
Currently, an MBA candidate at the Simon Business School at Rochester, Nitin has worked with S&P Global for 7 years in financial analytics products and developed skills in data management, data governance, robotics process automations and analysis to support strategic product enhancement.
Having an interest towards finance Bhuvan pursued his both his degrees, MBA from Faculty of Management Studies and Bachelor of Management Studies from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies in Finance. Coming from a humble family in Delhi, through Sotiyo, he seeks to resolve financing issues for farmers.