Ideas

The Bio-degradable Leaf Cups & Plates cooperative

ProGreen model is leverages on the cost economies of small producers in rural India. Areca cup and plate manufacturing is a labor-intensive process, which involves employment of labor – from collection of raw materials to production of the finished product. The cooperative members are from low income communities in rural areas – will be involved in the manufacturing these cups and plates. The pilot unit is being set-up at Samudaram Village, Salem District.

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These cooperative members are business partners for ProGreen, which will primarily outsources production from them. In addition to providing technology and training support, ProGreen will play a major role accessing and establishing lucrative export markets for the product.

The cost of the machinery for manufacture will be borne by the stakeholders. ProGreen will partner with banks and finance institutions to finance the machines. ProGreen believes that it is important for the stakeholders to own their business, and become micro-entrepreneurs. This will ensure sustainability of the cooperative

The Rural BPO cooperative

The cooperative will comprise of such educated youth, mainly from rural and semi-urban areas.The cooperative will comprise of such educated youth, mainly from rural and semi-urban areas.ProGreen will group the members to initiate the cooperative. It will provide a common worksite, with connectivity, for where the BPO cooperative can function. ProGreen will also focus on training, so that the members are equipped with the necessary skill sets, to carve a niche for themselves in the BPO industry.

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The cost of the computers, which is approx. US$ 400, is expected to be borne by the cooperative members, i.e. the educated youth in rural areas. ProGreen will partner with banks and finance institutions to finance the computers. ProGreen believes that it is important for the stakeholders to own their business, and become micro-entrepreneurs. This will ensure sustainability of the cooperative.
Thus, the cooperative members are not same as traditional BPO employees; they are micro-entrepreneurs, each of them making an investment in this business opportunity.

The cooperative will comprise of such educated youth, mainly from rural and semi-urban areas.ProGreen will group the members to initiate the cooperative. It will provide a common worksite, with connectivity, for where the BPO cooperative can function. ProGreen will also focus on training, so that the members are equipped with the necessary skill sets, to carve a niche for themselves in the BPO industry.The cost of the computers, which is approx. US$ 400, is expected to be borne by the cooperative members, i.e. the educated youth in rural areas. ProGreen will partner with banks and finance institutions to finance the computers. ProGreen believes that it is important for the stakeholders to own their business, and become micro-entrepreneurs. This will ensure sustainability of the cooperative.Thus, the cooperative members are not same as traditional BPO employees; they are micro-entrepreneurs, each of them making an investment in this business opportunity.Further, ProGreen will interface between large captive as well as third-party BPO players to sun-contract work from them. The sub-contracted work will mainly be in the ‘Data Entry and Conversion’ service line. The worksite will have sufficient infrastructure to ensure hassle free functioning of day-to-day activities. ProGreen will take care of general administration and staffing functions. There will be no hassles of salary overheads involved for any of the large BPO players involved as the cooperative works on a self-employment model.

Thus, ProGreen enables the cooperative members to earn a sufficient livelihood. Using IT as a tool for economic and social empowerment is one of the fundamental objectives of ProGreen