Creativity, Competence, Compassion and Character are the traits that define us and drive us in our passion to work with small and marginal farmers exposed to vagaries of nature.
Ours is a social business model which addresses three key issues the world face today:
We believe that grants, charity, technology, and markets alone cannot sustainably address the problems the world faces today. Therefore, we promote an Inclusive Business Eco-system, where key stakeholders including communities, companies, government, investors, technical experts, and entrepreneurs work together to address these issues sustainably and permanently.
Our agroforestry model approach is an innovative, system changing process through which small farmers not only achieve enhanced food, nutrition, and income security, but also meet the demands of raw material for leading industries, such as pulp and paper, herbal products, and other agro-based products. The model also reduce global warming through carbon sequestration, and conserve natural resources by gradually enhancing their regenerative capacity.
The model is inclusive because it not only benefits people with the land but also the landless and the unemployed rural youth. We generate approximately 100 person-days of wage employment per acre during harvesting & transportation of harvested produce. This provides the landless with employment at home and protects women and adolescent girls from harassment and exploitation outside.
SAI identifies and trains rural unemployed youth to become ‘Community Resource Person’ (CRP). Upon successful training, they are inducted as full-time employees with SAI to provide one-to-one support to the small farmers for which they earn an attractive salary and social recognition.
VISION AND MISSION
Create a world where marginalized sections of society are not viewed as mere recipients, but as active partners in development. They contribute actively to the economy while simultaneously enhancing their own social and economic standing.
To enable small and marginal farmers to move out of poverty by integrating them as rightful partners into corporate value chains, together with:
- Income, food & nutritional security for small farmer’ families
Employment opportunities for rural youth & landless people
- Transparent & resilient supply chains providing raw material supply to companies & reducing reliance on Import
- Reduction in Global Warming and natural resources through crop-tree plantation and organic agriculture
OUR BUSINESS MODEL
We negotiate and sign a buy-back agreement with the paper mills. The key clause of the agreement is that the paper mills would procure raw materials through SAI at current or future price, whichever is higher at the time of harvesting.
Following this, we mobilize and organize small and marginal farmers by conducting door-to-door awareness campaigns, and model farm visits. We build their capacity, organize agriculture equipment, provide doorstep delivery of inputs, and provide technical support throughout the production cycle. At the time of maturity, we organize harvesting, processing and transport. We take care of the end-to-end, ensuring complete transparency, and thereby eliminating the middlemen.
SAI’s unique feature is its Community Resource Person (CRP) concept. The CRP is a rural youth, belonging to the local area and selected by farmers themselves. These youth are trained by SAI to build their capacity to provide one to one support to the collaborative farmers for which they are paid monthly honorarium as well as performance incentives.
ECONOMICS OF BUSINESS
We are a B2B (Business to Business) and B2C (Business to Customers) company. We enter into partnerships with the farmers who fit our selection criteria. A nominal fee is also collected from the farmers.. In lieu, we provide services including farmers’ mobilisation, training and technical support, access to finance, quality inputs and farm machinery, supply chain management with direct marketing to the institutional customers. We strive for quality service as our charges are based on the volume and quality of the final product. After deduction of expenses, we share the profits equally with our farmers.
Our second source of revenue is from the industry. We get premiums for the supply of raw material from their core zone, which not only reduces their overall cost of production but also lowers the carbon footprint from transportation due to shorter transport distances.
Our third source of revenue is through value addition and marketing of the inter-crops.