A high-impact response to the immediate impact of the COVID crisis that specifically addresses the livelihood needs of excluded, marginalised and vulnerable populations.
Economic opportunity solutions with the ability to achieve disruptive scale, that are an immediate COVID response for vulnerable farmer and artisan communities, especially women.
Providing farmers and artisans within self owned businesses, with capacities to transition their enterprises into the formal economy and reach economies of scale.
Co-owned Enterprises have constant support service and access to professionals to help improve design, quality, ensure compliance with global and national standards and innovate by way of value addition.
Enabling farmers and artisans to unlock their abilities to use digital tools, that allow transparency across the supply chain.
Platform for Inclusive Entrepreneurship is built to help farmers and artisans improve their economic and social well-being. By leveraging open-source technology, knowledge resources and deep hand holding support from pools of professionals, PIE enables enterprises to directly access national and global markets and reach scale.
Catalysing Systemic Change
Active in India and Ethiopia, PIE is a Societal Platform*. There are 1.33 million farmers and artisans on the platform, built on the principles of cooperation and collaboration, between civil society, government and business.
Curriculums, SOPs, designs, across multiple value chains accessible to the first mile at minimal costs, affordable to them.
Technology is used to create, communicate, deliver, and monitor the adoption of products and services
Collaborators co-create, provide access to innovative ideas and develop a shared ownership of the platform.
The platform facilitates interactions between civil society,government bodies and the marketplace.
Built on first mile needs, empowerment, transparency and data ownership restores agency to primary producers.
Intuitive app design, built on 6C system services provide the basic framework for rapid & decentralized scaling.
First mile driven ecosystem building approach to catalyse social change
The 6C framework is the backbone of PIE’s first mile solutioning. It presents an ecosystem vantage to map crucial interactions across the value chain. Each ‘C’ is a core component critical for enhancing socio-cultural empowerment, self sustainability and environmental balance.
Through enabling deep hand holding, PIE allows for collectivisation of marginal farmers and artisans, largely women, via Construct, with access to professional management services. This increases empowerment enabling producers to enhance competitiveness and produce within sustainable frameworks, move up the value chain supplying to organised markets, and aware consumers. Thus the engine of a next Regenerative Economy is powered, by allowing the most vulnerable primary producers to live in their communities, and become economic actors without migration, working with processes that are not harmful to the planet.
By adding on Capacity (training, skill enhancement), Create (value addition and design), Channel (access to markets), Capital (working capital financing at substantially lower than micro-finance rates) the 6C ecosystem completes itself with Connect, technology as an enabler.
A multi-channel, multi-partner inputs and outputs marketplace instance was implemented for 1,150 zero-budget natural farmers in eight clusters in Andhra Pradesh. Farmers realized a 75% increase with cumulative transactions of USD 4 million through direct trading on PIE.
An instance of advisory integration for zinc application for 300 farmers in a single cluster of Tamil Nadu led to a 12% increase in Paddy output and resulted in a 20% increase in income for targeted farmers.
The implementation of PIE concepts in the state of Bihar is ongoing where thousands of artisans are being aggregated for distributed manufacturing and unified marketing under a single brand, to enhance livelihood opportunities in the state.
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