The Rachana EDC, in a bid to fulfil its objective of developing entrepreneurs among the
community, examined the issue from all perspectives and seven months ago, drew up a
road map to achieve its stated goals. The road map emphasised activities in the following
1. Identification of Budding/existing entrepreneurs looking to set up, expand their
2. Entrepreneurship Awareness
3. Training sessions
4. Follow up with aspiring entrepreneurs to start enterprises
Rachana EDC, has over the last seven months focussed on all of these areas and has made
considerable progress in three of its four focus areas, viz. Identification of budding / existing
entrepreneurs looking to set up / expand their businesses, provided Entrepreneurship
Awareness and Follow-up to start enterprises. Despite efforts to set up systematic training
sessions for existing and aspiring entrepreneurs, a lack of faculty and trainees has prompted
a reassessment of this initiative. One or two individuals approached the centre for training
in specific areas, and had to be directed the concerned Govt. Department for the same.
It is a well known fact, that economic and industrial development in the country is a by
product of government policy and support. In this context, during the first twenty days,
prior to reaching out to help aspiring and existing entrepreneurs, Rachana approached
various govt. departments and other NGO’s, to collect information that will support self
Departments such as the Karnataka Minorities Development Corporation, Karnataka State
Women’s Development Corporation, Veterinary Department, Mangalore, Life Stock
breeding and training centre, Koyla, National Urban Livelihood Mission, Swarna Jayanthi
Swa Rojgar Yojana, District Industries Centre, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada dist. Karnataka
Milk Federation, Mangalore Taluk Primary Co-operative Agriculture and Rural Devt. Bank
Ltd., Commercial banks, Private Sector Banks like HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, MCC Bank, RUDSET
Institute, Ujire and Sri Sai Candles, Shivamogga were contacted in this regard.
After collecting the requisite information, the Rachana EDC approached aspiring and existing
entrepreneurs who had expressed a desire for assistance in their endeavours for need
identification and analysis. This analysis, led the EDC to take up the following initiatives.
Candle Making Training:
Training in Candle making was organised for five women aspiring entrepreneurs of Kulur. Rs:
40600/- was spent on this project of which Rs.31600/- was provided as seed loan to these
entrepreneurs on 26th of October 2014. Currently, these five women entrepreneurs market
their wares at local exhibitions conducted by Karnataka State Women’s Development
Corporation under the banner of “Five Star group”. They market their candles as well as
local food products at Sthree Shakti Bhavan near KSRTC Mangaluru. The Five star group has
now requested the Sthree Shakti Bhavan to provide a permanent marketing set up.
Dairy farmers Training:
Dairy farmers training was conducted for 152 farmers (men and women) at Kulur and
Permude. They were taken for an exposure trip to Sasihitlu and Moodabidri where
progressive farmers are managing more than 100 cows with one to two labours. This
training and exposure has motivated them to adopt new methods to increase the milk yield
of their cattle and in some cases increase the head count of cattle too.
Pig rearing Training:
Pig rearing training was provided to 26 individuals interested in the same at the Life Stock
Breeding and Training centre, kolya. This has resulted in some of them entering this field
and in other cases, to increase their head count through the purchase of pig lets from the
training centre which needs a five month lead time before actual delivery.
Entrepreneurship Awareness Training:
Two entrepreneurship awareness training sessions were conducted at Mukka and St.
Aloysius ITI college, Mangaluru respectively in which 134 youths participated.
All round achievement
Rachana EDC mobilised an amount of Rs. 27650/- from various government departments to
conduct different trainings on agriculture and entrepreneurship training. The Rachana EDC,
through its four pronged approach to entrepreneur development, as per its mandate,
motivated and assisted nearly 118 individuals for assistance to start / enhance businesses in
46 different trades in the Agricultural, Industrial and Services sectors. They have been
provided with awareness training, exposure, liaison and guidance to obtain capital from
Government and financial institutions. Of these 118, 34 individuals have already availed
loans amounting to Rs: 39 Lakhs, while the rest are at various stages of their applications to
various Govt. Departments like KMDC, NULM.
All in all, it has been nine months in which the belief that Rachana, is the ‘go to’ mentor for
aspiring entrepreneurs in the community has grown tremendously, we at Rachana look
forward to build this trust further in the coming months.