Based in Odisha, India, eKutir is a social business that focuses on improving the lives of smallholder farmers through increased prosperity and productivity. While many social enterprises focus on farming and agriculture specifically, what makes eKutir specifically interesting is its use of information and communication technologies (ICT). This, in turn, could impact India as a whole.
The featured video explains exactly how eKutir works: through equalizing unfair information distribution (on seeds, fertilizer, market info, etc.) through a network of social entrepreneurs. "eKutir sets up franchised, local hubs to support small farmers within a 15 km radius," the team writes in a press release. "The hubs are served by eKutir-trained local entrepreneurs who offer tailored agricultural advice, trade information and value chain linkages via the ICT-based tools. eKutir now operates in 4 states across India, serving nearly 2000 villages, close to 50,000 farmers and has created over 60 micro-entrepreneurs for ag-based services."
eKutir on YouTube