100 Million smallholder farmers in India LOSE money on average from agriculture. They are extremely vulnerable to environmental risks which causes their income to be extremely variable. Kheyti was launched with the mission of using technology solutions to give small farmers get income certainty. After seeing first hand the significant production risk that farmers in India face, we conceptualized the “Greenhouse-in-a-Box”, an affordable, modular greenhouse bundled with end-to-end services. Our greenhouse fits in 1-2% of a small farmers land and gives a steady dependable cash flow of $100/month by growing 7 times more food protected from environmental risks using 90% less water in that small plot of land. Our vision is to see 1 million small farmers move out of the recurring cycle of poverty by 2025. See more at www.kheyti.com
Our team has a combined experience of more than 15 years in high impact enterprises, we have been entrepreneurial and worked first hand solving the problems of rural India. We dream of eradicating rural poverty and have the experience, capability and credentials to mobilize the resources required to achieve this dream. Kaushik started his journey in the social impact sector 8 years ago as the first employee of B-ABLE (www.b-able.in), a vocational training company that he helped grow over five years to have 250 training centers spread over 12 states of India (with 700 employees) training and placing 50,000 school dropouts each year. He is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School where he is an investee of the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures. He is an Acumen India Fellow 2014. Saumya is a second year MBA student at Kellogg and has been a social entrepreneur in India for the past 4 years. Prior to Kheyti, she founded YellowLeaf - a social enterprise that trained rural youth in India and helped them get overseas jobs free of exploitation. She is a recipient of the Resnick Family Social Impact Fund Fellowship, the Zell fellowship and the CRTI Fellowship at Northwestern. Saumya is also an Ashoka Emerging Innovator 2016 and winner of the CommonBond Social Impact Award 2016. Barath previously co-founded a boutique healthcare consulting firm, 159 Solutions Inc., to help global Oncology biotech companies with their sales and marketing decisions. Before 159 Solutions, Barath was a consultant at a global healthcare consulting firm, ZS Associates, for 5 years. Over the years, Barath gained a strong expertise in analytics through the healthcare consulting experience. Barath is currently a second year MBA student at Kellogg School of Management where he is a Zell Fellow.