This is fantastic update !! very encouraging !! Never feel bad for not roping us in..as long as the work gets done ……..
Dai sema sema…..my thoughts are inline…. Give me a missed call..we can talk in detail. My key concerns:
1) The plan looks excellent and we can let Meena to come back with the info.
2) I would like to know if this is a real need i.e. are those 20+ students currently earning ? what are they doing/how are we clearly changing or making a difference for their personal life/career by giving them the 5k p.m vs. their existing salary etc.
3) Is the 6m duration full 8 hrs every weekeday ? Qn is wat will be most convenient for the 20+ students. One other thing is the 8hr schedule for 6m required for stitching ?? So concern is, we must make sure the duration, course structure is suitable for studnets to encourage them to participate….not-drop-out..etc. Adding to this and passing lesson learnt from Ramesh(Unnati) & Karuppaiyan(Neduvasal) : Both mentioned that professional training programs like this, might need to ensure that the participants have some stake of themselves.to ensure they are serious about this, they have something to loose if they drop out or not be focussed, something like a marginal course fee…(which they can easily pay after the 5k salary…and in some situation we can aswell give them a 0% loan for the fee and ask them to repay).
Lets not take this too deep…..solutions could be many…all I want you to keep in mind is the above concerns when we talk to Meena or Muniraju and make sure we address the problems correctly.
Reg: Budget: 10k pm commitment and one time upto 30-40k of CAPEX is verymuch possible. Our current balance is:
66k cash + 15Kp.m inflows.
Once again Thnx Vignesh…for taking concrete actions……Am all for making this happen in the right manner. I have cc’d the heads of each exec-team…….am sure Vatsa, Vivek will also be very eager to know about the progress made in this front !!!!…
Pls let me know what TIMELINES are you thinking of to get Meena’s info, our next call. I will try to get DaD registered officiallly prior to that.
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On Sat, Oct 9, 2010 at 1:47 PM, Vignesh Kumar Manogaran wrote:
I met Meena and discussed the way forward. She is very excited about
the tailoring training centre project, and is confident of getting
Further details on the tailoring project
- approx Rs. 10k / month opex is required. Rs. 50 k is the capital needed.
- she is very confident of getting the placed at Rs. 5k p.m. salary in
nearby garment manufacturers (e.g. Gokaldas exports, Zodiac, etc.)
- 1 batch (~ 20 ppl) takes 6 months to be trained from no skill to job – ready
- the workers stay in that location for 6 m for sure, and this skill
is something they can apply elsewhere if and when they move out also.
3 next steps that Meena will progress on
a) Discuss with the parents of prospective candidates and come up with
a list of 20 – 30 people who are committed to signing up for a 6 month
b) Discuss with garment manufacturers and test their keenness to hire
/ also partly fund if they are assured recruits
c) Check with bank whether loan for capital expenditure would be
possible (given it is equipment they are purchasing, I guess it should
Once she has some info on the above, we can have a call together
(along with the head of the organization Mr.Muniraju as well) to
My suggestion: we should fund opex + some margin money for capex.
Also, we should give a commitment for training 1 batch atleast, and
then take it forward from there.
Sorry, I could not rope any of you in. Today, I happened to stay in
blore and did not want to lose a chance of taking this forward.
From: Vignesh Kumar Manogaran
Date: September 10, 2010 4:53:31 AM EDT
Subject: Re: [adollaraday] Project # 2 – suggestion – write up attached
Good neighbour – Candidate orgn. for Project # 2; A short write up attached, and a few pictures based on my visit to the location.
They are working to improve the life 1750 quarry worker families in Bangalore (outskirts near airport). They are currently taking care of children of 2 -6 years age – education, health are key priorities. They have 2 day care centers (3 teachers + 3 helpers full time). Monthly budget of Rs. 43,000/- approx.
The team is sincere and I am convinced of the impact of work. Ability to create permanent change might still not be great.
Further support would help them sustain current activities, and also provide other services to the same group – eg., train women in tailoring and get them jobs (instead of working in quarry). The project manager has offered to send a concept note of the proposed tailoring project.
Would request the group to have a look and share their thoughts as well.
On Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 8:33 AM, Shyam a wrote:
Thanks Vignesh. Will add this to the list. Ya if you can point on what specific initiative we could pick/start afresh following the below yardsticks
a) long term,
b) measurable difference
c) permanent change through direct involvement to create self-reliance.
Others as well, do take a moment to recollect any projects that you might have come across…need not fit all criteria…just raise it up…we will take a deeper look….
On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 11:34 AM, Vignesh Kumar Manogaran wrote:
I do not have further information than what is mentioned in the email.
I will try and talk to them and update by coming Monday.
Areas of need:
- Basic education
- Basic living conditions, for migrant labourers and children at a stone quarry.
Tracking of benefits, continuously supporting the same group and
helping transform it in a big way seems to be difficult. Nevertheless,
the needs seem quite acute. Guess worth considering.