About us

As it turns out, women are one of the most powerful investments we can make in building a better future, “Katori™” stands for “seed-to-katori” a platform that promotes women self help group’s, farmers, and artisans through providing a platform to hone new skills and linking them with the markets.

It is a part of Sakhi initiative funded by Hindustan Zinc Ltd. and implemented by Manjari Foundation. Sakhi traversed a significant distance along the path of building a self-reliant social enterprise. Under Sakhi more than 27000 women have mobilized in over 195 villages of Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.

A key function under this initiative is to promote the brand “Katori™” as a premium “hand crafted”, “hand curated” & “gourmet” brand promoting, preserving & celebrating traditional practices and promoting sustainable farming, upscaling smallholdings, and improving rural livelihoods in Rajasthan & Uttarakhand.

These efforts have intensified in the last few years and that is how “Katori™” came in the existence. “Katori™” has transformed the grassroot agri based activities into a full fledged social enterprise. Sourcing, producing, and supplying the finest quality products in the dairy, spices, pickle, honey, pulses and oils value chains, while empowering small-scale producers, particularly rural women farmers.

A one stop agriculture aggregation  platform aiding women smallholder farmers economically and socially.

We are proud and honored to support this cohort of social enterprises creating models of success, sustainable food systems solutions, and pathways out of poverty for the women farmers countless communities rely on.

Every purchase matter! Your one purchase strengthens the women institutions and creates a multiplier effect and the momentum that continues to push for positive change and create a sustainable environment where women farmers and artisans can continue to flourish.

Welcome abode in this journey of empowering women to lead change!

Drivers of change

Manjari Foundation is a nonprofit organization working in India since 2015 is focused on Women Institutions. Women Institutions are the significant drivers for poverty alleviation as well as to increase the well-being of the rural women.

  • Women play critical role in the rural economy as farmers, wage earners and entrepreneurs.
  • They also take responsibility and the well-being of the members of their families, including food provisions for children and elderly
  • Women from indigenous and grassroots communities are often also custodians of traditional knowledge, which is key for their communities’ livelihoods, resilience and culture
  • About 68% of working women in extreme poverty operate in the agricultural sector, the other sectors being fisheries, forestry, handicrafts and livestock raising We are ensuring gender equality, empowering rural women through decent work and productive employment, that eventually contributes to inclusive and sustainable economic growth, but also enhances the effectiveness of poverty reduction and food security initiatives, as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts

OUR JOURNEY

2013

Saheli movement is born

Saheli movement is born

Apni saheli producer company, an FPO, was formed by merging 3 SHG federations to make it an 1800 Farmer Members’ legal entity.

2016

Aggregation begins

Aggregation begins

Women farmers are aggregated to collect milk. Milk is sold locally to dairies and local markets. Price realization of milk improved by INR 5-7 per liter

2017

Katori is born

Katori is born

Umbrella organization formed to build Market access over micro- enterprise professionals onboarded. Strategic blueprint established for accessing organized markets. Identified dairy, honey, apiculture, aquaculture and Meat as core strengths and expansion opportunity.

2018

Market access

Market access

Aggregation of cash crops and sale to organized markets , Launch of Fresh Paneer, Ghee and Khoa, agreement signed with Hypercity, SPAR and Big Basket

2019

Fundraising

Fundraising

Katori successfully raised seed fund under the government-affiliated INVENT incubator CIIE Initiative-from Start Up Oasis

2019

Product expansion

Product expansion

Product expansion to probiotic ghee, vedic ghee, unsalted white butter, goat milk, unprocessed honey, traditional spices, unprocessed & unpolished pulses & traditional pickles

2020

Digital market place

Digital market place

Replicating the Physical storefront experience for customer creation. Katori has now rolled out its own digital store front targeting tier 2 & 3 cities, to localize product delivery from its local micro enterprises