Facilitating CSOs to raise support through the WishTree concept
Category: Civil Society Support
Client: India Cares Foundation
Earlier called Joy of Giving, Daan Utsav is India’s ‘Festival of Giving’. Launched in 2009, it is celebrated every year, in the week starting with Gandhi Jayanti (Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth Anniversary) on 02 October, till 08 October and brings together people from all walks of life to celebrate ‘Giving’. Millions of people gift their time, skills, money and other resources to the society.
WishTree is one of the many concepts executed during the Joy of Giving Week(JGW) to raise support for the work of CSOs. The WishTree is a single dimensional image of a tree, set up in the premises of a corporate office or other institutions. ‘Wish Cards’ are hung or stuck to the WishTree, by one or more CSOs supported by the corporate or institution. Each Wish Card will bear the name of the item needed and its cost. Those who wish to contribute can choose any card and replace it with a JGW Smiley/Wish Fruit. Corporates can promote the idea among employees and encourage them to participate in the Festival of Giving.
Mahiti has been supporting the launch and execution of WishTree to support CSO members of ICFn. Know More
Business news and services for 150,000 micro-entrepreneurs in India and 300,000 herders in Mangolia
Category: Community Empowerment
Client: InterNews Europe
InterNews is an international non-profit organization set up in 1982, whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard. Internews equips communities with resources to produce local news and information. Its programmes create platforms for dialogues and enable informed debate, which brings about social and economic progress. Internews Europe contracted Mahiti to design and deliver a couple of technology solutions to empower specific communities in India and Mongolia.
Project (i) MySME News for microentrepreneurs
Mahiti was commissioned to build the MySME News Portal and mobile platform being used now by 150,000+ micro entrepreneurs in the slums of Kolkata, India, supported by the EC(European Commission). MySME News was a pioneering service that aimed to provide essential business news to the resource-poor communities in India. It blends the power of technology with existing realities and social networks in India's slums and villages to build a 'Bottom of the Pyramid' media business, and new models of pro-poor media sustainable in the market place.
Duration: 01 November 2008 to 31 December 2009
Project (ii) : Business information service for herders in Mangolia
A mobile phone based business information service was developed by Mahiti for the Business Information Agency (BIA) project of Internews. Mahiti set up an IVRS across the nation of Mongolia to address the need of the herder community to send and receive information on weather conditions and other business related information. With an automated response, users could access the system by sending in a query.
The project works with 300,000 herders across rural Mongolia providing information related to weather, health and markets. Know More
Duration: 01 April to 15 July 2009