Turning a Once Discarded Fruit By-Product into a Lucrative Income Stream

Turning a Once Discarded Fruit By-Product into a Lucrative Income Stream

Aneel Kumar Ambavaram grew up in a Kadapa, a village in India known for its labor-intensive sweet orange cultivation. He left is 15-year corporate career to uplift sweet orange farmers, creating new sources of income for the poorest of the poor.

Bringing Village Fresh Produce to Urban India

Bringing Village Fresh Produce to Urban India

When Selvakumar Varadharajan, founder and Chief Executive of Laymen Agro Ventures settled in Bangalore to start a family, he and his wife soon began to long for the farm-fresh produce and dairy of their childhood that was not available in urban India. This prompted them to move back to Coimbatore to start a venture that would provide urban citizens with access to fresh agro-products while improving the livelihoods of small-holder farmers and rural youths in the process.

The Need of the Hour: Agri-Business Innovation

The Need of the Hour: Agri-Business Innovation

Farmers around the world face intense pressure. Steadily rising cost of inputs, combined with downward pressure on prices, and price volatility in general, make it difficult to predict how much income one can earn in any given season. Despite the grim trends, I am optimistic that dedicated entrepreneurs and creative business models can usher in the operational and technological innovations that are needed.

GlobalCitizen: This Woman Agripreneur Is Putting Sikkim on the Global Map

Woman agripreneur and Upaya Partner Siddhi Karnani of Parvata Foods is breaking stereotypes in the highly male-dominated agriculture industry in India. Read the article on globalcitizen.org >>

Pioneering Capital: Opportunities for Impact Investors

Pioneering Capital: Opportunities for Impact Investors

In a piece written for NextBillion.net, Upaya's CEO, Sachi Shenoy, and board member, Nathan Byrd, discuss the challenges and opportunities around pioneering capital, and how impact investors can do so much more with much less. 

Upaya Investee Featured in GloalWA's "Voices from the Field" Series

Upaya Investee Featured in GloalWA's "Voices from the Field" Series

Mansi Agarwal, Founder & CEO of Upaya's newest investment, UpSkill, was recently interviewed by Global Washington Executive Director, Kristen Dailey, in a series focused on employment and skills training in the developing world. Watch the full interview from Global Washington to learn more about how UpSkill is creating dignified jobs for India's disadvantaged youth.