A company in Upaya's portfolio is more than an investment - it is a partner in the truest sense. Working closely with each entrepreneur and his or her team, we are able to ensure that each business thrives and is able to provide hundreds - if not thousands - of stable, dignified jobs in the communities where they are needed most.

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Active Partnerships

Mumbai, Maharastra

Mumbai, Maharastra

Krishi Star

Date of Initial Partnership: August 2016

Krishi Star is a Mumbai-based company dedicated to increasing and stabilizing farmer incomes by building a food brand that focuses on value-added processing and market linkages.


Parvata Foods

Date of Initial Partnership: August 2016

Parvata’s unique mission is to provide market access for the organic produce of north-east India farmers and provide access to authentic organic / clean food to consumers.


Delhi

Delhi

Karmantik

Date of Initial Partnership: August 2016

Karmantik  collaborates with artisans to create handcrafted footwear and preserve the craft of shoemaking.


Bangalore, Karnataka

Bangalore, Karnataka

Saahas Waste Management

Date of Initial Partnership: August 2015

Saahas provides end-to-end waste management solutions for bulk waste generators while creating secure employment for women from disadvantaged communities.

 

 


Kolkata, West Bengal

Kolkata, West Bengal

Maitri Livelihood Services

Date of Initial Partnership: May 2015

Maitri is a caregivers training and placement company that recruits, trains, and secures employment for women from disadvantaged Northeast communities.


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Anant Learning & Development

Date of Initial Partnership: March 2015

Anant Learning is a private company that is working to ensure young people from poor communities have the training and access needed to secure stable employment with credible employers.


New Delhi, NCR

New Delhi, NCR

DRISHTEE

Date of Initial Partnership: February 2015

Upaya and Drishtee have come together on a new social venture collaboration that will create new opportunities for rural artisans to rely on their trade to earn a stable and dignified living. 


Guwahati, Assam

Guwahati, Assam

Elrhino 

Date of Initial Partnership: March 2014

Elrhino produces and sells handcrafted luxury paper, stationery products, and packaging materials made from recycled rhinoceros and elephant dung.

 
Barpeta, Assam

Barpeta, Assam

Tamul Plates

Date of Initial Investment: December 2013

Tamul Plates produces and markets high-quality, all-natural disposable plates and bowls made from arecanut (palm) tree leaves. 

 
Pune, Maharashtra

Pune, Maharashtra

Samagra Sanitation

Date of Initial Partnership: November 2013

Samagra Sanitation is the first for-profit social enterprise in India that is dedicated to providing access to clean, safe, and reliable community toilet facilities for the urban slum-dwelling poor. 

 
 
Bhagalpur, Bihar

Bhagalpur, Bihar

Eco Kargha 

Date of Initial Investment: October 2012

Working in the slums around Bhagalpur in Bihar, Eco Kargha is a Tasar silk fabric production company that employs traditional weavers and embroiderers to produce modern silk products that will be sold by well-known retailers.

 
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Samridhi Agri-Products 

Date of Initial Investment: August 2011

Samridhi is a community dairy operating in one of India's poorest states and is creating jobs for hundreds of families living on less than $1.25 a day. 

 

Exited Investments

Justrojgar

New Delhi, NCR

New Delhi, NCR

Date of Initial Investment: November 2012, Exited March 2015

Delhi-based Justrojgar helps slum-dwellers in and around the city build skills and find dignified work as cleaners, cooks, doormen, and caretakers for local families and businesses.