With commitment, planning and focussed efforts, the entire supply chain functions like a well-oiled machinery. There are continuous innovations introduced to the model to make it more efficient and effective and gain the desirable ends through available means. In acknowledging this, the SKOCH group adjudged The Neem project amongst the “Top 100 Projects in India” for the year 2016.
The following is a snapshot view of the many highlights of the project.
The greatest highlight of the project has been to establish a viable business model which has led to social transformation.
The Neem Project has been able to create a value chain which is now exponentially multiplying value creation in the lives of numerous people, especially the most poor and vulnerable.
A recent UNDP impact assessment study conducted on the Neem Project, highlights how the Neem story is a story of empowerment. The Neem story has created and facilitated an environment where women are being able to make decisions of their own for personal benefits and the benefit of their families. By generating employment and income for almost one lakh women during the lean summer season in Gujarat, many of whom have never worked outside of the domestic sphere before, it has led to budding aspirations and a sense of empowerment. The study reports that almost all women involved in the project state that they are very happy to be involved in the project. Most of the women involved, exert greater financial control over the money they earn through seed collection spending on health, children’s education, food, and other amenities. Additionally, the money earned has greatly limited the need to mortgage or take loans to tide over a period of erstwhile no steady income. Many have also reported changes in traditional social customs with many citing a reduction in domestic violence.