Foundation For Life - The Rural Edge
Foundation For Life's mission is to transform the lives of 300 Million villagers in India.
We intend to do that by impacting the lives of 6 Million zero educated villagers dramatically. History(in cities like Bangalore and Hyderabad) has shown that if we impact 2 percent of a population in an area dramatically, then the entire population will be impacted.
The beauty of this is that this can be done through a business model - without expecting lots and lots of charity.
The business model is based on selling of low-cost BPO services from the villages of India, run by people with little or no schooling - with almost zero atrition. To know more about the business model - click here. To know more about why we've chosen BPO services - click here.
Imagine 30,000 villages running BPOs with 200 people each. It would greatly impact 6 Million people - resulting in a domino effect, which would impact the rest of the people in villages, creating various kinds of jobs etc.
The resulting increase in awareness(due to availability of internet and knowledge of work) would result in
Proof of Concept
To begin this, we designed, and have now successfully tested a curriculum that transforms a person with Zero schooling to a BPO level worker in 6-8 months. An initial Proof of Concept with eight villagers, four of them who had never been to school, has just concluded, and has proven to be a success.
"An year ago, I had no knowledge of Computers or English. I had never written my own name in any language. I never wore slippers or shoes." says Chandru(19), a villager from Koppal.
Today, he earns Rs.5,000-Rs.8,000 per month working for a BPO. He types at 60 words per minute, speaks confidently in English, does calculations using MS-Excel, dresses and looks like any other professional BPO worker.
"I wish everybody in my village could become like me" says Chandru.
Another villager Ramesh(20), who has never been to school, says "If I can work in a BPO, anybody in my village can. The only difference between me and them is that they are not trained to work and they don't know that they can work!".
Chandru and Ramesh are two of the eight villagers who have been trained in our Proof of Concept.
Our next project, is to conduct the training for 120 people, who have little or no education and employ them in their villages in a BPO.
The training will be coducted in three villages - Koppal, Tavaragera and Kanakagiri in Koppal district and they will start working from their villages.
We are currently raising the funds for our next project.
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