June 2019: It was during a trip back from a plantation drive organized by Keshav Shrushti in the villages of Palghar (Around 100km from Mumbai), when the idea of Kisan Ki Dukan took hold.
Unlike usual plantation drives, this trip included spending an entire day in the village, with the farmers and having meals with them in their house too. During the meal, there were casual conversations where we inquired where and how they sold the veggies they grew? , what was the amount of grains grown by them? , what the other farmers grew? , what was the selling price, how easy was it for them to sell? etc. They also showed us local handicrafts which some of the village women had made.
Oct 2019: A group of like-minded people went for a trip to Keshav Shrushti @ Uttan (Bhayander) and saw a way of life so vastly different from our Mumbai. The campus spanned over 235+ acres with schools, Ayurvedic Research and Development Centre, Incubation Centre for Startups, Gau Shala, Agricultural Research Centre, Old Age Home, Temple and so on… They had a tiny shop too, near the exit, where we bought so many useful Ayurvedic products and medicines.
Dec 2019: Keshav Shrishti had been working in 50+ villages in the Palghar District. Women empowerment was one area and in the Vikramgadh taluka, it had trained almost 300+ women from 9 villages to make beautiful Bamboo Products.
June 2020: The same women group from Vikramgadh taluka have created beautiful rakhis from Bamboo.
Today: The Farmer, Gau Shala, Bamboo Artists, Tribal women and many more such “creators” as I call them, all require one thing in common. A “Market” for their produce. This, as we all know, is the most important leg for any producer, for any business.
With this thought in mind, Kisan Ki Dukan was formed.
Kisan Ki Dukan, inspired by Keshav Shrushti, aims to give a platform to all such humble producers who may be farmers, artisans or NGOs, so that they can get their products to reach the market without any hurdle.
At Kisan Ki Dukan, you can also have a first-hand experience of visiting the place of origin of these wonderful products. Write to us and we will help organize a trip for you to the very place where these products come into being.
Products at Kisan Ki Dukaan are genuine and the intention behind their creation and sales is pure. Try them. You will feel it. We will move one step closer to building Atmanirbhar Bharat.