Providing access to socially impactful products at the last mile.
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"The water purifier has been a great addition in solving the issue of unhygienic and contaminated water in this area. More and more people are getting to know me and they come to me for these products which Dharma Life provides."

Ramesh Babu Shahab Dage

/Inside Dharma Life

Dharma Life creates entrepreneurs at the village level and provides them with socially impactful products relevant to its causes. Dharma Life trains individuals at the last mile to become Dharma Life Entrepreneurs and provides them with developmental support. Dharma Life partners with corporates to provide a product range to meet the rural consumer’s need.

Creating DLEs (Dharma Life Entrepreneurs) and providing them with socially impactful products relevant to our causes!







Dharma Life Vision

Pioneer a movement where every individual earns a sustainable living, true respect and brings inclusive progress.

Dharma Life Mission

Develop a unique and sizeable community of social entrepreneurs by:

  • Delivering effective training in entrepreneurship, sales and marketing
  • Establishing a consciousness culture that help build purposeful careers
  • Providing access to networks and products that have a social impact
  • Developing monitoring and evaluation processes for continuous improvement



State: Rajashtan,
Districts: Ajmer, Abu Road, Kota.
State: Maharashtra,
Districts: Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Akola, Washim, Chandrapur, Mukutban, Nagpur, Katol.
State: Bihar,
Districts: Chapra, Aurangabad, Darbhanga, Sasaram, Nalanda, Vaishali, Patna.
State: Uttar Pradesh,
Districts: Basti, Faizabad, Fatehpur, Pratapgarh, Azamgarh, Raibareily, Lucknow, Agra, Bulandshahr, Aligarh.
State: Karnataka,
Districts: Belgaum, Chikmanglur, Shimoga, Dharwad.

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/Our History

Every home in every village with products and services that will enhance the quality of life brought to them by social village level entrepreneurs who live the values of Dharma Life and create a sustainable livelihood for themselves.

2013-14

2011-12

2009-10

The year of Scaling Up:

  • Execution and scale-up of model across:
    › Geographies
    › Partnerships
    › Products
  • Currently present across 32 districts, across 5 states (UP, Maharashtra, Bihar, Karnataka, & Rajasthan)
  • Strengthening of organisational backbone

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" Three things I was addicted to: sleeping for twelve hours, demanding extra money from my parents for silly things, and loitering around with a bunch of bogus friends.I remember how badly my parents used to scold me.  The Dharma Life journey, as DLE, has been extremely rewarding for me till date."

Ritesh Kumar

/People

Gaurav Mehta

Gaurav Mehta

Founder and CEO

Gaurav Mehta

Founder and CEO

Mr. Gaurav Mehta is the Founder and CEO of Project Dharma / Gajam India Private Limited. He has worked with Pratham since 2004 as a founder of the German Fundraising Chapter and on strategic initiatives with the CEO and Founder.
Mr. Mehta spent three years in the private equity space at General Atlantic, a large growth capital investment firm (until 2008). He focused his efforts on opportunities in the consumer and media and healthcare sectors across Europe. He also initiated and led General Atlantic’s clean energy efforts in Europe. Mr. Mehta was also appointed advisor to Commonwealth Business Council Clean Energy Initiative for the Indian Government in 2008.
Prior to General Atlantic, He worked at Morgan Stanley in London in the investment banking division, where he specialized in European capital products and healthcare investment banking. Significant transactions included landmark deals for KfW, Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Postbank, Siemens and BMW.
He has also graduated with a BA degree with honors in International Business Studies and French from the European Business School, London. He also has an MBA from London Business School.

Maanav Yashroy

Maanav Yashroy

VP, Sales

Maanav Yashroy

VP, Sales

Specializes in building sustainable businesses leveraging opportunities at the BoP.

He is an MBA from MANAGE, Hyderabad with over 12 years of experience working with Reuters Market Light, ITC eChoupal and others.

Manish Tulsian

Manish Tulsian

VP, Finance

Manish Tulsian

VP, Finance

Chartered Accountant by profession with expertise in financial control, compliance, taxation and business modelling.

He has over 15 years of experience working with JP Mars.

Rajeev Ranjan

Rajeev Ranjan

General Manager, HR

Rajeev Ranjan

General Manager, HR

Specializes in HR processes to attract, reward, nurture and retain talent.

An MBA from XISS, Ranchi, he has over 12 years of experience working with reputed organisations such as the India Today Group.

John Mullins

John Mullins

Associate Professor of Management Practice, London Business School

Pradeep Pursnani

Pradeep Pursnani

Deputy
Director,
Shell Foundation

Satyen Patel

Satyen Patel

President and
CEO of Kanusul
Capital LLC

Satyen Patel

President and CEO of Kanusul Capital LLC, non-executive Director (Member of the Board) Neilsoft Ltd., and ICON Aircraft, former CEO Nike Asia

Mr. Satyen Patel is currently President and CEO of Kanusul Capital LLC, and a non-executive Director (Member of the Board) for both Neilsoft Ltd. (www.neilsoft.com) and ICON Aircraft (www.iconaircraft.com).

From 2002 to 2009, Satyen was a founder and Vice Chairman of Scandent Group (a Private Equity fund) and Executive Vice-Chairman, of Cambridge Solutions Ltd. (an IT and BPO company listed on the Mumbai Stock Exchange).

Prior to that he held several senior management positions with multinational companies in the US and Singapore, including Managing Director of Nike (S. E. Asia & South Asia) based in Singapore from 1996 – 2001; Director of International Business Development with Pepsi Cola International at HQ in New York from 1991 – 1996; and Director of Strategic Development for Grand Met/The Pillsbury Company at HQ in Minneapolis from 1985 – 1991.

Satyen also held a non-executive Directorship with 3i plc Asia Pacific (PE/Venture Fund) from 1997-2001 in Singapore.

Shyam Parekh

Shyam Parekh

Principal,
Peak6
Advisors

Sunil Ghatnekar

Sunil Ghatnekar

Chief
Financial
Officer

Ujwal Thakar

Ujwal Thakar

Advisor, BFSI at PwC. Former CEO of Pratham India and GiveIndia.

Gaurav Mehta

Gaurav Mehta

Founder and CEO

Gaurav Mehta

Founder and CEO

Mr. Gaurav Mehta is the Founder and CEO of Project Dharma / Gajam India Private Limited. He has worked with Pratham since 2004 as a founder of the German Fundraising Chapter and on strategic initiatives with the CEO and Founder.
Mr. Mehta spent three years in the private equity space at General Atlantic, a large growth capital investment firm (until 2008). He focused his efforts on opportunities in the consumer and media and healthcare sectors across Europe. He also initiated and led General Atlantic’s clean energy efforts in Europe. Mr. Mehta was also appointed advisor to Commonwealth Business Council Clean Energy Initiative for the Indian Government in 2008.
Prior to General Atlantic, He worked at Morgan Stanley in London in the investment banking division, where he specialized in European capital products and healthcare investment banking. Significant transactions included landmark deals for KfW, Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Postbank, Siemens and BMW.
He has also graduated with a BA degree with honors in International Business Studies and French from the European Business School, London. He also has an MBA from London Business School.

Ankit Agarwal

Ankit Agarwal

Co-Founder

Ankit Agarwal

Vice President – Business Development at Sterlite Technologies

Mr. Agarwal is currently leading the Business Development of Sterlite Technologies for the last 1.5 years. In his current role, he is evaluating new business avenues, which have synergies with current manufacturing operations.
Prior to Sterlite Technologies, Mr. Agarwal was an Analyst for 3 years in the Investment Banking division of Deutsche Bank (London). He played a significant role in key cross-border transactions such as Tata Steel’s acquisition of Corus for US$12 billion.

Mr. Agarwal obtained his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the London Business School in March 2010. He obtained his Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Southern California in December 2004.Mr.

Agarwal is currently leading the Business Development of Sterlite Technologies for the last 1.5 years. In his current role, he is evaluating new business avenues, which have synergies with current manufacturing operations.

Vivek Makhija

Vivek Makhija

Co-Founder

Vivek Makhija

Consultant at Boston Consulting Group

Mr. Vivek Makhija supports the sales side of Project Dharma. He has a background in the consumer goods space with Cadbury and is currently working with the Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Makhija has an MBA from the London Business School(2010).

John Reade

John Reade

Co-Founder

John Reade

Global Strategist at Samsung

Mr. John Reade supports Project Dharma’s energy product portfolio and supply chain development.
Recently, Mr. Reade has worked as a strategy consultant for Samsung Corporation with a focus on consumer products. Previously, he developed Whirlpool Corporation’s strategy around Smart Grid and wrote their US Department of Energy Smart Grid grant, which was awarded for $40m.
Mr. Reade has also consulted for industrial clients exploring energy saving technologies and the startup phase of a demand response aggregator. He began his career by spending five years at General Electric developing high efficiency lighting solutions and managing global supply chain issues.
John Reade completed his BS in Chemical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.
More recently, he graduated from London Business School with an MBA.

Lucio Baron

Lucio Baron

Co-Founder

Lucio Baron

Associate at McKinsey and Company

Mr. Lucio Baron supports Project Dharma on a strategy side. He is a McKinsey consultant who has worked on sales force strategy projects and on how to structure and size the sales team. He also holds an MBA from the London Business School (2010).

Nicolas Leschke

Nicolas Leschke

Co-Founder

Nicolas Leschke

Interims CEO at IGG Malzfabrik MbH; Founder of PlanetAudioGuide Italy

Mr. Nicolas B. Leschke works as a strategy coach for young Entrepreneurs. Throughout the last 7 years, Mr. Leschke has focused his efforts on entrepreneurship. He worked as Business Development Director for Entrepreneurs’ Organization in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. During that period he established the Accelerator Programin Germany, a catalyst for young entrepreneurs to build sustainable companies.
Prior to his work with Entrepreneurs Organization, he founded Planet Audio Guide in Italy, the first GPS audio-guided city tour in the world.
Nicolas B. Leschke graduated with a BA degree with honors in International Business Studies with French and Spanish from the European Business School, London.

Rahul Kapoor

Rahul Kapoor

Co-Founder

Siddharth Mathur

Siddharth Mathur

Co-Founder

Amit Mehra

Anju Shrivastava

Anshu Bhartia

Lucy Davis

Dr. Madhav Chavan

Parul Sardana

Dr. Rukmini Banerji

Santosh Singh

Supriyo Gupta

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/Social Causes

The problems are not only around the lack of access, they are also around the lack of awareness especially for issues like water-borne diseases, malnutrition, indoor air pollution. The following are the causes that Dharma Life works towards to improve lives of the consumers living at the last mile.

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/Product Catalogue

"Dharmalife is a social enterprise that aims to create sustainable livelihoods by creating entrepreneurs, who provide socially impactful products to consumers at the base of the pyramid at an affordable cost".

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