About Chaakri

Chaakri is Sa-Ni-Sa’s first brand of several products. It was launched in 2005 to promote the sale of home-made delicacies. Chaakri signifies ‘seva’ and ‘service’ in Hindi language. Under the brand Chaakri, Sa-Ni-Sa aims to promote entrepreneurship for women who specialize in products that taste like home-made food.

Starting with a single type of Khakhra, Sa-Ni-Sa has today expanded the product range to include a wide variety of flavors and a few other food items that retail at high-end stores and supermarkets across the country.

All the products for Chaakri are made by trained rural women in Sudhagad district, Maharashtra. Sa-Ni-Sa adheres to stringent quality assurance processes at its manufacturing facility. Lab testing is done to ensure quality and the product range is compliant with the statutory food grade packaging norms and licensing requirements.

The products are nurtitious and healthy with minimal use of oil and ghee. The biggest testimonial for quality of Chaakri products is that India’s leading hospitals including “The Asian Heart Institute” and “Jupiter Multi-specialty Hospital” have included our products in their diet for patients.

  • Our Strength

    ✓ Hand – rolled & Machine finish

    ✓ 100 % wheat – no maida

    ✓ Jaggery instead of sugar

    ✓ Premium quality oil

    ✓ No essence, preservative or color – 100 % pure ingredients for each flavor

    ✓ Intact freshness with vacuum packing

    ✓ Lab approved 9-12 months shelf life

  • Health Benefits

    ✓ Ingredients recommended by Dieticians

    ✓ Healthy plant based protein, vitamins, minerals and high fiber

    ✓ Improves digestion

    ✓ Nutritious full  on taste & filling

    ✓ Healthy snacking alternative

    ✓ Low on calorie count

Shruti Sheth Trustee of Chaakri talks to us about Chaakri and SaNiSa.

About Shruti

A post graduate from NMIMS University with a degree in Human Resource Management, she opted to channelize her skills and education to bring about a change in the lives of the less-privileged. Having worked as Assistant Vice President (AVP) with the Business Research arm of JP Morgan Chase, India for almost 9 years, she brought with her a wealth of management experience and professional expertise. “Empowering lives” is her aspiration; and she has made a humble beginning by working with the less-privileged women at Rajnagar, Parli.

Beginnings

At Chaakri we produce khakhras, engaging a lot of tribal women from Sudhagadh District( one of the remote areas in Maharashtra).When Sanisa started Chaakri there were 3 categories of jobs available for women:

  1. Illegal trades e.g. liquor shops
  2. Construction site worker
  3. Temporary jobs, with low wages that had no guarantee of income for the next day.

The days on which they did not have jobs, they would starve. Sanisa therefore created a platform that would give them sustainable livelihood as well as dignity of work.

Having Fun

Chaakri celebrates birthdays of these women every month. When Team Sanisa realized that most of these women did not even know when their birthday was, they decided to make each one feel special by celebrating these women. Every year the team engages in activities that increases camaraderie and gives them exposure to picnics, malls, and movies etc. This adds value to their life and inspires confidence in them.

Welfare

Sanisa has a number of staff welfare activities like, taking care of their hygiene and medical needs, providing them with opportunity where they can pursue education and also provide funding for their children’s education.

Growth

Sanisa’s workforce has grown from 3 women to 65 since  2007 we had only 2 to 3 women now we have grown to over 65 as of 2017. In the next phase around 2018 we plan to have around 300 women and expand those to nearby villages taking the count to a 1000 by 2020.

Vision

The vision is to reach out and empower the women in 50 to 60 villages in the vicinity of Parli village that will create an impact on the future generations resulting in sustainable generations.

Timeline

  • Feb 15, 2016
    Project Sakhi launched Exports to USA
  • Nov 20, 2014
    FSSAI Licence obtained
  • Jun 1, 2014
    Gruh Udyog inaugurated
  • May 11, 2007
    First vacuum packing machine
  • May 3, 2005
    Chaakri launched

Chaakri Store List

Sr.NoStore NameCityState
Sr.NoStore NameCityState
1Cloves Indian Groceries & KitchenChandlerArizona
2Malabar Masala, Inc.ChandlerArizona
3Asiana SupermarketGlendaleArizona
4Lotus Indian MarketMesaArizona
5Malani World MercatoPhoenixArizona
6Lotus MarketPhoenixArizona
7Turmeric Indian Cash and CarryPhoenixArizona
8VijethaDublinCalifornia - Bay Area
9New India BazaarDublinCalifornia - Bay Area
10India Cash & CarryFremontCalifornia - Bay Area
11India MarketFremontCalifornia - Bay Area
12Milan Sweet CenterMilpitasCalifornia - Bay Area
13Namaste PlazaMilpitasCalifornia - Bay Area
14New India BazaarMilpitasCalifornia - Bay Area
15Kamal SpicesPleasantonCalifornia - Bay Area
16New India BazaarPleasantonCalifornia - Bay Area
17India MarketSacramentoCalifornia - Bay Area
18Super IndiaSan JoseCalifornia - Bay Area
19Spice ValleySan JoseCalifornia - Bay Area
20India Groceries & SpicesSan MateoCalifornia - Bay Area
21India Cash & CarrySunnyvaleCalifornia - Bay Area
22Punjab Indian GroceryAlhambraCalifornia - Los Angeles County
23Farm FreshArtesiaCalifornia - Los Angeles County
24New Farm FreshArtesiaCalifornia - Los Angeles County
25Pioneer Cash & CarryArtesiaCalifornia - Los Angeles County
26NEW Pioneer Cash & CarryArtesiaCalifornia - Los Angeles County
27Surati Cash & CarryArtesiaCalifornia - Los Angeles County
28Sunshine Indian GroceriesCanoga ParkCalifornia - Los Angeles County
29India sweets and spicesCanoga ParkCalifornia - Los Angeles County
30Bombay MarketChatsworthCalifornia - Los Angeles County
31Sadhna GroceriesChino HillsCalifornia - Los Angeles County
32Bombay BazaarCoronaCalifornia - Los Angeles County
33Masala HouseCoronaCalifornia - Los Angeles County
34India Sweets & SpicesCulver CityCalifornia - Los Angeles County
35Asia FoodsCulver CityCalifornia - Los Angeles County
36New India Sweets & SpicesDiamond BarCalifornia - Los Angeles County
37Sangam GroceriesDiamond BarCalifornia - Los Angeles County
38Super Desi MarketHawthorneCalifornia - Los Angeles County
39India Spices & GroceriesLos AngelesCalifornia - Los Angeles County
40Kavita GroceryLos AngelesCalifornia - Los Angeles County
41J H BazaarLos AngelesCalifornia - Los Angeles County
42Bombay MarketLos AngelesCalifornia - Los Angeles County
43New Delhi SpicelandNorthridgeCalifornia - Los Angeles County
44India sweets and spicesNorthridgeCalifornia - Los Angeles County
45Bombay SpicelandNorthridgeCalifornia - Los Angeles County
46New India Sweets & SpicesRiversideCalifornia - Los Angeles County
47Garden Indian GroceryThousand OaksCalifornia - Los Angeles County
48Namaste SpicelandThousand OaksCalifornia - Los Angeles County
49India Sweets & GroceryTorranceCalifornia - Los Angeles County
50Patel StoresAnaheimCalifornia - Orange County
51Ambala SweetsAnaheimCalifornia - Orange County
52Radhe Sweets and CateringAnaheimCalifornia - Orange County
53International India BazaarFullertonCalifornia - Orange County
54Nina's Grocery & Fast FoodLake ForestCalifornia - Orange County
55India MartOrangeCalifornia - Orange County
56Laxmi Sweets & SpicesTustinCalifornia - Orange County
57India Spices & GroceriesTustinCalifornia - Orange County
58Ansar International MarketTustinCalifornia - Orange County
59Jane's MarketLoma LindaCalifornia - San Bernardino County
60Dhaka Sweets SpicesLoma LindaCalifornia - San Bernardino County
61Akshar Cash N carrySan DiegoCalifornia - San Diego
62Miramar Cash & CarrySan DiegoCalifornia - San Diego
63India Video & SpicesSimi ValleyCalifornia - Ventura County
64India Food & SpiceDanburyConnecticut
65Patel FoodsManchesterConnecticut
66India BazaarSouthingtonConnecticut
67OM Foods MarketWethersfieldConnecticut
68Ambika FoodBloomingdaleIllinois - Chicago
69Kamdar Plaza (Devon Ave)ChicagoIllinois - Chicago
70Desi BazarGlendale HeightsIllinois - Chicago
71Raj Shree GrocerSchaumburgIllinois - Chicago
72Patel BrothersShrewsburyMassachussets
73INDIA MARKETShrewsburyMassachussets
74Apna BazarNorwoodMassachussets
75Waltham India MarketWalthamMassachussets
76Spices of AsiaSpringfieldMassachussets
77Ambika FoodBridgetonMissouri
78India MarketLas VegasNevada
79Bhavani Cash & CarryBridgewaterNew Jersey
80Subzi MandiCherry HillNew Jersey
81Narmada Indian GroceriesCliftonNew Jersey
82Patidar Cash & CarryEast WindsorNew Jersey
83Indian Grocery OutletEdisonNew Jersey
84India GrocersEdison, OaktreeNew Jersey
85Subzi Mandi Cash & CarryIselinNew Jersey
86Big BazarJersey CityNew Jersey
87D-Mart Super MarketJersey CityNew Jersey
88Patidar Super MarketNorth BrunswickNew Jersey
89Patel BrothersParlinNew Jersey
90Subzi MandiParsippanyNew Jersey
91Subzi BazaarRochelle ParkNew Jersey
92Star BazaarSomersetNew Jersey
93Patidar Cash & CarrySouth PlainfieldNew Jersey
94Apna BazarHicksvilleNew York
95Little IndiaNew YorkNew York
96Patel BrothersQueensNew York
97Spice BazaarRochesterNew York
98Namaste GroceryRochesterNew York
99Patel BrothersCincinnatiOhio
100Apna Bazar Cash & CarryBensalemPennsylvania
101Everest Indian Grocery StoreLancasterPennsylvania
102Bombay BazzarMechanicsburgPennsylvania
103Gandhi Bazar (All 5 Stores)AustinTexas
104Gandhi BazarLubockTexas
105Gandhi BazarMissouri City - HoustonTexas
106India SupermarketBellevueWashington

Testimonials

I used to be a burden to my family; today I am an asset. It was my dream to be independent and to “stand on my feet”. Thanks to Sa-Ni-Sa, I can live with self respect & dignity.

Pravina Jambulkar
Quality Audit

My dream was to study again! 

“I was encouraged to join evening school and pursue my education. I will clear Std XII this year…Chaakri has supported me in every way!”

Megha Jadhav
Supervisor

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Shruti Sheth, helping change lives of the less-privileged

Chaakri Women at work

All Smiles

Chaakri team

Team work