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.

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 12 months shelf life

Healthy plant based protein, vitamins, minerals and high fiber

Low on calorie count, healthy snacking alternative

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Timeline

  • May 10, 2018
    Chaakri Launched in Canada
  • 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
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.

Chaakri Store List

Store NameCityState
Store NameCityState
Cloves Indian Groceries & KitchenChandlerArizona
Malabar Masala, Inc.ChandlerArizona
Asiana SupermarketGlendaleArizona
Lotus Indian MarketMesaArizona
Malani World MercatoPhoenixArizona
Lotus MarketPhoenixArizona
Turmeric Indian Cash and CarryPhoenixArizona
VijethaDublinCalifornia - Bay Area
New India BazaarDublinCalifornia - Bay Area
India Cash & CarryFremontCalifornia - Bay Area
India MarketFremontCalifornia - Bay Area
Milan Sweet CenterMilpitasCalifornia - Bay Area
Namaste PlazaMilpitasCalifornia - Bay Area
New India BazaarMilpitasCalifornia - Bay Area
Kamal SpicesPleasantonCalifornia - Bay Area
New India BazaarPleasantonCalifornia - Bay Area
Super IndiaSan JoseCalifornia - Bay Area
Spice ValleySan JoseCalifornia - Bay Area
India Groceries & SpicesSan MateoCalifornia - Bay Area
India Cash & CarrySunnyvaleCalifornia - Bay Area
Punjab Indian GroceryAlhambraCalifornia - Los Angeles County
Farm FreshArtesiaCalifornia - Los Angeles County
New Farm FreshArtesiaCalifornia - Los Angeles County
Pioneer Cash & CarryArtesiaCalifornia - Los Angeles County
NEW Pioneer Cash & CarryArtesiaCalifornia - Los Angeles County
Surati Cash & CarryArtesiaCalifornia - Los Angeles County
Sunshine Indian GroceriesCanoga ParkCalifornia - Los Angeles County
India sweets and spicesCanoga ParkCalifornia - Los Angeles County
Bombay MarketChatsworthCalifornia - Los Angeles County
Sadhna GroceriesChino HillsCalifornia - Los Angeles County
Bombay BazaarCoronaCalifornia - Los Angeles County
Masala HouseCoronaCalifornia - Los Angeles County
India Sweets & SpicesCulver CityCalifornia - Los Angeles County
Asia FoodsCulver CityCalifornia - Los Angeles County
New India Sweets & SpicesDiamond BarCalifornia - Los Angeles County
Sangam GroceriesDiamond BarCalifornia - Los Angeles County
Super Desi MarketHawthorneCalifornia - Los Angeles County
India Spices & GroceriesLos AngelesCalifornia - Los Angeles County
Kavita GroceryLos AngelesCalifornia - Los Angeles County
J H BazaarLos AngelesCalifornia - Los Angeles County
Bombay MarketLos AngelesCalifornia - Los Angeles County
New Delhi SpicelandNorthridgeCalifornia - Los Angeles County
India sweets and spicesNorthridgeCalifornia - Los Angeles County
Bombay SpicelandNorthridgeCalifornia - Los Angeles County
New India Sweets & SpicesRiversideCalifornia - Los Angeles County
Garden Indian GroceryThousand OaksCalifornia - Los Angeles County
India Sweets & GroceryTorranceCalifornia - Los Angeles County
Ambala SweetsAnaheimCalifornia - Orange County
International India BazaarFullertonCalifornia - Orange County
Nina's Grocery & Fast FoodLake ForestCalifornia - Orange County
India MartOrangeCalifornia - Orange County
Laxmi Sweets & SpicesTustinCalifornia - Orange County
India Spices & GroceriesTustinCalifornia - Orange County
Ansar International MarketTustinCalifornia - Orange County
Jane's MarketLoma LindaCalifornia - San Bernardino County
Dhaka Sweets SpicesLoma LindaCalifornia - San Bernardino County
Akshar Cash N carrySan DiegoCalifornia - San Diego
Miramar Cash & CarrySan DiegoCalifornia - San Diego
India Video & SpicesSimi ValleyCalifornia - Ventura County
India Food & SpiceDanburyConnecticut
Patel BrothersDanburyConnecticut
Patel FoodsManchesterConnecticut
India BazaarSouthingtonConnecticut
OM Foods MarketWethersfieldConnecticut
Bombay BazarDowners GroveIllinois
Desi BazarGlendale HeightsIllinois
Masala Indo PakGlenviewIllinois
Parivar GrocersHoffman EstatesIllinois
Avkar GrocersNapervilleIllinois
Fresh FarmNilesIllinois
Rajshree GrocerSchaumburgIllinois
SurabhiStreamwoodIllinois
Ambica FoodsBloomingdaleIllinois
Cermak ProduceNapervilleIllinois
Hari OmPark RidgeIllinois
Kamdar PlazaChicagoIllinois
Sabras Inidan GroceryMt ProspectIllinois
Shivam Indian GrocersStreamwoodIllinois
Shreeji GrocersDes PlainsIllinois
SuchirWestmontIllinois
Sunrise Indian Super MarketWheelingIllinois
Surabhi Indian SupermarketStream WoodIllinois
Tony's Finer FoodsNilesIllinois
Tony's Finer Foods-HPHanover ParkIllinois
Krishna Groceries Inc.LafayetteColorado
Bombay Grocers MI, CantonCantonMichigan
House of IndiaScherevilleIndiana
Indian Bazzar, INGreen WoodIndiana
Pooja GrocersHilltopMinneapolis
Seema Entreprises PageSt. LouisMissouri
Shree-G GrocersDaytonOhio
Ambika FoodBridgetonMissouri
India MarketLas VegasNevada
Bhavani Cash & CarryBridgewaterNew Jersey
Subzi MandiCherry HillNew Jersey
Narmada Indian GroceriesCliftonNew Jersey
Patidar Cash & CarryEast WindsorNew Jersey
Indian Grocery OutletEdisonNew Jersey
India GrocersEdison, OaktreeNew Jersey
Subzi Mandi Cash & CarryIselinNew Jersey
Big BazarJersey CityNew Jersey
D-Mart Super MarketJersey CityNew Jersey
Patidar Super MarketNorth BrunswickNew Jersey
Patel BrothersParlinNew Jersey
Subzi MandiParsippanyNew Jersey
Subzi BazaarRochelle ParkNew Jersey
Star Big BazaarSomersetNew Jersey
Apna Bazar Cash & CarryOak TreeNew Jersey
Patel BrothersEast WindsorNew Jersey
Patidar Cash & CarrySouth PlainfieldNew Jersey
Apna BazarHicksvilleNew York
Little IndiaNew YorkNew York
Patel BrothersQueensNew York
Spice BazaarRochesterNew York
Namaste GroceryRochesterNew York
Patel BrothersCincinnatiOhio
Apna Bazar Cash & CarryBensalemPennsylvania
Himalayan Indian GroceryExtonPennsylvania
Everest Indian Grocery StoreLancasterPennsylvania
Bombay BazzarMechanicsburgPennsylvania
Gandhi Bazar (All 5 Stores)AustinTexas
Gandhi BazarLubockTexas
Gandhi BazarMissouri City - HoustonTexas
India SupermarketBellevueWashington
Panchvati SupermarketBrampton, ONOntario - Canada
OM India Food centerBrampton, ONOntario - Canada
India BazarBrampton, ONOntario - Canada
India Punjabi BazarBrampton, ONOntario - Canada
Indian GrocersBurlington, ONOntario - Canada
Trupti enterprisesEast York, ONOntario - Canada
Iqbal FoodsEast York, ONOntario - Canada
Panchvati SupermarketEtobicoke, ONOntario - Canada
OM India Food centerEtobicoke, ONOntario - Canada
Indian Spice HouseGulph, ONOntario - Canada
Quality Indian Food and SpicesGulph, ONOntario - Canada
Onkar Food and SpicesKitchener, ONOntario - Canada
India TownMississauga, ONOntario - Canada
Panchvati SupermarketMississauga, ONOntario - Canada
Dundas Fruit & VegetableMississauga, ONOntario - Canada
Royal India GrocersMississauga, ONOntario - Canada
East Indian SupermarketOakville, ONOntario - Canada
White Gold SweetOakville, ONOntario - Canada
India TownScarborough, ONOntario - Canada
Panchvati SupermarketScarborough, ONOntario - Canada
Mirch MasalaScarborough, ONOntario - Canada
OM India Food centerScarborough, ONOntario - Canada
OM India Food centerThornhill, ONOntario - Canada
Bombay grocersAnn ArborMichigan
Patel brothersAnn ArborMichigan
OM marketAnn ArborMichigan
Mumbai MarketPlymouthMichigan
Indian GrocersFarmingtonMichigan
Patel brothersTroyMichigan
Spice hubTroyMichigan
Pandey grocersSterling HeightsMichigan

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

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Chaakri team

Team work