Under the Mango Tree

Lizzy Peake interviewing farmer with UTMT

Under the Mango Tree

*Apply on LyonNet; intern secures funding through Lynk UAF. Deadline is March 1, 2015.

Organization Profile

Under The Mango Tree (www.utmt.in) is a social enterprise, founded in 2009, that brings to market a variety of gourmet honey to support rural livelihoods. Our mission is to empower and equip poor farmers across India with beekeeping training, to improve rural livelihoods by building a nationally recognized fair trade brand of gourmet honey.

Beekeeping through facilitated cross-pollination, can increase agricultural yields by more than 40% and provide a lucrative income stream for poor farmers selling honey. Under The Mango Tree’s strategic initiative, “Bees for Poverty Reduction,” seeks to use the power of market forces to increase livelihoods of India’s farmers, while building a profitable company.

Through its non-profit, UTMT Society, Under The Mango Tree implements its Bees for Poverty Reduction initiative, training and equipping smallholding farmers to use bees to increase their incomes by as much as threefold. With a built in buy back arrangement for honey produced, farmers are able to increase their income by another 40% from the sale of their own honey to its for-profit UTMT Pvt Ltd.

Intern profile

We are searching for undergraduates who want to test a career path that is out of the ordinary and have a passion to make their mark. Practical, down-to-earth, self-motivated individuals with the ability to multi-task, have abundant common sense, the fervor to make a difference and the ability to maintain integrity even in the face of challenges are key attributes in the person we are looking for. Finally, a commitment to social change, equity and sustainability is a must.

Support and remuneration

In Mumbai, UTMT will help the intern look for housing which will be paid for by the intern. In its field office, UTMT will provide housing. In return the intern will be required to contribute towards housing and maintenance.

As office equipment at UTMT is limited, interns may find that using their own devices (e.g., laptop, phone, camera), will enable increased productivity and flexibility in carrying out given assignments. To support communication needs of interns, UTMT will provide and pay for USB internet ports, plus a small stipend to cover local travel and mobile phone usage.

Logistics

  • These roles are based in UTMT offices in Mumbai or the field.
  • Extensive travel into villages in rural India is required
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, unstructured and unpredictable environment.
  • No-frill travel by train or bus, no air conditioning, limited internet and phone access at times.

Internship:  Impact Documentation

Two internships are available to support UTMT document impact of its Bees for Poverty Reduction initiative and its work with farmers. The interns will work with the not-for-profit team to develop positive human interest stories that generate publicity; they will build collaterals to showcase impact to support UTMT Society’s communications requirements.

Possible project deliverables:

  • Village profiles of UTMT’s key project villages to provide an insight of the village’s demography, geography, basic facilities and UTMT’s impact on villagers and the economy.
  • Case studies and video diaries of selected farmers.
  • A photo montage of UTMT’s work in the state.
  • Fund raising dossier.
  • Blog posts about their experience

Qualifications

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Creative bent of mind
  • Good camera
  • Interest in rural grassroots development.
  • Knowledge of Hindi is preferred, though not essential.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, unstructured and unpredictable environment.

Number of internships

Two internships are available.

Location

One will be based in Mumbai with frequent travel to the Gujarat and Maharashtra program area. The other will be based in the field office in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

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