ACC sets up a flour mill in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal District, offering big solace to people in the region

· Until the new flour mill was set up by ACC and Adani Foundation, the locals had to travel more than 15 kms just to make flour for daily use.

· The mill now helps the Self-Help Group members earn up to Rs 12,000 a month saving time, effort and money for 81 families.

· This is not just another success story, but also a template for impactful CSR interventions in rural India.

Bengaluru, 4th January 2024: ACC, the cement and building material company of the diversified Adani Group, continues to exemplify its commitment to community well-being. In a demonstration of its values, ACC has successfully enhanced the economic prosperity of over 300 residents in a small village in Maharashtra by establishing an exclusive flour mill for the local community.

Until recently, members of the 80-odd households in Chincholi village located in Wani taluka of Yavatmal district were forced to travel more than 15-kms, had to navigate challenging terrains to accomplish a simple task of grinding everyday cereals into flour for daily use. What might seem to be a simple task for us in the city, was a huge challenge for villagers.

This initiative reaffirms ACC’s belief that no endeavor is too modest when it comes to improving the lives and livelihoods of its stakeholders.

In December 2020, ACC started working closely with Jivandhara Self Help Group (SHG) under the Integrated Chanda Area Development Program (ICADP) to set up a brand new flour mill in Chincholi village that today not only provides easy access to a grinding machine, but has also created a new stream of livelihood for members of the local self-help group. The flour mill grinds locally grown cereals like Wheat, Bazra, Jawari and Toor for as till as Rs. 4 per kg with a capacity to handle 250 kgs every day. Furthermore, this intervention is also generating a monthly income of Rs 12,000 for the members of the local SHG.

Mr. Ajay Kapur, CEO, Cement Business, said, “This initiative underscores our belief that every positive step, no matter how seemingly small, contributes to the greater good. By addressing the basic needs of the Chincholi community, we are not just providing a service but promoting sustainable change and creating opportunities for economic well-being. This aligns with our broader vision of promoting self-reliance, community empowerment, and a more resilient and prosperous future for all.”

The flour mill has also won the hearts of the 300-odd residents in Chincholi village, who are now able to direct their energies and scarce resources to more productive use by saving on travel and more expensive grinding services in the main market situation some 15 km away.

ACC and the Adani Foundation are involved in specific initiatives addressing various themes like social inclusion, community development, and the empowerment of rural communities. Their dedication extends to supporting and uplifting rural communities, contributing to positive change and sustainable development across these crucial areas.

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