New Beginning for Kavita and Rajesh’s Dream – Shri Gau Rashtram

How it started?

Kavita and Rajesh started their Cow shelter, Shri Gau Rashtram, 8 months ago at Chhattarpur, Delhi with a view to do Gau Sewa for aged and abandoned cows. They started the shelter with 4 cows which did not produce any milk and were donated to the shelter by their owners who did not have the means to support them. The shelter is run by Kavita, Rajesh and their 3 young children.

How has the shelter grown?

Over time, the Shri Gau Rashtram family has given shelter to 19 cows including some calves. Most of the cows are purchased from poor farmers or milkmen who would otherwise have sold them off to a butcher. Gau Rashtram matches the butcher’s price and takes them in. Some cows have also been donated by families who could not afford to care for them. These cows are not just treated as bovines but are given loving names like Bindo, Lakshmi, Priyansi, Leader etc. to which they respond when called.

What are the issues faced?

However the shelter is not economically viable as it generates at best only a small income resulting in the couple’s limited resources to run dry. The couple is broken financially due to high running costs of their ashram and the thought of abandoning their beloved cows has left them heartbroken.

What are the expenses?

Shri Gau Rashtram’s current monthly expenses are around INR 70,000 that are mainly spent on Cow feed which costs 60,000 per month, medicines for sick or injured Cows which is around 5,000 per month and other expenses that come to 5000 per month.

What is the revenue model?

Some Cows produce milk (average daily yield around 30 liters) which is sold at market rate of INR 50 per liter and fetches the shelter around 1,500 per day. However, Rajesh incurs around INR 200 per day in distribution expenses. Thus, the Cow milk sale generates around INR 39,000 per month in sales leaving the couple an operating loss of around INR 30,000 per month.

What is needed from you?
The goal of this campaign is to generate INR 3,60,000 of working capital for Kavita and Rajesh which should secure the couple for one year. The money will be spent in stabilizing the current operations of Shri Gau Rashtram. Though personally, I feel that the couple will never say no to taking in more abandoned cows as long as they can afford to which may lead to increased expenses in future. Your small contributions will be of great help to this couple in helping their dream survive.

About Me

My name is Ashutosh Joshi and I am based in Delhi-NCR working as Manager Finance for a large MNC. Inspired by the dynamic leadership of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, I have decided to do my bit by helping our Nation’s grass root heroes. I am the moderator of this campaign. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.
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17th June 2018
Dear Supporters,

We disbursed the total amount received to Kavita and Rajesh for Gau Rashtram. We are extremely pleased to inform that the family has paid off their high interest debt taken from a lender. Kavita ji has purchased a scooter which she will be using for running the ghee sales business. The family has a small set of enthusiastic buyers who are willing to pay a premium for the purchase of Ghee from Desi cows. There is a more happy news. GauRashtram welcomed 2 more (1 cow and 1 calf) taking the strength of Gau Rashtram family to 21 :)

24th May 2018
Thanks to all our contributors. We are disbursing the amount to Kavita. Let us wish this couple all the best in their journey of kindness.
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raised of Rs.360,000 goal

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Supporters (147)

Anonymous donated Rs.100
8 days ago
Anonymous donated US $50
9 days ago

For my fellow Hindus who have been suffering all their life just because they belong to the most tolerant and noble faith

Vipul donated Rs.2,000
about 1 month ago

Jai Gau Mata

Milaap Impact Partner donated US $7.94
about 2 months ago

Matching payment towards Anonymous’ contribution

Anonymous donated Rs.2,500
about 2 months ago

Please keep up the great work of serving Gau. May the blessings of Gau be on you. A small request from my end is to prevent breeding between Desi and foreign/ hybrid breeds. Also educate people around you to conserve and promote Desi cow breeds.

Milaap Impact Partner donated US $0.16
about 2 months ago

Matching payment towards Anonymous’ contribution