About Swayam Farmer Foundation

Swayam trains and finances marginal farmers to grow higher value crops and adopt sustainable methods, enabling them to lift themselves out of poverty. Our vision is to uplift 100,000 marginal farmers in the next five years.

In 2018, we began operations in the Fatehpur district of Uttar Pradesh and successfully completed our pilot project with 50 farmers, offering continuous training and agri input based micro-finance.

Our Organization

Harshit Kohli

Founder & CEO
Harshit is a lawyer, (B.A., LL.B. (Hons.), NLUD '16). He grew up in a rural town among farmers. Previously, he was at Khaitan & Co where he worked on Corporate M&A and felt that an important way to reduce poverty is to empower agriculture.

Rahul Kohli

Strategy Consultant
Rahul is a chartered accountant and has worked with ITC Ltd and Amazon. He believes that streamlining processes in the agricultural value chain is a direct route to economic empowerment. He advises Swayam on strategy and finance.

Vivek Singh

Operations Associate
Vivek is a dedicated problem solver and is passionate about farming. He has previously served as a schoolteacher and develops relationships with farmers, government officials with ease. He manages end-to-end operations at Swayam.

Angad Yadav

Horticulture Field Officer
Angad studied M.Sc. (Horticulture) from Benares Hindu University. He believes that diversifying cropping patterns for smallholder farmers is the key to sustainable food production and productivity. He advises farmers on crop protection and nutrient management and has maintained an encouraging adherence rate of 72%.

Arun Singh

Field Manager
Arun studied B.Sc. (Agri) from Varanasi and has been advising farmers on best practices for past 20 years. He is a son of the soil and is passionate about agriculture. He is popularly known as 'doctor saab' in the region. He looks after field visits and trains the field officers

Mahtab Alam

IT Manager
Mahtab studied Computer Application from Kanpur and has been working independently as an IT professional for the past 10 years. He maintains farmer data and crop schedules and manages accounting for the organization

Anil Tewari

Administration
Anil studied M.A. from Kanpur and has been working in Bindki as an admin and customer relations manager for the past 15 years. He looks after farmer engagement and organizes training events

Our Partners

FarmRise
(Partner)
Haqdarshak
(Partner)
IIMB NSRCEL
(Mentoring Partner)
UnLtd India
(Incubator)