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McLeod Russel India Ltd.

Mcleod Russel is the world’s largest tea producer.

Mcleod Russel produces nearly 100 million kilos of high quality tea every year from our tea estates in Assam, West Bengal, Vietnam and Uganda. Their tea business directly employs over 90,000 people.

As the largest Indian tea exporter Mcleod Russel has a strong market for their tea in countries of Europe, the Middle East and North America.  They have always been very famous for their quality of tea produce and distribution channels all across the globe.

McLeod Russel has won a large number of credits and accolades to their name.

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ICICI PRUDENTIAL LIFE INSURANCE LTD.

ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company is a joint between ICICI Bank, one of the foremost financial services companies of India and Prudential plc, one of the leading international financial services group headquartered in the United Kingdom. ICICI Prudential was amongst the first private sector life insurance companies to begin operations in December 2000 after receiving approval from Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA).

ICICI Prudential has selected tea tribes of Assam as the target market to launch a microinsurance product. These workers are mostly migrants from neighbouring states who have settled in Assam for generations. Their community is not recognized as ‘scheduled tribes´ under the Indian constitution and cannot therefore benefit from government benefits such as job reservation.

The tea tribes constitute about 17% of the population in Assam. Almost 50% of the tea estate workers are women who are employed to pluck tea, the most labour intensive part of tea production. The average monthly income of a household is around 2000 Indian rupees. In addition, tea estate management provides the workers with housing and subsidised rations.

Due to geographic constraints, however, basic facilities like hospitals, schools, banks, etc. are very limited. There is also very little awareness about institutionalised savings and preventive health amongst the workers. The monthly savings are nominal and mostly saved in the form of cash or unregulated schemes. Due to the lack of awareness and limited access to banks and other financial institutions, the workers tend to borrow money from local money lenders.

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INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION:

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that deals with labour issues. Its headquarters are in GenevaSwitzerland. Its secretariat — the people who are employed by it throughout the world — is known as the International Labour Office. The organization received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1969.

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VIDEO VOLUNTEERS

Video Volunteers flagship Community Video Unit program sets up locally owned and managed media services in which communities produce and view community-specific news and documentaries in areas that rarely receive relevant information from the mainstream media.  The Community Video Units (CVUs), which are set up in partnership with many of the leading NGOs in India, have inspired thousands of people in slums and villages to organize and take action on issues such as health, sanitation and womens’ rights, arts and culture, education, etc.

Active in India and Brazil, Video Volunteers is the  winner of many awards, such as, the Knight News Challenge, a prestigious journalism award, a TED Fellowship, and an Echoing Green Fellowship, which is the premier recognition for young social entrepreneurs. In 2008, Video Volunteers was shortlisted for the International Development Prize of the King Baudouin Foundation of Belgium.  Video Volunteers has also won a NYU Stern Business Plan Competition, a Tech AwardManthan Award and Development Gateway Award shortlist. The founder of Video Volunteers has been recognized as an Architect of the Future by the Waldzell Institute of Austria and invited on a tour of Japan by the Junior Chamber as one of their five annual Young Persons of Distinction awards program.

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