Help needed to build a workflow tool to enable women producers

Hi Folks,

I represent a social enterprise ecosystem based in the Nilgiris mountains.

A little about us:

The Good Gift (TGG) is the marketing arm of an enabling ecosystem anchored by Indian Yards Foundation (IYF) in the Nilgiris mountains.

IYF, a not for profit enterprise, up-skills women from rural & indigenous communities of The Nilgiris with craft forms and subsequently enables them into craft clusters that produce fabric dolls using upcycled pre consumer textile waste from their hamlets for the urban communities. TGG, a for profit, then provides with the market linkages. This ecosystem is aimed at instilling an entrepreneurial mindset in the minds of women from these mountain communities so that the women and, eventually the communities are onto a path of self sustenance. We have built a decentralized backward linking model to ensure we don’t disrupt their traditional way of life making these communities resilient. We are using craft and commerce as means to fuel this ecosystem.

More about us is available on and

As we scale, we are grappling with workflow management tools that could manage transactions between the market linking enterprise and the producer women who largely work from their respective homes. We currently use excel sheets which is becoming time consuming and is prone to errors.

The nature of transactions is simple - onboarding, raw material distribution, finished goods submission, quality checks, payments to bank accounts on a monthly basis.

We are looking for help to build a simple tool (possibly an app) that could make this process efficient that includes data capture, reporting, approval steps, etc. If it’s an app then women can self service using their or their family owned smart phones.

We off course don’t have funds for this :slight_smile: so looking for some frugal ways to solution for this problem. We are looking for volunteers who could contribute their time and expertise … if there’s some subscription charges needed to be borne by us to build this tool … we could explore that possibility.

Look forward.

Warm regards,
Suhas Ramegowda

@Tech4GoodCommunity @vishnus request to guide. will erp/frappe or some other tools be relevant here?

Hi @SuhasRamegowda, @Mari

ERPNext would be a perfect solution for this. @Tech4GoodCommunity can help regarding this. Regarding costs and maintenance also, they will be able to tell you clearly.


Thanks @vishnus and @Mari for the dialogue. I have indeed come across ERPNext as a possible solution in a couple of conversations.

I’ll drop a DM here on Grove to @Tech4GoodCommunity to figure out a way to talk and explore possibilities. Thanks much.

@SuhasRamegowda Hi Suhas,

Happy to connect on this. Could you send an email to [email protected]? We can have an exploratory call and then take this forward.

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