Didi Ki Rasoi is one of the various business promotion efforts carried out by the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (JEEViKA). It was initially launched in 2018 as part of the Bihar Transformative Development Project, which is financed by the World Bank. In order to run food service counters across the district and block hospitals in the state, it was founded.

The first one was started in the Bihar district of Vaishali, and it expanded to all 38 of the state’s districts. At the moment, Bihar is home to approximately 83 such businesses that serve government hospitals, medical schools, banks, and other institutions. More than 1,200 female business owners and 150 full-time employees are involved in the project, and they are all guided by 20 consultants with backgrounds in catering and hotel management.

Each firm is funded by JEEViKA, while the Cluster Level Federations (CLFs) are in charge of acquiring the necessary tools and supplies. Women from neighbourhood self-help organisations participate in the CLFs and go through a seven-day training course on technical and managerial topics like hygiene, bookkeeping, and customer service.

Home-cooked meals are served to patrons from government hospitals, medical colleges, schools, banks, and other institutions. They are not only inexpensive but also filling and healthy. For breakfast, there are eggs, fruit, and milk; for lunch and dinner, there are pulses, roti, rice, and seasonal vegetables; and for evening snacks, there are tea and biscuits. Popular items on the menu of the walk-in canteens include litti and kachori, two regional treats. The majority of the raw materials are bought from nearby farmers and product cooperatives that are sponsored by JEEViKA.

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