Kai Krafts
supporting artisans,
promoting North Karnataka crafts

about idf

Initiatives for Development Foundation aims to empower the underprivileged through holistic approaches to poverty alleviation. IDF achieves this mission through integrated programs in social mobilization, financial inclusion, and the development of sustainable livelihoods.

IDF works with men and women across five districts of Karnataka. IDF’s community based approach is one of the defining aspects of the model. IDF facilitates the creation of self-help groups, and trains the members in sustainable livelihoods, micro enterprise and natural resource management.

As a result of the success of the natural fiber cluster, initiated by IDF in partnership with Gramya Turnkey Services Private Ltd., IDF began working with artisans in the Hubli-Dharwad region. Since the project’s inception in 2010, IDF has provided skills training and design development workshops to over 200 local artisans.
IDF has been awarded by NABARD for the best performance under SHG Bank Linkage and Farmers Club Program in 2009-2010.


Vivekanand N. Salimath Managing Trustee. Vice-Chairman of AKMI (Association of Karnataka Micro Finance Institutions). Earlier he was a developmental Banker and Executive Director of RUDSETIs. He is presently the Managing Trustee of Kai Krafts along with many other duties.

Dr N.K. Thingalaya President, Governing Board. Developmental Economist, Chairman, Academic Council, Nitte Educational Society. He was Chairman and Managing Director of Syndicate Bank, Chairman of the RBI expert group on restructuring of Regional rural Banks.

G.M. Deshpande - Executive Trustee. Director of WSECC (Women Self Employment Counseling Centre). He was a developmental banker.

Sri Umakanth B.R - Advisor A Technocrat. Earlier he was Managing Director of VITC and KEONICS, Karnataka State Undertakings.

Sri Sundeep V Pai - Advisor Consultant on Strategic Management, CEO of Pai Biz Inc. Earlier he was with IBM and Deloitte Consulting Group

Sri Prakash Rao K.S - Chairman, Board of Trustees. An Educationist, President of the Sri RK Sanjeev Rao Educational and Cultural Academy focusing on quality education in rural areas. Earlier he was General Manager of Syndicate Bank.

T.V. Srikantha Shenoy Executive Trustee. A developmental banker. Earlier he was the founder Secretary of Syndicate Rural Development Trust and Director of RUDSETI.

Shrikant M. Hebbal  - Executive Trustee. Chairman of Gramya TS Pvt. Ltd. Earlier he was a developmental Banker and Director of RUDSETI