The Pune-based Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI) was established in 2005 by Milind Kamble, a civil engineer and entrepreneur. While Mr. Kamble is currently the Chairman, the organization has grown with the help of 18 state chapters & 7 International Chapters. Its membership base is rapidly expanding as more Dalit entrepreneurs become aware of its activities and what it can offer them.
The activities of its members are quite diversified ranging from manufacturing (sectors such as chemicals, agri-products, frozen foods, plastics, textiles, pest control, metals and metallurgy, marine engineering, solar energy, sugar refining), construction and services (health care, hospitality industries, education and international trade).
DICCI’s tag line explains its philosophy and its raison d’etre :
Be Job Givers – Not Job Seekers
The Chamber operates with a three-fold mandate :
- Bring together all Dalit entrepreneurs under one umbrella
- Become a one-stop Resource Center for existing and aspiring Dalit entrepreneurs
- Promote entrepreneurship among Dalits as a solution to their socio-economic problems
Challenges for DICCI
As we chart out the future course of action, we confront many challenges in terms of fostering entrepreneurship among the community: a) availability of early-stage funding; b) creating professional Entrepreneurship Development Programs (EDPs) tailored for their needs without ignoring their social setting, and; c) helping existing Dalit entrepreneurs scale up their operations and grow.
A) The legacy model of ‘collateral based lending’ preferred by traditional FIs creates an entry barrier to aspiring Dalit entrepreneurs as they rarely possess assets that can be collateralized. However, it is not clear how far it will be feasible to create an ‘early stage funding Venture Capital mechanism’ as an alternative.
B) Establishing EDPs as professionally run programs, not exclusively for Dalits (to avoid ghettoization and expand their professional networks).
C) Creating / accessing professional funds that can invest in Dalit businesses that are on the growth trajectory.
A major challenge for DICCI is how to create/prescribe benchmarks for its members in terms of how and from where to access capital and pitfalls thereof, and where to turn for advice and mentoring. The DICCI and its members face a large knowledge gap about the complexities, opportunities and risks in harnessing the financial sector.
OUR VISION - ‘Developing Business Leadership’
Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DICCI) was established on 14th April 2005. To instill the spirit of entrepreneurship among Dalit youth to develop business leadership, thus empowering them to walk in step with the world.
OUR MISSION - 'Be job givers - Not job seekers'
To motivate Dalit youth to enter the business & industry sector as entrepreneurs and to carve their own niche; To encourage them to contribute to the nation's economy through wealth creation and to spread the spirit of enterprise to other fellow members. Our mission is to encourage Dalit entrepreneurs and support them in their ventures.
OUR AIM - ‘Fight Caste With Capital’
DICCI - On the path of learning and enrichment through Networking and Knowledge exchange.
- Business Trade Fairs.
- Seminars & Workshops.
- Interaction with Industry and Government.
- Share the Information on latest trends & opportunities