About Us

Kumaun Grameen Udyog (KGU) was established as a Section 25 company by the Central Himalayan Rural Action Group (Chirag) in 1996. KGU is mandated to reinvest all profit into rural development activities. To this end, KGU contributes towards two major initiatives of Chirag:

  • a Hospital in Sargakhet Village
  • a Primary School in Simayal Village (Nainital District)

With the aim of providing livelihood opportunities for the local community, KGU works with 200 artisans and sources from over 350 small farmers. Furthermore, KGU is a member of the All India Artisans and Craftworkers Welfare Association (AIACA) and of Fair Trade Forum – India (FTF-I)

Our product strategy entails:

  • working with locally available skills and resources such as traditional knitting for our handicrafts, and incorporating local fruits into spreads.
  • introducing new capacities such as apricot processing of oil and scrub, and the weaving of scarves, stoles, shawls and garments at our weaving centre in Buribana.

Besides our own product range, we also market products that are relevant for the communities we work with. These include products that reduce expenditure of local families or that serve a development purpose: such as energy-efficient lighting devices or affordable books for children.


Kumaun Grameen Udyog                                                                                                                                                                           Website Developed by Gautam Dhar
PO Kasiyalekh, District Nainital, Uttarakhand 263132, India.
Email sales@kgu.org.in | info@kgu.org.in