Identification of common pain points faced by the rural population in Uttarakhand
In 2013, the founder Harshit Sahdev identified the common pain points faced by the rural population which included treacherous terrain, poor connectivity, frequent landslides, cloud bursts in monsoons, and wildlife impacting agriculture and livestock. These factors combined made the lives of the rural population challenging, and the Harshit saw an opportunity to address these issues
Launch of an initiative to help Didsari village.
In 2014, Harshit launched an initiative to help the villagers of Didsari get a bridge that would connect them to the city. This initiative was successful and led to the inception of the core mission of Himshakti. The mission was to help rural communities in Uttarakhand overcome challenges related to infrastructure, connectivity, and agriculture, among others. The success of the initiative in Didsari showed the potential of the brand to make a positive impact on rural communities
Incorporation of Himshakti
In the year 2018, Himshakti was incorporated. At this time, it was realized that the gourmet salt industry could serve as an opportunity to provide locals with regular income and be profitable at the same time. This industry had potential in Uttarakhand due to the region’s natural abundance of salt deposits. Himshakti began working on developing a business model that would allow them to tap into this opportunity while also creating a positive impact on the local community
First sale of the salt products of Himshakti to valley farms and VKJ Projects Pvt. Limited.
In 2019, Himshakti made its first sale of salt products to Valley Farms and VKJ Projects Pvt. Limited. This marked a significant milestone for the company as it demonstrated the viability of its business model and the quality of its products. The sale also provided a source of income for the local community involved in the production of the salt. It was a step towards achieving the company’s mission of creating sustainable livelihoods for rural communities in Uttarakhand.
Incubated at FIED IIM Kashipur with seed funding of 2.5 lakhs. Beginning of international sales in France and America.
In 2020, Himshakti was incubated at the Foundation for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development (FIED) IIM Kashipur, which provided the company with seed funding of 2.5 lakhs. This allowed the company to further develop its business and expand its operations. Additionally, the year marked the beginning of international sales in France and America, which was a significant milestone for the company. Himshakti was now on its way to achieving its vision of creating sustainable livelihoods for rural communities in Uttarakhand while also expanding its market reach.
Products recognised by the best chefs in the country viz. Chef Vikas Khanna, Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi
Himshakti’s products were recognized by some of the best chefs in India, including Chef Vikas Khanna and Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi. The recognition was a testament to the quality of the company’s products, which were made using natural, sustainable processes. It also provided a boost to the company’s reputation and helped increase awareness of its products.
Launch of new product range and in talks to collaborate with the 5-star hotel chain.
In 2021, Himshakti launched a new range of products, which further expanded its offerings. The launch was a part of the company’s strategy to diversify its product portfolio and tap into new markets. Additionally, the company was in talks to collaborate with a 5-star hotel chain, which could provide a significant boost to its business and help it reach a wider audience.
Tie-Ups with Jaypee Manor, JW Marriott, La Villa Bethany, Mussorie. Pre-Seed Funding round- Artha Venture Fund, funding of 17 lakhs
In 2022, Himshakti secured tie-ups with several well-known hotels, including Jaypee Manor, JW Marriott, La Villa Bethany, Mussorie. These tie-ups provided a significant boost to the company’s business, as they helped it reach a wider audience and expand its market reach. Additionally, the company raised pre-seed funding of 17 lakhs from Artha Venture Fund, which would help it further develop its business and continue to create sustainable livelihoods for rural communities in Uttarakhand.