Mai Mati is the brainchild of Kavita Muktidoot Kowshik, a graduate of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, an activist, social entrepreneur, and CSR consultant. Kavita has 28 years of experience in CSR projects, agricultural development, and rural transformation projects. For the past four years, she has been running Maitreya Agro, where she provides corporate social responsibility (CSR) consultations for corporates.
Kavita’s relatable and amiable personality allows her to connect with people from diverse backgrounds. She has worked with people from several rural communities to bring lasting change. Notably, her work with the Kanjarbhats led an entire community of highway robbers to take up farming as a livelihood. Kavita’s work helped them go from a criminal way of life to being less marginalized and better assimilated into society. For her work with the Kanjarbhats, she received the Jampolsky Award in the year 2000.
In the early years of her career, she has designed, initiated, and developed a community welfare program and welfare centers for Bharat Forge Ltd., Pune between 1979 and 1986. These community welfare centres are active even today. She has also been associated with several activists and social organisations, such the India Centre for Human Rights and Law and Maher at Vadu in Pune.
Kavita’s dream is to arm farmers with information; information they need to be smarter about farming techniques, natural resource dependencies, and working as collectives for economic proficiency.