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GAP Intensive Initiative

Livelihood & Enterprise

Start Date : 15th November 2017

Big Impact Goal

Create direct impact on more than 50,000 garment workers in Dharavi Slum, Mumbai in terms of their income level and workplace environment.

About TrueBlue Texcraft

Vivek Chandra, Global Action on Poverty (GAP) Changemaker

Vivek Chandra

TrueBlue Texcraft


TrueBlue is a social enterprise with operations starting from 2014 to handle the issue of exploitation of informal garment manufacturing sectors. They have been working with workers of Dharavi slum in Mumbai, the second biggest slum in Asia from past 3 years and connected more than 100 garment workers to Pan India & Exports markets.

Through this web platform, they are aggregating all the stakeholders of the supply chain, like Fabric suppliers, informal tailoring factories, accessories suppliers, Printing units, Embroidery units and customers at one place.

In the last 3 years, TrueBlue have realized the inefficiencies in the production, marketing and sales of informal manufacturing units of lifestyle & Apparel products. To reduce these inefficiencies, they are building India’s first automated supply chain management system in a form of a web platform. which can improve the production efficiency & capacity utilization of these informal units. TrueBlue’s web platform along with manual workforce will manage the business processes and working engagements of the associated informal manufacturing units at par with organized manufacturing factories.

The manual engagements will be minimized with the increase in the use of technology in future. Once the order is received, the platform distributes the work to the associated units based on their products expertise, unmet production capacity, machinery, skill base and previous orders history. The platform simultaneously informs and engages other supply chain members like fabric suppliers and ancillary support service providers as per the best-suited workflow plan for the fastest delivery.

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Key Achievements

Team clear on Vivek’s work

Framework created

Vivek has couple of Trial orders from ‘A’ Team expert Priyanka Bapan.

A Team expert Sohil Shah is working with Vivek on Enhancement of Quality and Supply Chain metrics

  • 23rd March

    Intensive Leader and Change maker Connect

  • 29th March

    Intensive Leader and Change maker Connect

  • 31st March

    Initial A Team & Changemaker Connect

  • Pending

    Field Visit

  • 6th April

    Deeper Understanding by A Team

  • 13th April

    13th April

  • 20th April

    Brainstorming on Strategy/Ideas

  • Day 70

    Choose Key Strategies

  • Day 20-200

    Leverage Partner & Connections

Planning and Execution
  • Day 60-70

    Create Big Impact Plan

  • Day 90

    Power Up Session with Intensive Council

  • Day 70 – 364


  • Day 180 & 270

    2 Power up Sessions with intensive council

  • Day 365

    Final Impact Presentation


‘A’ Team



Alok Mehrotra

Alok Mehrotra
CEO at ICON Design Automation

He started his career at Xilinx as an IC Design Manager in San Jose, California. He Rose throug...

Business Expert

Image of Sohil Shah for Global Action on Poverty (GAP)

Sohil Shah

3i Network

Sohil is working as the Associate Vice President of Intellecap Impact Investment Network and is...

Business Expert


Priyanka Bapna

Priyanka Bapna
Founder of Meemansa

She manages the entire design and manufacturing of women's ethnic wear to branded store at Meem...

Business Expert

Sandeep Kohle

Sandeep Kohle

Sandeep Kohle
Executive Director Hindustan Unilever Ltd | Vice President Personal Care – South Asia

Started his career as a Management Trainee at Hindustan Unilever Ltd in 1993. Sandeep joined HU...

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