Shailesh Thakur co-founded Drishtee with Satyan Mishra and Nitin Gachhayat in 2000. Shailesh presently leads the team Drishtee for new ventures particularly in agriculture and micro enterprise development at the village level. His expertise in doing pilot of new ideas has helped the organization to take fast decision. He is also instrumental in creating a replicable and profitable model of e-governance which is running successfully in many districts. His understanding of rural space has helped in creating a field level systematic operational process. Interns from many institutions have worked with Shailesh to develop some business models for the villages.
Drishtee is a social enterprise started in the year 2000. It attempts to address the issue of rural economic development and accessibility. It works with rural communities in India (and elsewhere), usually through entrepreneurs and micro-enterprises. It has been creating sustainable business models that create economic advantages and livelihood opportunities.
Drishtee has over 14000 entrepreneurs now linked on a network of supply chains of milk-man routes. A large number of these entrepreneurs are small village stores but inter-spaced with them on the routes are entrepreneurs who provide services, including e-governance, health, vocational education, banking and micro-credit. Drishtee’s geographical presence is concentrated in the Northern and North-Eastern States of India, through it has worked in other states and some countries in Africa with partners.