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Making and Selling 'Momo'

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Income generation by selling food.
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  • Momo


Most Kuki living in Delhi are unable to find jobs and secure a livelihood. The KSDF will recruit seven young refugees from the Kuki ethnic group who are presently unemployed to participate in this project. They will rent a room and buy furniture, cooking equipment, and the raw ingredients to launch a business selling ''momo''. The project will produce sufficient revenue for continued operation.

The dish offered will be Momo, a kind of dumpling that is common throughout Asia and can be sold as inexpensive "fast food".

You can help by contributing to the cost of starting the business, including buying supplies and renting a room to prepare the food.

Additional Information

Name of Organization Kuki Students Democratic Front
About the Organisation

The organization was founded on 12 December 1992. It was initially organized by three people in the India border area. These people fled from Burma during the 1988 protests. The objectives of the organization are mainly to obtain autonomy and their own state in Burma. The KSDF has carried out some activities in the border area including human rights awareness raising, teaching about Kuki history, and promoting unity.

Total Costs INR 12,000 (approx. CZK 4,600, EUR 190)
Amount for sponsorship CZK 4,500
Total Number of Shares 9
Location Vikaspuri, New Delhi
Timeframe September - December 2011
Progress Update
  • August: KSDF trained its members in how to make 'momo' and also decided who would be in charge of food preparation, marketing, and selling. A kitchen room was rented and a location found for selling the momo. Sales were slow in the first month, but on average 20 plates of momo were sold each day. The members enjoy the work and look forward to their project developing further.
  • September: Thanks to the members' hard work, sales went up to an average of 35 plates a day. The increased profits mean that members are getting better salaries and are better able to support themselves.


Kuki community members were trained in making and selling momo, and began selling at a location near the PVR Cinema hall in Vikaspuri. On average, 20 plates of chicken momo and 15 plates of vegetarian momo were sold each day, in the beginning. Sales had to be moved to a new location, but at the same time the group decided to also offer home delivery and catering for small events. Sales went up to an average of 35 plates of chicken momo and 25 plates of vegetarian momo a day in September, and rose slightly higher in October. A decision was made to purchase a second-hand refrigerator to reduce food wastage and make the food preparation process easier.

Words from the Microgrant Recipient

"After finishing this project period, the project material things will be remaining for our organization. So we can run it our own project and earn the money and stand ourselves to serve our daily lively hood problem. We will also increasing and carrying on the business larger and larger so that the members also have a job as well as the community and the organization will stand and work strongly for our people." "We the project members kindly hope that you comply and understand our project, which will be a very helpful for us and all in the future and lastly we are really grateful for yours assistance."


1. Making momo.


2. Momo ready to be cooked.


3. Momo sales stand.


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