Deshpande Foundation

Micro-Entrepreneurship & livelihood Development Program (MELDP)

Helping small and local entrepreneurs build their businesses and grow to their fullest potential.


The Micro-Entrepreneurship & Livelihood Development Program (MELDP), is an initiative aimed at empowering individual micro-entrepreneurs, artisans and youth from underprivileged backgrounds in Karnataka, Telangana, and Maharashtra. MELDP is committed to fostering entrepreneurship, enhancing livelihoods, and upskilling the youth in the region.

MELDP operates through three key verticals:

In the past 13 years, over 5,000 people have benefited from the MELDP program. These success stories and the good reputation we've built fuel our excitement for the future.

Discovering new leaders with potential to grow from local to global.