Nestlé's commitment to safe food goes beyond the safety and quality of our own products. Nestlé India has partnered with the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) and national and local food authorities to train street food vendors on safe food and good hygiene. The training of street vendors includes subjects such as health, hygiene, food handling, food safety, personal hygiene, cart hygiene, cleaning and chemicals, pest control, garbage disposal and entrepreneurship.
Street food vending is an informal source of employment and vendors face constraints such as lack of business knowledge and skills, limited training opportunities and restricted mobility, which prevents their growth and income stability. The programme also helps them improve their income and sustain their livelihoods.
In 2017, programme was implemented across Goa, Rajasthan, U.P., Kerala and Delhi, reaching out to about 5,000 street food vendors who were awarded a certificate and presented a hygiene kit at the end of the training. Trained vendors experienced an approximate 25% growth in revenue.