Design and Manufacture Generator-run Churning-stick for Shepherds of Himalayas: A Business Idea

Shepherds’ Traditional churning-stick and container from Zanskar, Indian Himalayas

A traditional churning-stick and butter churn from Zanskar, Ladakh

Shepherds of Zanskar make lots of butter regularly. They use big traditional wooden containers and churning-sticks (madhanis) for making butter from cream and / or curds. Check the image on the left. But it is a time consuming manual process. They have LPG cylinders and generators for cooking and keeping their basic stony summer shelters in high altitude warm.

I met a group of shepherds at Doksa, near Penzi La in Zanskar during September, 2017. They were winding their summer encampments up to go home in Hemling, Zanskar. I had a chance to see one of their stony houses from inside. During this interaction, the owner asked me could I find a generator-run churning stick. He was very sure that a good product would sell like hot cakes because all shepherds want a fast simple method to make butter.

Their livestock-based lifestyle is not easy although now-a-days they have access to modern fuels. You can make it relatively easier by designing a churning-stick that meets the following requirements:

  1. Eco-friendly
  2. Generator-based / LPG-based / Sheep dung and Cow dung-based
  3. Plastic free
  4. Wooden and / or of food grade metal
  5. User-friendly, Easy to use
  6. Light on budget
  7. Light weight
  8. Durable
  9. Heavy-duty equipment that can survive harsh weather conditions of high altitude
  10. Zero maintenance
  11. Others that you can think

If you have machine designing skill and marketing talent, think today. Make a business plan. Start now.

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