The Pipal Foundation

Our sister charity creates sustainable futures

Central to its role as a funder and capacity builder, SLA aspires to work with its past, current and future partners towards their independence and sustainability.

To achieve this goal, SLA has constituted a sister charity, The Pipal Foundation (TPF). TPF are partnering with the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School for Veterinary Studies in this innovative initiative.

The main aim of TPF, through a private limited company in India, is to develop a sustainable and socially responsible dairy farm to serve as a centre of excellence and to benefit the community in which it will operate in India. It is the intention that this will provide sustainable funding for recognised NGOs engaged in child welfare activities and will also provide an additional source of funding for SLA’s partner projects.

On behalf of TPF, the dairy farm will be operated by an Indian company, set up by the Indian partners in the project, who will oversee the implementation and management of the initiative.

For further information please visit The Pipal Foundation page.

The farm location was in the process of being confirmed in early 2020 but the advent of the coronavirus pandemic has led to that element of the work being put on temporary hiatus. Work is now resuming and TPF’s partners are searching for a suitable plot of land for this project. Once identified work will move ahead as swiftly as possible to allow the farm to be designed, constructed
and dairy cattle purchased.

The Pipal Foundation project is on a par with the most ambitious current international social enterprise initiatives and relates well to the Scottish Government’s strategy to increase international links in social enterprise.