Save Desis

Welcome to Save Desis, where we’ve built a robust platform with a mission to empower Indian Americans and ensure a sustainable food supply in times of crisis. Our non-profit organization also provides essential financial services, including low-cost remittances and opportunities for conservative investments in a Web3 fund.

  • I utilized my technical and management skills to establish a diaster relief fund called Save Desis which gained recognition and support from the Indian community. It has received prolific response in its early stages and successfully raised $80k already.
  • Working within a culturally closed off community came with its own set of challenges, but I dedicated myself to understanding their local culture and earning their trust through my exceptional performance
  • I am actively focusing on the long-term sustainability of the community by undertaking initiatives to grow and source grains, ensuring a reliable and sustainable food supply for the future

Our Mission

At the core of our mission is the establishment of sustainable food sources. We recognize that in the face of potential global disruptions, securing a reliable food supply is not just essential; it is lifesaving. Our community agriculture initiatives are designed not only to provide physical nourishment but also to foster a sense of unity and spiritual well-being among community members.

We offer essential financial services to our community, such as being able to send remittances back home to India and conservative investment options. All of our fees from such business activities go to our disaster relief fund, which will be used to purchase land where all Desis can come and sustainably live together in the event of a global disaster.

We offer essential financial services for our community

Low cost Remittances

We offer low cost remittance to our members, powered by Paygold. All the transaction fees goes entirely to our non-profit fund

Conservative Investment Vehicle

We also offer our community the change to invest in a conservative Web3 fund to grow their wealth.

Books and Apps

We have been blessed by Swami Satyananda Saraswati to be able to sell his work through our platform. All proceeds from these sales go to our disaster relief fund

Your Fees, Their Grains

Save Desis pledges to utilize the transaction fees generated from our diverse business activities to procure and dispatch vital grains, ensuring sustenance for impoverished communities grappling with hunger in India. 

Tech Infrastructure Overview

At the core of our platform is a cutting-edge technological infrastructure designed to seamlessly deliver crucial services to our community.

Low Cost Remittances

At Save Desis, we take pride in offering our community low-cost remittance services, driven by cutting-edge technology hosted on AWS and secured through blockchain transactions. Here’s a technical breakdown of how this process unfolds.

Identity

Our platform employs robust identity verification processes, including industry-standard Know Your Customer (KYC) procedures.

This ensures a secure and compliant environment, building trust and confidence among our users.

Banking

Leveraging secure connections with banking APIs, our platform optimizes the user experience by facilitating the initiation of fund transfers directly from linked bank accounts.

The offramp functionality ensures a technically sound process for users to withdraw funds, employing secure protocols for the transfer back to their bank accounts.

This technical integration, complemented by real-time transaction visibility, not only enhances operational efficiency but also aligns with industry-leading standards, providing our community with a robust and secure platform for managing financial transactions.

Crypto

Save Desis pioneers a conservative investment approach in the realm of cryptocurrencies, providing a secure avenue for wealth growth.

Our platform invites users to engage in carefully curated cryptocurrency investments, ensuring stability and predictable returns.

Through strategic participation in staking pools, users can stake their cryptocurrencies, benefiting from a steady and reliable growth trajectory.

By prioritizing security measures and offering educational resources, Save Desis empowers users to make informed decisions, fostering a community committed to building a secure and prosperous financial future.

Ledgering

We leverage blockchain’s advanced distributed ledger technology to maintain an immutable and transparent record of all transactions. 

Every transaction is securely and immutably recorded on the blockchain, ensuring a transparent and tamper-proof ledger. This commitment to auditability not only guarantees the integrity of our platform but also provides users with an unparalleled ability to audit and trace their remittance transactions in real-time

Compliance

Save Desis prioritizes regulatory compliance with comprehensive licensing coverage across North America.

Our adherence to MSB Category for dealing in virtual currencies ensures legal compliance.

We navigate the intricacies of international money transfer and crypto laws, providing users with a secure and fully compliant remittance platform.

AWS Infrastructure

Our CI/CD pipeline hosted end-to-end on AWS

Our journey began with strategically leveraging servers on Amazon Web Services (AWS), laying the groundwork for a secure and scalable payment ecosystem

We utilize various AWS services such as 

  • Amazon EC2
  • Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service)
  • Amazon Cognito
  • API Gateway
  • CloudWatch
  • CloudFormation
  • AWS Key Management Service (KMS)
  • Route 53

…  with many more being added as we keep adding new updates to the platform.

Transaction Flow

User Authentication

When a user initiates a remittance request, the process begins by authenticating and authorizing the transaction details.

User authentication is a crucial step to ensure the security of the remittance process. We employ robust authentication mechanisms to validate user credentials and authorize transactions.

Transaction Authorization

Upon successful authentication, the transaction details are authorized, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and internal security standards.

Blockchain Integration

The heart of our remittance system lies in the integration of blockchain technology. We leverage a blockchain network to facilitate and record each transaction securely.

By utilizing blockchain technology, we significantly reduce the costs associated with traditional remittance systems. The decentralized nature of blockchain eliminates the need for intermediaries and streamlines the overall process

Transaction Confirmation

Once the transaction is recorded on the blockchain, both the sender and the recipient receive confirmation, ensuring transparency and traceability throughout the process.

Funds Allocation to Non-Profit Fund

Every transaction incurs a nominal fee, and the entirety of these fees is directed to our non-profit fund. This ensures that every remittance contributes directly to our mission of empowerment and community support

Our low-cost remittance system is a synergy of AWS hosting for robust infrastructure and blockchain technology for secure and transparent transactions. This technical foundation enables us to provide an efficient, cost-effective, and socially impactful remittance service for the Save Desis community.

Challenges I Faced

Achievements

  • Working within a culturally closed off community came with its own set of challenges, but I dedicated myself to understanding their local culture and earning their trust through my exceptional performance
  • I utilized my technical and management skills to establish a diaster relief fund called Save Desis which gained recognition and support from the Indian community. It has received prolific response in its early stages and successfully raised $80k already.
  • I am actively focusing on the long-term sustainability of the community by undertaking initiatives to grow and source grains, ensuring a reliable and sustainable food supply for the future