Indian startup Karya employs rural women to collect 7 label data for AI chatbots & virtual assistants in vernacular languages.
Manu Chopra, the founder, started working on using technology to combat poverty after his graduation in 2017.
Karya, founded in 2021, meets growing demand for data in the generative AI frenzy. India expects 1 million data annotation workers by 2030, reports Nasscom.
Karya pays rural women up to 20 times the minimum wage for higher-quality Indian-language data, setting it apart in the industry.
"Tech giants spend billions on AI training data," says Stanford-educated founder of Karya, Manu Chopra. "Low wages are an industry failure."
Prominent names in Silicon Valley teams up with Karya for high-quality data to serve non-English users, marking a significant industry shift.
In a tiny room, in a village of Bangalore, sits Preethi P. reading a sentence in her native Kannada language into an app on a phone.
Today Preethi P. earns 4,500 rupees in three days working with Karya, quadrupling her usual monthly income as a tailor.
30,000+ women help Karya collect gender-intentional data for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to reduce LLM gender biases.
Karya aims to alleviate poverty 7 plans to expand its platform to organizations in Africa & South America.