About Us

Ever since I first stepped foot into the bustling kitchen of a restaurant, undocumented and full of dreams, I felt a pang of unease deep within me. It wasn't just the fast-paced environment or the long hours that troubled me, but rather the disconnect I observed between the local food producers, the talented cooks, and the eager consumers.

As I chopped vegetables and stirred pots in those early days, I couldn't shake the feeling that something was fundamentally wrong with how our food system operated. Local farmers toiled away, producing fresh, nutritious ingredients with care and dedication, only to find themselves sidelined by a system that favored convenience over quality. Meanwhile, skilled cooks like myself struggled to source the needed ingredients, resorting to mass-produced, flavorless substitutes imported from far-flung corners of the globe.

It was a broken cycle that left everyone wanting. Farmers struggled to make ends meet, consumers settled for subpar meals, and our connection to the land and the food it provided grew ever more distant. But instead of succumbing to despair, I found myself fiercely determined to make a change. I couldn't stand by and watch as this unsustainable system thrived. And so, with little more than a vision and a burning passion, I set out to create something new with my co-founder, Aayushi.

That's how Chula was born—a humble yet ambitious endeavor to bridge the gap between local farmers, cooks, and consumers. With Chula, we set out to build a community where everyone had a seat at the table, where farmers could showcase their produce directly to consumers, and where cooks could craft meals that celebrated the bounty of our local land.

I'm grateful for the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than myself—to be a catalyst for change in an industry that desperately needs it.

( Ujj )Ujj
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Our Service

Chula is a transformative platform that bridges the gap between local users, cooks, and farmers by providing a seamless digital ecosystem for listing, ordering, and processing payments.

We integrate the traditional farming knowledge of refugees and immigrants with that of local farmers to innovate ways of producing products locally, meeting national demands.

We are Committed to

Our mission is to empower communities, foster job creation, mitigate climate change, and promote sustainable, inclusive local food systems.

How does it work?

Chula is a cost-free platform where local farmers and cooks can list their fresh produce and homemade meals, establishing a direct connection with consumers.

Our platform fosters community by bringing together refugees, immigrants, and local farmers to share knowledge, collaborate, and collectively contribute to a sustainable and inclusive local food system.

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Acknowledged and Supported By Oneida County Government

Founders

Ujjwal Rai

Founder

Ujj, a founder, brings a wealth of experience, from hum le beginnings as a dishwasher to now owning his own businesses. His acadamic achivements, including an MBA in Risk Management from Utica University and ongoing studies at Harvard and outing studeis at Harvard University, complement his practical knowledge. His motivation for founding Chula is rooted in providing access to quality, locally sourced food, fostering community, boosting economies and reducing environmental impact.

Aayushi Batra

Co-Founder & Lead Developer

Aayushi a full-stack developer with over a decade of experience and a computer science degree, co-founded Chula beacuse she wanted to positively impact local communities in New York and beyond.

Advisors

JP Delavin

Finance Advsior Phd Candidate in Mathematical Finance

Dr. Boris Houenou

Economic Advisor

Dr. Alexander Dale

MIT and Climate Scientist

Ryan Miller

Director, thINCubator

Tim Fitzgerald

VP - Mohawk Valley EDGE

Tim Giarrusso

CEO of Human Technologies

Work With

  • Esaan Food (Thai Refugee Woman-owned)
  • Wendy's Food (Puerto Rican Woman-owned)
  • Mohawk Valley Latino Association
  • Amish Farmers
  • Paul (Poland, NY)
  • Andrew (Marcy,NY)

A simple way to make our community better!