Sharing Dabbas: How Six Sigma Can Make Charitable Organizations Even Better

Sharing Dabbas: How Six Sigma Can Make Charitable Organizations Even Better

A process that has less than 3.4 errors per million transactions can do more than cut the bottom line for businesses. It can carry on and grow a tradition for over a hundred years. It can also create the opportunity to feed homeless children that don’t even know where they will get their next meal.

Just ask the guys from Harvard Business school completed 23-page case study on the near absence of error in Mumbai’s Dabbawalla lunch delivery system.

The Indian lunch delivery system started over 100 years ago, beginning with just a hundred men in 1890. Today, dabbawallas deliver over 200,000 lunches—or 120 tons of food—everyday, according to the Happy Like Welfare Society. The intricate dabbawalla system is so efficient that Forbes reported that dabbawallas make maybe one mistake out of every 8 million deliveries. In 2010, the Harvard Business School confirmed that this statistic was accurate.

This year, the Happy Life Welfare Society and The Dabbawalla Foundation started a campaign called “Share My Dabba” in which an extra step is inserted into the renowned six sigma system to attempt feed some of the 200 thousand hungry children on the streets of Mumbai. The organization estimates that over 16 tons of dabbas go uneaten everyday, and that this food can go a long way to help feed Mumbai’s hungry. The campaign urges those eating dabbas each day to place a red “Share my dabba” sticker on their tiffin, or “lunchbox” when they have food left over, and the dabbawallas will sort out and reroute the food to the hungry children.

Efficiency not only saves money, but creates the opportunity to improve systems in ways that can change peoples lives for the better. Six sigma efficiency is especially important when resources are limited, which is the case for many programs that exist to assist underserved populations. What if six sigma projects were applied to make sure food distribution agencies in other places in the world were able to get more food to more hungry people with the same amount food resources?

The Share My Dabba Program is pretty new, but if it is effectively integrated into the dabbawalla six sigma-efficient system, it can be a great example for other organizations like it.

Clearly, there is room for six sigma professionals in places far beyond the manufacturing floor.

If you would like to find out how six sigma certification can help your organization make the “doing good” go farther, check out My Six Sigma Trainer’s list of certification and training opportunities!

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$1497

Yellow & Green Belt content is Included
  • Get the IASSC Certification by passing the IASSC Certification Exam [Optional]
  • MOCK CERTIFICATION EXAM [OPTIONAL]
  • Get a feel for the official exam in a similar setting but without a proctor
  • MOCK PROJECT [OPTIONAL]
  • Bring it all together with a Capstone Simulation of a real life Lean Six Sigma Case Study [Mock Project]. Includes deliverables, templates, essay for a simple but complete Lean Six Sigma project that is graded and feedback provided by Certified Master Black Belt Instructors
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  • Can be done in 6 hours per week for 24 weeks or 6 months]. This time includes assigned reading, videos lessons, exercises, quizzes, assignments, comprehensive final exam, practice exam for IASSC certification.
  • Black Belt ...is best suited for senior career professionals or consultants. Black Belts Lead Lean Six Sigma projects full time.
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$997

Yellow Belt content is included
  • Get the IASSC Certification by passing the IASSC Certification Exam [Optional]
  • MOCK CERTIFICATION EXAM [OPTIONAL]
  • Get a feel for the official exam in a similar setting but without a proctor.
  • MOCK PROJECT [OPTIONAL]
  • Bring it all together with a Capstone Simulation of a real life Lean Six Sigma Case Study [Mock Project]. Includes deliverables, templates, essay for a simple but complete Lean Six Sigma project that is graded and feedback provided by Certified Master Black Belt Instructors
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  • Can be done in 5 hours per week for 12 weeks or 3 months]. This time includes assigned reading, videos lessons, exercises, quizzes, assignments, comprehensive final exam, practice exam for IASSC certification.
  • Green Belt ... is best suited for mid career professionals. Green Belts Lead Lean Six Sigma projects part time.
  • Includes Student Manual - Your notes are already done for you!
  • Includes graded exercises and assignments that are submitted with feedback from our Certified Master Black Belt instructors. Plus answers to questions [unlimited] submitted though learning portal.
  • Get the Holbus Training Group Certificate of Completion when you pass our comprehensive open book final. Take as many times as you would like then request your certificate when you are ready.
  • Learn Anywhere! Courses are 100% online & 100% Self Paced.
  • Take as long as you need to complete the course. You have 12 Months access to our E-learning portal.
  • Include Soft Skills Training - Project Management Fundamentals & Top Soft Skills for Leaders
  • Minitab or SigmaXL statistical software is required to complete the course. Trial versions are available at each respective websites.
  • NO PREREQUISITES
  • EXPERIENTIAL GAMIFIED LEARNING
  • PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE

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  • Get the IASSC Certification by passing the IASSC Certification Exam [Optional]
  • MOCK CERTIFICATION EXAM [OPTIONAL]
  • Get a feel for the official exam in a similar setting but without a proctor.
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  • Program Length 21 hours
  • Can be done in 5 hours per week for 4 weeks or 1 month]. This time includes assigned reading, videos lessons, exercises, quizzes, assignments, comprehensive final exam, practice exam for IASSC certification.
  • Yellow Belt ... is best suited for early career (non-exempt/hourly) or executives. Yellow Belts support other Belts or act as project champion.
  • Includes Student Manual - Your notes are already done for you!
  • Includes graded exercises and assignments that are submitted with feedback from our Certified Master Black Belt instructors. Plus answers to questions [unlimited] submitted though learning portal.
  • Get the Holbus Training Group Certificate of Completion when you pass our comprehensive open book final. Take as many times as you would like then request your certificate when you are ready.
  • Learn Anywhere! Courses are 100% online & 100% Self Paced.
  • Take as long as you need to complete the course. You have 12 Months access to our E-learning portal.


  • Minitab or SigmaXL statistical software is required to complete the course. Trial versions are available at each respective websites.​
  • NO PREREQUISITES
  • EXPERIENTIAL GAMIFIED LEARNING
  • PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE

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