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An initiative to assist girls with disabilities take step one in the direction of entrepreneurship 

An initiative to assist girls with disabilities take step one in the direction of entrepreneurship 

For most girls, sure saris maintain sentimental worth and should saved safely within the closet. How about giving these gently used saris a brand new life?

Two high-school college students, a style entrepreneur, a paediatrician and an expert from the U.S. have collaborated to provoke a social venture known as ‘Saree Tales’. Saris donated by folks shall be sorted out for 2 functions – both to be despatched to Higher World, a shelter for girls with disabilities, in Royapettah, to upcycle them into potli baggage as a part of an entrepreneurship and livelihood initiative; or to be given to underprivileged communities.

It began in 2017. Priya V and Aiswarya Rao, two childhood pals, began ‘Saree for Naree’, an initiative the place they encourage members of the Indian diaspora communities to provide away their well-maintained saris to underprivileged girls.

Priya, who’s from Chennai and is residing in the US now, would ship them by pals visiting India or ship them to Aiswarya who in flip would establish deserving folks that they are often gifted to.

Getting high-quality saris was by no means a problem.

“We used to share pictures of the beneficiary carrying the elegant sari and that gave a way of closure to lots of my pals in New Jersey as they knew the saris have been being put to good use,” says Priya.

She says this isn’t a clothes drive as they solely collected sarees that have been actually good and a whole lot of considering went into figuring out essentially the most deserving beneficiaries. “We had a well-wisher half with 250 Kancheepuram saris after their mom handed away and so they have been nearly as good as new. Equally, one other gentleman gave away his mom’s sari after he was satisfied that it will likely be not be upcycled for every other functions,” says Priya.

New customs obligation and COVID did decelerate Saree for Naree’s drive. “We might have gifted greater than 400 saris up to now,” provides Priya.

With ‘Saree Tales’, the drive has received a recent lease of life. Ananthi Vivek and Shloka Sriram, highschool college students from Chennai and Singapore respectively who’re eager on empowering girls, are main the drive by getting folks to donate saris. The workforce is searching for gently-used saris from Chennai in addition to from Singapore. Shloka had earlier raised funds to assist Higher World to provide masks on the peak of the pandemic.

“We might even be advertising and marketing these merchandise for the ladies,” says Ananthi, a scholar of KC Excessive Worldwide Faculty.

Ananthi and Shloka have been instrumental in roping in Arya Giri by their frequent curiosity in dance and approached her to design the potli baggage. Arya and her workforce could be coaching the ladies on the shelter in design necessities.

Priya insists they are going to proceed to observe the identical benchmark whereas amassing the saris. “If the sari doesn’t meet the usual, please don’t thoughts as we’ll return them,” provides Priya.

To donate saris, e-mail [email protected] or go to

A startup run by girls with disabilities

Residents of this Larger Chennai Company’s shelter for girls with disabilities have as soon as once more raised their bar. Their newest enterprise – STOREAD – the place they sew potli baggage from their centre at Royapettah is definitely their first step in the direction of entrepreneurship.

Through the pandemic, they collaborated in the direction of making a face masks. When the demand for masks slowed down, they drove Company’s COVID consciousness programmes. Later, they launched a cultural troupe that highlighted social points by theatre and music. The centre additionally received a grant from the State Commissionerate for the Welfare of the In another way-Abled sanctioned whereby the unit members prepare different girls.

Paediatrician Aiswarya Rao, director of Higher World, says STOREAD is a registered, not-for-profit firm that shall be run and managed by the ladies from the centre. “They just lately received their GST quantity,” says Dr Aiswarya.

Three girls — Matilda Foneca, Kala Selvi and Sujatha Ok — are the administrators of the agency. Of the 50 plus residents on the centre — a majority of the ladies are homeless or are from deprived sections of society with completely different disabilities — 12 are a part of the “thread schooling”.

“As a workforce we wished to pursue this line of cloth and thread and that’s the reason you see them transferring on this path,” says Dr Aiswarya, including that the masks venture was extra of a coaching floor. “Now they’re assured in utilizing the machine.”

Revenue made by STORED shall be used to coach others, and the ladies can even earn a wage. Dr Aiswarya says advertising and marketing these merchandise is an enormous problem and that’s the place the collaboration with a younger workforce will assist promote their work.


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