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Today we are back with an absolutely fascinating story on women and their collective power being harnessed through …. Sahachari! Sahachari is a Sanskrit word that literally translates into ‘Women Walking Together’ and is a wonderful initiative launched by an all-women group to empower and boost societal responsibility across the board. I had the privilege of speaking with Brinda Khatau and Madhu Ruia, two of the founders of the Sahachari foundation, who shared their intrinsic vision for the organization and its altruistic impact. The foundation has been key in launching Design One, a high-profile, annual fundraising event that draws on the creativity of talented Indian designers and their luxury collection. Launched in 2009, Dubai once again had the pleasure of hosting Design One this year, over a 2 day shopping extravaganza at the prestigious Jumeirah Emirates Towers.
Drawing from India’s national award winning design lexicons, Design One captured the spirit that defines the lifestyle of the contemporary global woman. Their collection offered an eclectic product-mix of fashion wear, jewellery, couture accessories and home décor. Some of the participants were dedicated to reviving the declining textile industry, screen printing and Indian craftsmanship.
Some thoughts from Design One’s participants:
Mandalay – Binaifer Havaldar Antia
Year after year, Design One serves as an excellent platform for our company, providing us excellent brand exposure and huge visibility. Their events encourage us to constantly innovate and refresh our product line in order to keep bringing their show and its attendees something new every season. Every year, we are pleasantly surprised with a large spectrum of new clientele and continuous growth partly as a result of being a part of Design One.
ZSN – Zehra Noorani
After launching a small collection of lounge kurtas under my own label, I was invited to showcase my work at Design One. Ever since then, each exhibition has given me the opportunity to truly hone my entrepreneurial skills and creativity. Even though Design One pushes me hard, the fruits of my labor are sweet. This process stimulates me and pushes the limits of my creativity and design; with as wide a cultural base as India, developing new permutations and combinations of colours, fabrics and designs makes my passion come alive. I am grateful to Design One for giving me the encouragement guidance and support.
Sanjay works directly with weavers and gives handloom fabrics a modern ‘avataar’ that widens their appeal for younger users. A transformation was achieved not only in colours and booti-s, but also in the drapability of the fabric. He earlier worked out of his design studio in Delhi, but now operates out of a farm-house / boutique, which is a sought-after destination shopping space.
Sahachari’s is all about creating an inclusive society that brings about awareness and change towards community development, education, healthcare while also preserving different forms of art and culture. They constantly reach out to the lesser privileged in an effort to alleviate future generations out of poverty. Some of the NGOs that Sahachari supports include:
- Apne Aap Women’s Collective: They provide education and shelter for the daughters of women in prostitution, to protect and help alleviate the next generation out of poverty. Girls here are provided with meals, tuition and vocational training.
- BSPCA: This Bombay society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, treats over 10,000 animals annually and looks after 300-400 inpatients. New projects include Cardiac Centers, Intensive Care Units, Blood Banks, Animal Birth Control Center, Electric creamatorium and a shelter for destitute animals.
- Victoria Memorial School for the Blind: This is a charitable institution dedicated to the education and rehabilitation of the blind. They offer free education to children with visual impairment and cater to their physical and psychological needs.
- St. Jude India Childcare Centers: They provide a safe environment for children to recuperate after treatment from chronic diseases. They also provide counsel for their immediate family during this traumatic time.
- Muktangan: Muktangan is a pioneering educational programme with an innovative model, working in close partnership with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and a number of NGOs across the country. They provide high-quality, affordable English education to 1800 economically-depressed children, and 300 children are welcomed annually across 7 Municipal Schools in Mumbai.
- Aashray: Provides a home where senior citizens can live their lives in dignity.
- Aangan: Helps over 20,000 girls from economically depressed backgrounds by giving them vocational training and livelihood opportunities.
- Kherwadi: Provides vocational training to school drop-outs thereby improving the quality of their lives.
- SOS Children’s Villages: They rear orphans in a family environment and provide them with education, medical facilities, vocational training and livelihood opportunities.
- Nanhi Kali: Educates girls from under-privileged communities.
- Sakha Cabs: Cab service that train women-drivers and cater to women commuters, ensuring their safety.
- Jaipur Foot project promoted by BMVSS: Rehabilitates the disabled by providing artificial limbs (Jaipur Foot variations), calipers and other aids and appliances, all of which are free of charge
- Life Trust: Partners the public school system, and improves the quality of education in 12 municipal schools through creative programmes
- Naam Foundation: Works for the betterment of farmers in drought-prone areas of Marathwada and Vidarbha and provides gainful employment to youth in villages facing drought.
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