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3rd January 2018
Dear all,

Wishing you all a Polite New Year!


During the festive season, St. James Academy, Bengaluru, helped identify 35 women street vendors in Lingrajpuram(a low-income suburb in Bengaluru).  After distributing the lights, a session was conducted on how to use the product. St. James Academy also intends to provide basic solar technician to the youth from the area. In the long run, they will help in servicing the lights in case of technical issues and also lead to creation of green employment opportunities.



From the 30th of December till the 2nd of January, I was invited by Adamya Chetana Trust  to present the Polite Diwali Initiative & display the lights during the Seva-Utsav 2018, held at National College grounds, Bengaluru. This event was an ideal platform to crowd source locations of women street vendors who are in need of light. Several visitors shared details of the locations of such vendors and I will be following up with them in the coming week. The advantage of crowdsourcing locations is that a local resident would indirectly be able to monitor the light and foster a sense of accountability with the women street vendor.

Through the crowd sourcing of locations, I have received locations of street vendors in tier-II towns such as Channapatna, Ilkal, Shimoga & Sindhanur. I will share more updates with you once the lights reach the vendors.

Sharing a film by Nagakarthik M.P. The film depicts the story of Saraswathi, a flower vendor in Bengaluru. I got to know of Saraswathi's location through the crowd sourcing campaign and this film was also screened during the Be Fantastic Bengaluru festival by Jaaga in the month of December. 
Thank you very much for your continued support and wishing you all the very best for the year ahead!

For regular updates on the initiative, you can follow @BePolite_City on Twitter.

Best regards,
Aakarsh Shamanur


Dear all,

Wishing you all a Polite New Year!


During the festive season, St. James Academy, Bengaluru, helped identify 35 women street vendors in Lingrajpuram(a low-income suburb in Bengaluru).  After distributing the lights, a session was conducted on how to use the product. St. James Academy also intends to provide basic solar technician to the youth from the area. In the long run, they will help in servicing the lights in case of technical issues and also lead to creation of green employment opportunities.



From the 30th of December till the 2nd of January, I was invited by Adamya Chetana Trust  to present the Polite Diwali Initiative & display the lights during the Seva-Utsav 2018, held at National College grounds, Bengaluru. This event was an ideal platform to crowd source locations of women street vendors who are in need of light. Several visitors shared details of the locations of such vendors and I will be following up with them in the coming week. The advantage of crowdsourcing locations is that a local resident would indirectly be able to monitor the light and foster a sense of accountability with the women street vendor.

Through the crowd sourcing of locations, I have received locations of street vendors in tier-II towns such as Channapatna, Ilkal, Shimoga & Sindhanur. I will share more updates with you once the lights reach the vendors.

Sharing a film by Nagakarthik M.P. The film depicts the story of Saraswathi, a flower vendor in Bengaluru. I got to know of Saraswathi's location through the crowd sourcing campaign and this film was also screened during the Be Fantastic Bengaluru festival by Jaaga in the month of December. 
Thank you very much for your continued support and wishing you all the very best for the year ahead!

For regular updates on the initiative, you can follow @BePolite_City on Twitter.

Best regards,
Aakarsh Shamanur


19th November 2017
Dear all,

I hope this update finds you well.

While distributing the lights, I learnt that some vendors needed a system to support the lighting fixture. To cater to this need, I designed a stand which can be dismantled and carried by the vendor (Image Below). This solution is going to be distributed to 10 different vendors. In a few weeks, I will keep you posted about the feedback. 


At this point of time, several parts of Bengaluru have been covered. If you happen to know any women street vendor who you think will benefit a solar powered light, do get in touch with me. You can send me an image & a WhatsApp Location to +91-9740-699-399 or mail me on aakarsh.shamanur@gmail.com

Wishing you all a great week ahead!

Best Regards,
Aakarsh Shamanur

Dear all,

I hope this update finds you well.

While distributing the lights, I learnt that some vendors needed a system to support the lighting fixture. To cater to this need, I designed a stand which can be dismantled and carried by the vendor (Image Below). This solution is going to be distributed to 10 different vendors. In a few weeks, I will keep you posted about the feedback. 


At this point of time, several parts of Bengaluru have been covered. If you happen to know any women street vendor who you think will benefit a solar powered light, do get in touch with me. You can send me an image & a WhatsApp Location to +91-9740-699-399 or mail me on aakarsh.shamanur@gmail.com

Wishing you all a great week ahead!

Best Regards,
Aakarsh Shamanur

24th October 2017
Dear all,

Last night #PoliteDiwali Campaign raised 3,00,000+ Rupees and I would like to thank you for supporting this initiative. This festive season, the support you have provided will spread light into the lives of 200 Women street vendors. The distribution of lights is in progress and regular updates will follow.

This campaign has been able to raise a large amount in a very short span of time and it shows how instrumental our networks can be when it comes to supporting initiatives that aim to create transformation in the society. Please do continue to support such initiatives in the future and continue to spread the light.

Thank you very much!

Best Regards,
Aakarsh Shamanur
 
Dear all,

Last night #PoliteDiwali Campaign raised 3,00,000+ Rupees and I would like to thank you for supporting this initiative. This festive season, the support you have provided will spread light into the lives of 200 Women street vendors. The distribution of lights is in progress and regular updates will follow.

This campaign has been able to raise a large amount in a very short span of time and it shows how instrumental our networks can be when it comes to supporting initiatives that aim to create transformation in the society. Please do continue to support such initiatives in the future and continue to spread the light.

Thank you very much!

Best Regards,
Aakarsh Shamanur