Let's Be Po-Lite This Diwali - Help Me Empower Women Street Vendors


Thank you for your interest in my fundraiser. This festive season, I want to help 200 women entrepreneurs in Bangalore city. These are women with whom you and I interact with on a daily basis. Yet, their voices and needs are largely unnoticed in the planning and development mechanisms of big cities like Bangalore. 

During the year's festive season, I hope to facilitate better working conditions for these champion women street vendors  in Bangalore. These women toil all day and night in order to bring us the freshest vegetables, flowers and many other daily essentials. This will only be possible with your support.

I have been interacting with Bengaluru Jilla Beedhi Vyaapari Sanghatanegala Okkuta (Federation of Street Vendor Unions in Bangalore District) to shortlist 200 women street vendors. Together, with your support I hope to provide them with solar lighting systems for their carts. This will ensure that they have clean and green lighting along with facilities like mobile charging. Further more, it will enhance productivity and bring transformation in their lives. 

Each of these Portable Light(Po-Lite) systems have been designed by me, taking inputs from the street vendors themselves. 

For 1500 INR / 25$ you can empower one woman entrepreneur. 

For 3000 INR / 50$ you can empower two women entrepreneurs.

For 4500 INR / 75$ you can empower three women entrepreneurs.

Please join me during this festive season to help bring a smile on their faces by contributing to my campaign and also help me spread the word around. 

Remember, if you empower a woman, you also empower her family. 

Thank you, 
Aakarsh Shamanur.

Spread the light on   Facebook: Be Po-Lite    Twitter: @BePolite_City  #PoliteDiwali
Campaign Coverage in Prajavani (a leading Kannada daily) 2nd Oct '17
Campaign Coverage in Prajavani (a leading Kannada daily) 2nd Oct '17
Social Media Mentions
Social Media Mentions
Campaign Coverage in The Hindu, Bengaluru Edition on 26th Oct '17
Campaign Coverage in The Hindu, Bengaluru Edition on 26th Oct '17
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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

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Palak donated Rs.102.22
3 months ago

Solar lights for women

Anonymous donated Rs.2,000
6 months ago
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7 months ago

Matching payment towards Ashita’s contribution

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7 months ago
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7 months ago

BigBinary team wishes everyone a happy and safe Diwali.

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