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.

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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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Campaign Coverage in Prajavani (a leading Kannada daily) 2nd Oct '17
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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

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