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


Hello,

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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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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21st October 2018
Hello!

Hope this message finds you well.

I would like to thank you for lighting up the lives of 200 women street vendors across Karnataka last Diwali. 141 donors were instrumental for this impactful gesture, it is purely because of your support that this campaign was made possible.

This year I intend to reach out to vendors across India and you access the campaign page by clicking on Polite Diwali 2018. Please do spread the light by sharing the link in your networks and do continue your support. You can watch the video below. 
In this final update, I have included a summary of all the learnings & challenges faced during the campaign.

The break down of the funds raised & consolidated expenses is given below:


The process of Light distribution is depicted in the graphic below:


Some of the benefits the Solar powered light provided vendors are listed below:
  1. Safer Working Environments 
  2. Improved levels of trust 
  3. Longer working hours
  4. Increase in income levels
Further more, through the manufacturer of the lights trained two technicians who can service these lights incase of damage. Currently, only Bengaluru & Davanagere have an active service mechanism in place.

The challenges faced during the campaign were:
1. Identifying genuine vendors as beneficiary: In response to this issue, I started handing over the lights to women vendors through only reference.
2. Transitory & Seasonal nature of Street Vending: Since several vendors migrate from rural areas to urban centres in search of better livelihood opportunities, several of them eventually want to move into a shop or a more secure job in other sectors. Hence, it was difficult to monitor the usage of the light with a few vendors. Also, since street vending is seasonal for some, they would use the light back in their village or give the light to their children during the exams.
3. Data collection: In the process of collecting basic socio-economic data of the vendors, it was challenging to document intangible outcomes of using a solar powered light.
4. Servicing vendors in Rural areas: In case of repairs, the logistics of servicing a light has been an uphill task. In the upcoming campaign, I intend to address this issue through DIY repair videos on youtube and usage of commonly available spare parts.

The data collection & visualisation was made possible with inputs from QuantW- a data collection platform, WhiteSpace 35- a studio which is focussed on data visualisation and the vendor location map was prepared by Shravan Shah, who is a Cartographer.

Since many vendors could not read & write, a visual instruction manual was prepared to convey the Do’s & Don’ts. This was done in collaboration with Sridhar Comaravalli, a Bengaluru based Cartoonist.

To conclude, I would like to thank you once again for your continued support. This Diwali, through your support I intend to reach out to 500 Women Street Vendors across India and I am sure that we will make it happen.  Please follow the campaign by clicking here.

Wishing you the very best of the festive season!

Warm Regards,
Aakarsh Shamanur

Twitter & Instagram: @BePolite_City
Facebook: @Bepolite.City
#BePolite #PoliteDiwali


Hello!

Hope this message finds you well.

I would like to thank you for lighting up the lives of 200 women street vendors across Karnataka last Diwali. 141 donors were instrumental for this impactful gesture, it is purely because of your support that this campaign was made possible.

This year I intend to reach out to vendors across India and you access the campaign page by clicking on Polite Diwali 2018. Please do spread the light by sharing the link in your networks and do continue your support. You can watch the video below. 
In this final update, I have included a summary of all the learnings & challenges faced during the campaign.

The break down of the funds raised & consolidated expenses is given below:


The process of Light distribution is depicted in the graphic below:


Some of the benefits the Solar powered light provided vendors are listed below:
  1. Safer Working Environments 
  2. Improved levels of trust 
  3. Longer working hours
  4. Increase in income levels
Further more, through the manufacturer of the lights trained two technicians who can service these lights incase of damage. Currently, only Bengaluru & Davanagere have an active service mechanism in place.

The challenges faced during the campaign were:
1. Identifying genuine vendors as beneficiary: In response to this issue, I started handing over the lights to women vendors through only reference.
2. Transitory & Seasonal nature of Street Vending: Since several vendors migrate from rural areas to urban centres in search of better livelihood opportunities, several of them eventually want to move into a shop or a more secure job in other sectors. Hence, it was difficult to monitor the usage of the light with a few vendors. Also, since street vending is seasonal for some, they would use the light back in their village or give the light to their children during the exams.
3. Data collection: In the process of collecting basic socio-economic data of the vendors, it was challenging to document intangible outcomes of using a solar powered light.
4. Servicing vendors in Rural areas: In case of repairs, the logistics of servicing a light has been an uphill task. In the upcoming campaign, I intend to address this issue through DIY repair videos on youtube and usage of commonly available spare parts.

The data collection & visualisation was made possible with inputs from QuantW- a data collection platform, WhiteSpace 35- a studio which is focussed on data visualisation and the vendor location map was prepared by Shravan Shah, who is a Cartographer.

Since many vendors could not read & write, a visual instruction manual was prepared to convey the Do’s & Don’ts. This was done in collaboration with Sridhar Comaravalli, a Bengaluru based Cartoonist.

To conclude, I would like to thank you once again for your continued support. This Diwali, through your support I intend to reach out to 500 Women Street Vendors across India and I am sure that we will make it happen.  Please follow the campaign by clicking here.

Wishing you the very best of the festive season!

Warm Regards,
Aakarsh Shamanur

Twitter & Instagram: @BePolite_City
Facebook: @Bepolite.City
#BePolite #PoliteDiwali


14th September 2018
Dear all,

Hope this message finds you well. Wishing you all the very best of the festive season.

I would like to share the Polite Diwali Map with you all. This map was created with the intent to show you all the exact locations of the Women Street Vendors who are using the Solar Powered light. This map was created with assistance from Shravan Shah, a Cartographer based in The Netherlands. 

You can also Click Here to view the map.

When you open the map, if you click on the location pin, you can find the Name of the Street Vendor, her photograph and code. Please do note that in Hubballi & Bengaluru(St. James Academy), the lights were distributed at a small event, hence you will find a group image with all the names. Do share your thoughts about this map via email bepolite.city@gmail.com or Tweet @BePolite_City

As I start to plan Polite Diwali this year, in the coming days I will share the final update which will describe the entire process followed to distribute the lights, challenges & all the learnings with you all. This would also help you start a similar campaign in your city and I would love to help light up the lives of street vendors in your city. 

Warm regards,
Aakarsh Shamanur
Dear all,

Hope this message finds you well. Wishing you all the very best of the festive season.

I would like to share the Polite Diwali Map with you all. This map was created with the intent to show you all the exact locations of the Women Street Vendors who are using the Solar Powered light. This map was created with assistance from Shravan Shah, a Cartographer based in The Netherlands. 

You can also Click Here to view the map.

When you open the map, if you click on the location pin, you can find the Name of the Street Vendor, her photograph and code. Please do note that in Hubballi & Bengaluru(St. James Academy), the lights were distributed at a small event, hence you will find a group image with all the names. Do share your thoughts about this map via email bepolite.city@gmail.com or Tweet @BePolite_City

As I start to plan Polite Diwali this year, in the coming days I will share the final update which will describe the entire process followed to distribute the lights, challenges & all the learnings with you all. This would also help you start a similar campaign in your city and I would love to help light up the lives of street vendors in your city. 

Warm regards,
Aakarsh Shamanur
1st June 2018
Hello!

Hope this message finds you well.

Through the campaign, I have realised several vendors are not using the Solar Powered Light in an optimal way. In response to this, I decided to share a list of Do's & Don'ts with the vendors, but since several of them could not read & write, I thought that a Visual Instruction Manual would be the ideal way to convey the message.

I connected with Sridhar Comaravalli, a Freelance Cartoonist and I provided the framework for the visuals of the Do's & Don'ts. It was very critical to depict the context of a street vendor in the illustrations and the "Indianess" is quite evident. The credit goes to the cartoonist for bringing out the visual quality of a street vendor.

Below is an image of the Visual Instruction Manual,


The individual images can be viewed on the BePolite.City Facebook Page, please feel free to give feedback.

Further more, out of the 200 Lights that were meant to be given away to Women Street Vendors, 191 Solar Powered Lights have been given away.

I will share all the Locations & Images of the vendors with you all shortly.

For more updates, please follow the campaign @BePolite_City on Twitter & Instagram.

Have a great weekend! 

Best Regards,
Aakarsh Shamanur 
Hello!

Hope this message finds you well.

Through the campaign, I have realised several vendors are not using the Solar Powered Light in an optimal way. In response to this, I decided to share a list of Do's & Don'ts with the vendors, but since several of them could not read & write, I thought that a Visual Instruction Manual would be the ideal way to convey the message.

I connected with Sridhar Comaravalli, a Freelance Cartoonist and I provided the framework for the visuals of the Do's & Don'ts. It was very critical to depict the context of a street vendor in the illustrations and the "Indianess" is quite evident. The credit goes to the cartoonist for bringing out the visual quality of a street vendor.

Below is an image of the Visual Instruction Manual,


The individual images can be viewed on the BePolite.City Facebook Page, please feel free to give feedback.

Further more, out of the 200 Lights that were meant to be given away to Women Street Vendors, 191 Solar Powered Lights have been given away.

I will share all the Locations & Images of the vendors with you all shortly.

For more updates, please follow the campaign @BePolite_City on Twitter & Instagram.

Have a great weekend! 

Best Regards,
Aakarsh Shamanur 
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Rs.301,548
raised of Rs.300,000 goal

141 Supporters

Beneficiary: Women Street Ve... info_outline

Supporters (141)

PJ
Palak donated Rs.102.22

Solar lights for women

A
Anonymous donated Rs.2,000
MI
Milaap Impact Partner donated Rs.787.50

Matching payment towards Ashita’s contribution

Ashita
Ashita donated US $50
B
BigBinary donated Rs.20,000

BigBinary team wishes everyone a happy and safe Diwali.

A
Abhinav donated US $10