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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1st June 2018

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 
Content Disclaimer: The facts and opinions, expressed in this fundraiser page are those of the campaign organiser or users, and not Milaap.
raised of Rs.300,000 goal

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Supporters (141)

Palak donated Rs.102.22
4 months ago

Solar lights for women

Anonymous donated Rs.2,000
7 months ago
Milaap Impact Partner donated Rs.787.50
8 months ago

Matching payment towards Ashita’s contribution

Ashita donated US $50
8 months ago
BigBinary donated Rs.20,000
8 months ago

BigBinary team wishes everyone a happy and safe Diwali.

Anonymous donated US $10
8 months ago