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Himalayan youth take stand against plastic

Champawat is a beautiful remote town in Uttarakhand situated close to the Nepal border. Sadly, plastic is destroying our little village Kaflang, close to town.
Hi! My name is Govind Mahar. I intern with a local community group called Haijalo. In a recent clean up drive, we found a lot of old discarded clothes and polythene bags. So I, along with my friends have decided to collect old clothes from houses in the neighboring villages, wash them clean and give them to local tailors to stitch into carrying bags. We will then distribute these in all the grocery shops in the area and talk to the customers to re-use the cloth bags instead of plastic bags. Wow! That's a lot of work for a 16 year old!


We have estimated the project cost to be at Rs 32 per cloth bag and aiming to make 1000 such bags by the end of October, 2020. We will pay local tailors to transform the discarded clothes into strong, functional carry bags. The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in several of our neighbors returning from cities after having lost their jobs. In our little way, we hope to provide income relief by encouraging hand stitched bags by those who don't own sewing machines. 

If you could fund us, we might be able to change people's relationship with plastic and keep Champawat clean.

Total Project Cost = Rs 32,000
Tailoring of cloth bags = Rs 25 per piece x 1000 = Rs 25,000
Miscellaneous (Cord, washing powder, thread, transport) = Rs 7,000

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18th October 2020
Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for your contributions and support! 

The cloth collection is complete. We have washed most of the old clothes and started giving them to tailors. I'm proud to share that Haijalo is now at 414 ready bags! We've used over Rs.10,000 of the funds collected this far. Check this out!


We are trying not to waste any of the cloth, therefore ... tadaaaaaa ... presenting the 'Anda bag', stitched from the sleeves of winter jackets, perfect for Pahadi children to carry home eggs without turning them into omelettes.


My friends and I wanted to reach more people in need of a little income, so we walked to nearby villages and have registered four more tailors.

We need only Rs.10041/- to reach our target. If each of our donors shares this crowdfund with just one person who supports, we can get bags stitched by the new tailors too.

This is the coolest, most awesome thing I've done since the lockdown began. Thank you for making it possible dear friend!!
Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for your contributions and support! 

The cloth collection is complete. We have washed most of the old clothes and started giving them to tailors. I'm proud to share that Haijalo is now at 414 ready bags! We've used over Rs.10,000 of the funds collected this far. Check this out!


We are trying not to waste any of the cloth, therefore ... tadaaaaaa ... presenting the 'Anda bag', stitched from the sleeves of winter jackets, perfect for Pahadi children to carry home eggs without turning them into omelettes.


My friends and I wanted to reach more people in need of a little income, so we walked to nearby villages and have registered four more tailors.

We need only Rs.10041/- to reach our target. If each of our donors shares this crowdfund with just one person who supports, we can get bags stitched by the new tailors too.

This is the coolest, most awesome thing I've done since the lockdown began. Thank you for making it possible dear friend!!
11th October 2020
Dear Supporters,

Old cloth collection has started and over 12 volunteers between 12 and 19 years of age are going door-to-door covering 6 villages! We thank all of you who have supported us and shared our story. We hope we will be able to reach our funding goal and make this project a roaring success!

Thank You.
Dear Supporters,

Old cloth collection has started and over 12 volunteers between 12 and 19 years of age are going door-to-door covering 6 villages! We thank all of you who have supported us and shared our story. We hope we will be able to reach our funding goal and make this project a roaring success!

Thank You.
Rs.25,584 raised

Goal: Rs.32,000

12 Days to go

Beneficiary: Haijalo info_outline

Supporters (16)

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Dhruv donated $50

Great initiative Ruth and all the lovely people Haijalo! Awesome to see the training and exposure young volunteers of Champawat are getting. :)

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Ani donated Rs.5,000
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Aswini donated C$40

Very inspired. Good luck!

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Maria donated Rs.2,000

Wonderful initiative, Haijalo! Have fun while doing this great work :)

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Anonymous donated Rs.202
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Anonymous donated Rs.500