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Khaas Travels : Creating opportunities for the marginalized 

India’s first travel company run by blind women. Khaas manager and founder, Akash Bhardwaj aims at training and employing more blind women, acid attack survivors, HIV positive people, in turn bringing the marginalized into the mainstream and creating a successful business model. Khaas has five blind women who have undergone training using JAWS 
(Job Access With Speech), a screen reader software. They successfully and happily manage all the in-house operations at Khaas.

About Akash
Akash has over 12 years of experience in HR & Training and has also worked as a  freelance travel agent. Using his own funds he started Khaas in April, 2016 with a view to provide a platform for marginalized people. He is training them further to meet clients and give presentations. He believes in imparting skills and providing them with tools to become self-reliant.

How Akash got the idea:
Akash Bhardwaj is the founder and manager of Khaas (special in Hindi). Using his own funds he started Khaas in April, 2016 with a view to provide a platform for marginalized people. The idea for India’s first travel company run by the blind and acid attack survivors struck him when one day at the market he met a lady, an acid attack survivor, selling balloons. He was surprised by how well spoken and what a good saleswoman she was. After the acid attack, her employer had shown the door to her and her husband abandoned her. Having been a corporate trainer himself, he could see that she was full of potential and was inspired to do something about it. For him acid attack survivors, HIV positive people and visually impaired people do not need sympathy, rather they simply require training and a workspace where they are not treated differently. Thus, Khaas was born.

The Obstacles :

- Due to logistics Akash manages to meet and close only two leads out of ten with clients on an average day.

- The current office space is not disabled friendly i.e. it is extremely small and located on the fourth floor in a congested area.

- More staff and lesser computers. Essential softwares like JAWS are expensive still are a must for the girls to be able to use any screen devices.

How your money will be utilized :

- Khaas will hire more employees and train them. Apart from blind people, acid attack survivors and HIV positive people who will assist Akash in closing more deals, thus generating more income.

- A disabled friendly office space for a staff of 30-40 people.

- Computers( laptop), phones, uniforms and essential software’s for the staff of Khaas.

- A lady driver and a second hand car to make travel convenient for our blind employees.

we have featured on above 50 media platform and also Received KARMAVEER CHAKRA from REX & ICONGO UNITED NATION 

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20th May 2017
Dear Supporters,

I am Radhika Aggarwal, a Fellow with Milaap. I have a really positive news to share with you all!

Your increasing support had motivated Akash, the founder of Khaas, to hunt for a new office which would provide a comfortable environment to his employees. With great contentment, he informed us that he successfully found a new space in Laxmi Nagar which he booked last month by paying a deposit of 67000 rupees. The rent per month will be 11000 rupees.

He devoted ample time in planning the structure of the office. “I wanted to provide an environment which is convenient for the employees. Instead of having tables and chairs, I arranged wooden settees and mattresses on a carpet flooring. Also, I have positioned an induction stove. The girls won’t have to order tea from outside,” said Akash. “The biggest plus is that unlike the previous office, the current space has an attached washroom,” he added.
Here are a few pictures of the new office:

Where there was one rented computer, he has now bought personal laptops for every employee. He even set up an LCD in office to educate the girls. “For an hour in the morning, I would want the girls to hear the news. In the evening, I will set a travel channel listening to which the girls will enhance their knowledge about several places,” said Akash.

The office is located on the main road in a commercial complex. Safety, which remained a major concern, is no longer an issue now. The gate is protected by a shutter which can be locked by the employees using a password. Also, Akash has invested 2-3 lakhs in CCTV installation.

Another great news is that Khaas has two new joinees, Anne and Ritu. A big thank you to all you donors for your overwhelming contribution. This growth would not have been possible without your support!!

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