Social Entrepreneurship: Starting...
UnLtd Delhi welcomed Four new fellows to the cohort last month. Check out their profiles below to know more about the exciting work they are doing-
Ankit Agarwal, Co-founder HelpUsGreen
HelpUsGreen® is preserving River Ganges from becoming a religious sewer by flowercycling® the waste from temples and mosques into patented lifestyle products providing livelihoods to 1200 rural families. The HelpUsGreen team collects floral waste from the temples in Uttar Pardesh, India thus preventing 7600 Kgs waste flowers and 97 Kgs toxic chemicals from getting into the river daily. The waste is handcrafted by rural women Self help groups into patented organic fertilizer and incense sticks. The project is self-sustaining and brings a hope to revive Ganges. Ankit cofounded the company with Karan Rastogi in December, 2014. Both of them gave up their stable jobs to start this noble and innovative venture. Till date they have flowercycled 3350,000 kgs of flower waste into organic products.
Neha Arora, Founder Planet Abled
Planet-Abled’s focus is to provide accessible travel solutions and leisure excursions for people with disabilities. We customise tours according to the different ability of the traveller so that they are fully able to enjoy and experience the new place and culture. As per the census held in 2011, 2.21% of the Indian population suffers from some disability. This number increased by 22.4% between 2001 and 2011, and yet there is a huge lack of sensitization towards the differently-abled. This disregard for the disabled is not just confined to lack of facilities, such as wheelchairs and ramps and special toilets. Awareness about special needs is highly compromised in India and the differently-abled find it difficult to be accepted as a part of society. Born to a visually challenged father and orthopedically challenged mother, Neha Arora grew up seeing her parents face these struggles on a daily basis. It is this realization that led her to set up Planet Abled in January 2016 after leaving her cushy job at Adobe.
PlanetAbled has already conducted Group Heritage Tours to different heritage sites, Food Tours, Special Festival Tours, Pottery Workshops, Poetry & Karaoke Sessions, Exclusive one hour Entertainment Ride in the Rapid Metro for people with disabilities, Custom tours to Agra.
Raheela Saleem Narchoor, Founder Centre for Human Development
Centre for Human Developmen
CHD is helping Kashmiri women grow chillies in their farms. They have created groups of women at the village level and is imparting training to these women. The chillies grown by women is processed into Chilli powder by CHD under their brand name Geo and is sold into the market by the women farmers themselves. The idea is to cut down the margin of distributors and help the women supplement their family income. The brand Geo is wholly owned by these women. Before CHD’s initiative, these women were rarely involved in agri-business in a commercial way. CHD is also mentoring women to set up their own enterprises for greater visibility in business.