I started my enterprise named Hasti based in Dahanu. I trained a few ladies in making handmade newspaper pens. It was a thrilling experience to market products made by hand and ecofriendly. The capacity building of the women along with income generation helped in making the women confident. Initially it was okay but later I experienced pitfalls with respect to maintaining order flow, lack of experience in running an organisation and relocation. I joined eCoexist to fill in these gaps of learning, to use my skills as a designer, actually see how a social enterprise functions, the systems and the practices.
I am strengthening my roots by the learning and experience I get here at eCoexist. My volunteering experiences at the Dharmalya institute in Himachal and at various tribal schools near my hometown gave me deeper insight into their lives. After garnering all the enriching experiences, my plan is to restart my enterprise and then never look back. I wish to create a platform for empowering women socially and financially.
According to me social design is a platform, a means of inclusiveness, supports community engagement and provides human as well as humane touch to design. It promotes positive attitude towards people and their needs. It also influences their needs. I wish to restart on the same principles when I re-launch my enterprise. Moreover I feel the effects of the current third world problems like climate change can be reversed through social design. Social design caters to both humans and the environment.