We began our work in the year 2002, in Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, often called the silk city of India. Behind the looms, we found nimble fingers of children working tirelessly to produce intricate weaves. Children traditionally are a cheap source of labour. Families that had no permanent income sent their children to work as bonded labourers in the weaving industry.
In the early days, we ran evening schools for these children. Our initial focus was on bringing them out of the labour force. To keep the children in school, we extended our vision to include the family – addressing issues of community health, skills development and eventually, job creation. Today, we are a pan-Indian NGO rewriting the story of rural India by alleviating poverty and creating jobs. Our journey has traversed 14 States and seven countries.