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posted on Friday, September 18th, 2020
by Vandana Shah
Story 7- Maanvizhi: Women’s Struggles and Resilience during the Covid-19 Pandemic Series

Kozhukattai is a traditional Tamil preparation, a steamed rice dumpling with stuffing. A Tamil modak if you will. Maanvizhi took a loan from Sharana’s Social Entrepreneurship Programme to enhance her business that made traditional Tamil eateries. She makes Kozhukattai with Sago and Ragi too in addition to white channa sundal”boiled and tempered chickpeas” and samosas…. Read more »

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Posted on Friday, September 18th, 2020
by Vandana Shah
posted on Monday, September 14th, 2020
by Vandana Shah
Story 6-Sumathi: Women’s Struggles and Resilience during the Covid-19 Pandemic Series

The petty shop round the corner, especially in these days where one would prefer to avoid crowded markets are a boon to neighbourhoods. Maybe it is a good time to pause and be grateful to the shop owners who venture into the wholesale markets no matter how menacing the “curve”. Sumathi, of Solai Nagar is… Read more »

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Posted on Monday, September 14th, 2020
by Vandana Shah
posted on Thursday, September 10th, 2020
by Vandana Shah
Story 5-Sarita: Women’s Struggles and Resilience during the Covid-19 Pandemic Series

With the “Unlock” measures just announced Sarita is finally scheduling trips to Chidambaram and Chennai to stock up on sarees to resume her business of selling them to her customers from her home on a monthly instalment basis. Since the lockdown she has struggled to feed her family. photo taken in August 2020 Her husband… Read more »

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Posted on Thursday, September 10th, 2020
by Vandana Shah
posted on Monday, September 7th, 2020
by Vandana Shah
Story 4- Kanagavalli: Women’s Struggles and Resilience during the Covid-19 Pandemic Series

Social workers at Sharana met Kanagavalli 3 years ago during an outreach in the Vanrapet Slum of Pondicherry. photo taken in August 2020 At the time she had three small children,

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Posted on Monday, September 7th, 2020
by Vandana Shah
posted on Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
by Vandana Shah
Story 3- Albert Rani: Women’s Struggles and Resilience during the Covid-19 Pandemic Series

Albert Rani married when she was barely a teen. Today she is 29 years old and has three children. Five years back, in order to supplement the family income, she used to sell milk packets and yoghurt she used to set in small glasses.

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Posted on Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
by Vandana Shah
posted on Tuesday, September 1st, 2020
by Vandana Shah
Sharana continues to address Food and Nutrition needs in communities amid Covid-19

Children’s Food and Nutrition remains a major concern in several communities Sharana works in. Before Covid-19, while most children used to have at least one meal at Sharana every day, the younger children used to have two meals and a snack at our centre. To address the lack of Food and Nutrition of families we… Read more »

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Posted on Tuesday, September 1st, 2020
by Vandana Shah
posted on Tuesday, August 25th, 2020
by Vandana Shah
Sharana holds five-day “Women’s Mental Health Awareness Campaign: Towards a Sound Mind” for Women Social Entrepreneurs

Sharana held a five-day “Women’s Mental Health Awareness Campaign: Towards a Sound Mind” for our Women Social Entrepreneurs from the 19th to the 25th of August. This was Sharana’s initiative to raise awareness about the Mental Health of women and support the same.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 25th, 2020
by Vandana Shah
posted on Monday, August 10th, 2020
by Vandana Shah
Story 2- Sumati: Women’s Struggles and Resilience during the Covid-19 Pandemic Series

Sumati has a god gifted talent. She can etch your name on a grain of Basmati Rice. photo was taken in January 2020, pre-covid A few months back

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Posted on Monday, August 10th, 2020
by Vandana Shah
posted on Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
by Vandana Shah
Story 1- Mary: Women’s Struggles and Resilience during the Covid-19 Pandemic Series

Mary wakes up at five in the morning. She wears her face mask and she goes to the Pondicherry wholesale fruit market.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
by Vandana Shah
posted on Thursday, July 30th, 2020
by Vandana Shah
Preamble- Stories of Women’s Struggles and Resilience during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Sharana’s Social Entrepreneurship Programme, has opened our eyes to the ease of life we can bring about by giving our beneficiaries a small loan to help them set up businesses. In the last two years, our interventions have meant that in some deserving households there’s more food on the table, there’s more frequent food on… Read more »

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Posted on Thursday, July 30th, 2020
by Vandana Shah
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