Har dubne wale pe,
sahil ke tamashayi;
afsos to karte hain, imdad nahin karte.
The viewers standing at the bank just lament but don't assist the one
who is sinking.
These small initiatives are real start ups.
Best
Naresh

On 10/14/16, avinash shahi <shahi88avin...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Anindya Chattopadhyay
> TNN | Oct 14, 2016,
> http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/A-startup-where-blind-staffers-help-travellers-see-the-world/articleshow/54843021.cms
> NEW DELHI: Around Diwali last year, corporate trainer Akash Bhardwaj
> was out shopping when he saw a nearly blind woman, with scars on her
> face, selling balloons. She had a small baby . Her husband had
> abandoned her after a neighbour disfigured her face with acid. She had
> also lost her job as a security guard.
> .
>
> .
>  "She asked me, 'Jis aurat ko muh dekh ke nikaal diya, usko kaun
> naukri dega (Who will employ a woman sacked because of a disfigured
> face)?'" says Bhardwaj, 31.
> .
>
> .
>  The encounter became a trigger for Bhardwaj's entrepreneurial
> journey. He launched a travel firm, Khaas, and then a gift-courier
> firm, Khaas Uphaar, both run entirely by visually impaired women. He
> plans to employ four acid-attack survivors in two months. Bhardwaj, a
> consulting corporate trainer and a freelance travel agent, sold his
> bike and wife's jewellery to set up the enterprises six months ago.
> Today, the companies employ five women -Kamlesh, Archana, Dipti, Prema
> and Nirmal -all of them visually impaired.
> .
>
> .
>  All work is done by these women -from making appointments and helping
> with presentations, to closing deals and even accompanying the groups
> on trips, if required.They are also starting to prepare and courier
> gift items.
>
>  The women operate their PCs with the help of JAWS (job access with
> speech), a software that helps visually impaired people read. They
> have also begun using smartphones and, in the past month, have
> confirmed 20-25 appointments and finalised two tours. One of the
> employees, Archana, 34, has a masters in home science. She lost her
> vision due to medical negligence during a brain tumour operation when
> she was 23. Kamlesh, another staffer, is a post-graduate in political
> science from Jamia University. Among the other employees, Prema is
> studying in BA third year from DU's School of Open Learning. Dipti is
> a postgraduate in political science while Nirmal, 33, is a widow and a
> mother of an eight-yearold girl. All the women say they enjoy coming
> to the office, working together, meet ing new people and chatting
> about various issues. Some of them stay in hostels because their
> families live elsewhere.
>
> .
>
> .
>  "We have a very small office on the fourth floor of a building in
> Laxmi Nagar, east Delhi. Since it's difficult for the visually
> impaired girls to go up and down the stairs, we are looking for a
> larger space on the ground floor," says Bhardwaj, adding that he was
> also looking for funds to purchase equipment for his staff
> --
> Avinash Shahi
> Doctoral student at Centre for Law and Governance JNU
>
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