Angela and The Lila Project!!!!!!!!!!!

We have always introduced our Best Associate of Month before hand or at least in the recognition post.  But, we haven’t done that for our Best Associate of September 2015. The reason being that their noble work deserves a separate post.

Our Best Associate Angela is the brain behind the “The Lila Project”. These folks are just starting out.

They started this project by carrying products from an enterprise named “I Love Syria”. A wonderful and compassionate woman named Rania Kinge started “I Love Syria” and through this venture she trains displaced women ( women who have lost their husbands and homes ) in weaving, jewelry making. And these women create most exquisite items using lovely stones, precious metals, and also beautiful woven bags. The most important aspect is that these women make efforts to keep ancient and traditional crafts alive, and also empowering them to help others.

Basically, thats the small gist of “The Lila Project”. You can Facebook them over HERE

In Angela’s words – “”The Lila Project”, recognizes the disparity between those living under conditions of war, or whatever the extreme circumstances may be. We pay up-front the entire amount for the purchase from wholesalers or retailers. Hence, new resources can be purchased easily. The Lila Project is not in it for the money, as all our profits just go into ensuring more products are made, thereby providing a continual flow of income for the ladies. Also staying in the place of their ancestors is very important, so we don’t see tragic migration, and desperation.”

To close off, You can Facebook them over HERE

Best Associate of September 2015!!!!!!!!!!!

Conserve India is really honored to share the name of “Best Associate of September 2015 – “Ms. Angela – The Lila Project ””

We like to thank Ms. Angela for her valuable contribution to Conserve India. It was such a pleasure to work with her.  Look forward to associate with her very soon in the future.

Best Associate September

 

Best Associate of August 2015!!!!!!!!!!!

Conserve India is really honored to share the name of “Best Associate of August 2015 – “Mr. Ajay Sharma – Small World India ””

We like to thank Mr. Sharma for his valuable contribution to Conserve India. It was such a pleasure to work with him.  Look forward to associate with him very soon in the future.

Best Associate August

Best Associate of July 2015!!!!!!!!!!!

Conserve India is really honored to share the name of Best Associate of July 2015 – “Ms. Karuna Singh – Director, Earth Day Network India ””

We like to thank Ms. Singh for her valuable contribution to Conserve India. It was such a pleasure to work with her. Look forward to associate with her very soon in the future.

And, Ms. Singh is not a new face to our ardent blog readers. The first acquaintance happened HERE

 

 Best Associate July

Honored to be part of this illustrious list!!!!!!!

Extremely excited to share this!

HerStory published a list of women who made/makes positive intervention in the lives of many. It is a list of distinguished women social entrepreneurs. Creative Director Anita Ahuja is part of this illustrious list. And we are super elated to share this with you!

 On that note, many thanks to Ms. Saswati Mukerjee for this inclusion!

You can read more about this over HERE

 

Best Associate of May 2015!!!!!!!!!!!

Conserve India is really honored to share the name of Best Associate of May 2015 – “Mr. Robin Passi – Writer, Creator, Artist and recent fame being “Beauty Renewed – Recycled Art &’ Artist in India ””

We like to thank Mr. Passi for his valuable contribution to Conserve India. It was such a pleasure to work with him. Look forward to associate with him very soon in the future.

And, Mr. Passi is not a new face to our ardent blog readers. The first acquaintance happened HERE

Best Associate May

Best Associate of April 2015!!!!!!!!!!!

Conserve India is really honored to share the name of Best Associate of April 2015 – “Ms Lee Alison Sibley – Author, Actor, Vocal Artist, Teacher, Social Activist and most importantly a Mother ”

We like to thank Ms. Sibley for her valuable contribution to Conserve India. It was such a pleasure to work with her. Look forward to associate with her very soon in the future.

And, Ms. Sibley is not a new face to our ardent blog readers. The first acquaintance happened HERE

Best Associate April

Women’s Day 2014 Guest Blogger – Ms. Marguerite-Marie Mitterlehner, Independent Consultant to Social Entrepreneurs, Europe

One of the successful alumni of HEC, CEMS & London School of Economics! She donned the consultant hat for 5 pivotal Social Enterprises in Africa & Asia and is now an International Advisor for Conserve India.. You can read more about her – http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/marguerite-marie-mitterlehner/22/6a4/b0b

Thank you Ms.Mitterlehner for honoring Conserve India & Conserve HRP with your this gesture.

Over to Ms. Mitterlehner………………….

I recently read about Mrs. Damenech[1], who is a radiant example of how women motivate and participate in change. After 33 years in secretarial and administrative roles, Mrs. Damenech has opened her own business and is selling and delivering injera, a large pancake which is the base of almost every Ethiopian meal, in her neighborhood. A recently started UNDP training program collaborating with the Ethiopian government has provided her with entrepreneurial skills and will continue to provide advice when needed.

The reach of Mrs. Damenech’s venture is broader than just economical: she is an inspiring example. Not just in Ethiopia, but worldwide. In one of the poorest countries in the world[2] and herself being aged over 50, she has left a stable career to start a new business. Few women in developed countries achieve this. This strong, shining woman is grabbing opportunities, facing risks and challenging the status-quo in her neighborhood, and probably in her society.

Choosing Mrs. Damenech’s example to illustrate his article, and not one of her male colleagues, the journalist was aware it would be more striking. Why is that?

Because women are crucially inspiring!  The beauty in women has the power to inspire.

A teacher in a slum in Cambodia once explained to me why he insisted on having the school freshly painted, and a fountain and flowers in the courtyard: “Because these children need to be inspired, they need to know that life can be better”. Every experience of beauty speaks of the universal and opens a window of new possibilities. The beauty and the strength of a woman like Mrs. Damenech tell other men and women: we can make it, positive change is possible. On the contrary, when a woman is struggling or ill-treated, we instinctively know something is wrong. Beauty is powerful and inspiring, and because women are inherently beautiful, they are exceptional conveyors of inspiration.

The way women inspire change is also crucial because they do so in another way than men.

The Western corporate world is already aware of that[3]. Out of 9 leadership behaviors that positively affect a company, women tend to use 5 more frequently than men: “People development”, “Expectation and reward”, “Role model”, “Inspiration”, and “Participative decision making”. I believe this is applicable in other contexts and that more than men; women prize the opportunity to pour their energies into making a difference and working closely with others. Through their unique leadership style, or simply through their distinctive way of relating to others, women inspire change.

In their beauty and their way of relating to others, women are crucial to inspire change. But how can we fully benefit from women’ potential when almost two-thirds of the world’s 792 million illiterate adults are women[4]? Their potential can only be released when the society recognizes their inspiring power. The rest of the world, we, should create such favorable environments where women can become the agents of inspiring change they inherently are.


[1]Jeffrey, J. (2014, January 2). Ethiopia aims to create new generation of entrepreneurs. BBC News. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk

[2]Ethiopia ranks 173 on 187 countries. “The 2013 Human Development Report – “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World””. Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Programme. pp. 144–147.

[3]Women matter 2: Female leadership, a competitive edge for the future, McKinsey & company, 2008.

[4]UNESCO. 2011a. p. 12

Journey ahead for Conserve………….

“An idea is like a play. It needs a good producer and a good promoter even if it is a masterpiece. Otherwise the play may never open; or it may open but, for a lack of an audience, close after a week. Similarly, an idea will not move from the fringes to the mainstream simply because it is good; it must be skilfully marketed before it will actually shift people’s perceptions and behavior.”  – David Bornstein

The man himself, David Bornstein, author of How to change the world – Social Entrepreneurs and Power of Idea asserts the importance of producer and promoter.

The past of Conserve India & Conserve HRP has proved that it has one of the most efficient producers. The past success will speak for itself about its best producer.

Now it’s the turn of the promoter to prove the mettle.

With an awesome producer, the play or this social innovation has opened up. Now, if the promoter doesn’t do his job efficiently, it may close for a lack of an audience.

Similarly,The intelligent producer has established this play or the social innovation in fringes.

Now, to move this idea from fringes to mainstream (aka) online shops, undisputedly mainstream of today, it need to be skilfully marketed.

Well, if you glanced our January newsletter, you should be already well aware of our goals for 2014.

We intend to become a social media junkie.

All this to be a good promoter and skilfully market our product from fringes to mainstream and hence shift people’s perception and behavior to buy more recycled goods and fair trade products