Community Member Spotlight: Sunitha Chandran

Every day, Sunitha Chandran wakes up at 5:00 am to begin the day’s cooking and cleaning.  At 8:00 am, she heads out for a full day of farming activities.  By 5:30 pm, she returns home to finish her household duties, look after her two children, Abhinav and Anadhu, and spend time with her husband. Like many women of Wayanad, Sunitha’s daily routine reflects a staggering work ethic.  But somehow, on top of all of her

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Self Help Groups – Inspiring Social Change

The Kerala region is renowned for its progressive and forward-thinking societal standards. One of the biggest initiatives to promote gender equality in India is the creation of self help groups (SHGs). SHGs have become an important tool in promoting women’s empowerment. Profugo has taken advantage of the opportunity and has been working on the possibility of creating SHGs within our community. The tailoring program and the Profugo Market are female-focused, which provides the chance to

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The Story of the Bag (from the perspective of the bag)

Hello!  I take great pride in being one of Profugo’s breathtaking bags!  This creation story is very unique and extremely special.  Read on to learn about how I was created and all the amazing steps that went into making me. My journey first began as fabric, purchased from a small-scale fabric maker.  They have been dying fabrics, like me, in their families/villages for many generations! I’m a fabric from Andhra Pradesh (Kalamkari) known for creating

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Who’s Who in Profugo?

The year is 2008. Jenny and Ashwin Koleth, along with friends, have spent countless hours on the ground and in the office preparing to launch their non-profit. They have seen the devastating effects of powerlessness in many places around the world, and they have decided to spark change. They are hopeful that all the work they have done will pay off, improving the lives of community members in southwestern India. Just a year after they

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Update from Profugo HQ!

During November 2017, I was able to visit Profugo’s Center of Development and touch base with our expanded field team and reconnect with community members.  During 2017 we welcomed Dr. TD Peter, Profugo’s new COD Director, Mr. Abhilash Thomas, Program Coordinator, Mr. Binish PJ, Admin & Accounts Officer, and Ms. Angele Maraj, Profugo’s latest Field Fellow.  On the US side, we welcomed Mr. Jeffrey Conradi to the Board of Directors.  IT’S A FULL HOUSE!  We

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