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Aishwarya Chordiya

2016 fellow, placed with Jan Sahas in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh as part of her fellowship. Working on strengthening Dignity & Designs - a production unit owned, run and governed by women who decided to come out of manual scavenging.
10 Things Never To Say To A Person Working In NGO

10 Things Never To Say To A Person Working In NGO


29 Jul 2017

For a year now, I have been working full-time in a NGO (and by full-time I mean almost all my waking time.) As a part of…

How Much Is The Farmer’s Life Worth?

How Much Is The Farmer’s Life Worth?


28 Jul 2017

“…तुम ज़हर खा के यही मर जाओ, हम सब किसान मिलके तुम्हारे परिवार को २ करोड़ देंगे!” (Eat poison and die right here and all of…

From Manual Scavenging To Managing A Production Unit

From Manual Scavenging To Managing A Production Unit


9 Dec 2016

26th January 2002. An ordinary day for millions. A holiday for some living in this part of the world…but for 32 women, living in a small,…

From the Window Seeing a Riot

From the Window Seeing a Riot


26 Nov 2016

“…२० मिनट के लिए ही दूकान खुली रहेगी! जो लेना है जल्दी ले लो और फिर पुरे दिन दरवाज़ा बंद रखना!” (The shop will be open…

Working Beside A Toilet

Working Beside A Toilet


21 Oct 2016

Entering my office, climbing my floor, I say a silent prayer wishing no one has yet reached. I check the time again. Skipping breakfast doesn’t feel…

Ganpati Bappa Morya?!

Ganpati Bappa Morya?!


29 Sep 2016

I come from Pune, a city I had the privilege of calling ‘home’ all my life till now. So no points for guessing that Ganpati happens…

Breaking My Stories To Make Me

Breaking My Stories To Make Me


16 Aug 2016

Imagine seeing everything perfectly well and going to the eye doctor and hearing you need lenses. That’s exactly how I felt today. I did something today…