In 2018, a group of students at BITS Pilani came together and decided to make bags and folders by using discarded material. For this initiative, they worked with a community of women in Jherli who were taught stitching and other necessary skills to make the products. This is how Enactus BITS Pilani came up with their first project, Aaveg. Through this project, the team aims to target the sustainable development goals of No poverty(1), Gender equality(5), Decent work and economic growth (8), Reducing inequalities(10).
The students, members of Enactus, an international organization that aims to solve everyday problems with unique and sustainable ideas, decided to launch the project when they found out that tonnes of products are discarded every month, which could otherwise be upcycled and turned into useful goods. “The project,” Samarth Mahapatra tells us, “is aimed at empowering women to learn entrepreneurial skills to eventually start their own businesses – so that they are no longer dependent on the male members of their families”
The team has recently been awarded the ‘best collaboration award’ by Enactus Cares for their variety of nationwide collaborations with different NGOs as the team as well as the students of Pilani have started various initiatives to help out the people in the pandemic.
To find out about the projects helping people during the pandemic, click here