During the past few weeks, it has become more and more apparent that Anchal is no longer the class project conceptualized in the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) studios. I am proud to announce that we have officially moved into our first office space! This may seem like a small and obvious step, but few may realize that the U.S. Anchal team has been working remotely from coffee shops for the past 3 years. Only a few years ago; Joann, Atisha, Devon and I were making and selling notebooks at my apartment as a way to fundraise for Anchal’s first sewing machine. Now we have a conference room for volunteers and sufficient storage for our ever growing inventory. We also just received Anchal’s first product tags!
These milestones are tangible pieces of our progress. They are reminders of our incredible accomplishments resulting from a very small budget and a lot of hard work. I can easily forget to reflect upon our successes. We have partnered with two wonderful organizations in India, trained over 30 women in kantha techniques, produced 600+ products, collaborated with celebrity advocate America Ferrera and most importantly provided women an alternative to the sex trade.
We have a long road ahead with inevitable roadblocks, but we are up to the challenge. Today is all about celebrating the small milestones and looking forward to the future.
THANK YOU to all of our many volunteers, supporters, and donors for making this project a reality. Every small little contribution makes a large impact both here and in India. We would not be designing change without you!