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Anchal is Growing Up

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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!

-Colleen

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Spotlight on U.S Team: “Our Whole Team Brings Creativity and Energy to the Table”

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We caught up with Clare White, one of our earliest blog contributors recently turned social media consultants. Clare graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011 with degrees in Journalism and Public Relations.

1. How did you get started with Anchal?

I’ve known Colleen [director of Anchal Project] for many years and over the years I watched her create this amazing organization for a cause that was really important to me. Anchal had a combination of everything I was passionate about; art and design, social responsibility, and women’s issues. I always knew I wanted to help out if I had the opportunity, and luckily after I graduated from college last summer, the timing worked out for me to be able to lend a hand.

2. What do you bring to the Anchal team?

I help mostly with the organization’s communications strategies. What I try to bring to Anchal is a fresh perspective and some of the social media knowledge that I’ve learned through my job and personal experience. But I think what makes Anchal work so well is that our whole team brings creativity and energy to the table – and we have fun doing it!

Thanks to Clare for all her great advice on how to effectively increase our communications and social media!