Queer community of Bangalore says “Sukhibhava”

 10492077_1458250367756238_3538179254257633003_nThe Festival of free love!! QAMI – Queer Arts Movement India is organizing its fourth fundraising event at the Humming Tree on September 9th, 2014 in aid of Sukhibhava.

Through “The Festival of Free Love”, QAMI hopes to spread the message of free love across the world, through LGBTQIA artists and their individual messages, echoing the global need for acceptance, mutual respect, tolerance and love, above all else.

944750_490682307682971_571465846_nSocial Tuesdays at The Humming Tree! Twice a month, on alternative Tuesdays, Humming Tree opens its space to a trusted and transparent organization actively contributing to social change. Humming Tree hopes to support the organization’s effort and help them grow by giving them a platform, an opportunity to meet a new audience and 75 percent of the night’s profits. Humming Tree believes that the gathering power of music is ideal to raise awareness about social issues and give people a chance to connect with local organizations working toward change.

1620814_10153929444795157_499572731_nSo QAMI and The Humming Tree  are coming together for the fourth time to improve the quality of lives of urban poor women. This is being the first ever fundraising event of Sukhibhava, we cordially invite all our members of Sukhibhava family and networks to come and support us.

Come eat, drink and enjoy the performances. Just by showing up you’re contributing to the cause. See you all on the 9th, September 2014. Follow us on Facebook for further updates!

Increasing accessibility with vending machines!

dddSukhibhava is working on introducing vending machines in the institutions it works with, to increase the accessibility and outreach.

By introducing these automatic vending machines, we aspire to make the purchase of sanitary pads as easy as buying groceries or toffees in the local store.A pilot will be run in one to three institutions and based on the results the project will be further executed.

The changes in this aspect of sanitary pad distribution is becoming better and better. The developers are looking forward to a more convenient way of providing affordable sanitary pads . The concept of a smart vending machine is one of the things that we look forward to..The future of vending machine project is indeed very exciting and it gives women more convenient purchasing experience.

Looking for a woman Co-founder!

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I, Dilip Kumar founded Sukhibhava with the mission of improving lives of urban poor women through projects like “Better menstrual health”. We educate women in low income groups of Bangalore about menstrual health and provide affordable menstrual hygiene products.

The company is at a very early start-up stage, and I’m looking for a co-founding partner to build the company’s strategy & vision, product and delivery.

Ideal skills, experience & attitude for co-founding partner:

  • Preferably a Female candidate
  • Interest in the role of women / Gender equality/ Social entrepreneurship.
  • Expertise and professional track record in at least one and preferably two of the following areas: Design/Tech/Finance/Marketing.
  • Entrepreneurial attitude: ‘smart’ thinking, drive, inspiration, good communicator, can-do approach
  • Professional network / market understanding relevant to this enterprise
  • Business management or previous start-up experience (ideal but not essential)
  • Fluent in Kannada and may be one other local language.

Salary and Stake offers are based on the amount of value addition they bring to the company.

Please do get in touch for a chat if you have a potential interest: dilipkumarp09@gmail.com

Upcoming Projects

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Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike – the Bangalore council has given its consent to conduct awareness campaigns in all the 69 healthcare centers in Bangalore. Since most of the women who visit these healthcare centers are from communities Sukhibhava wants to work, we consider this as a great start to reach out to the hundreds of thousands of women without proper menstrual hygiene in Bangalore. A distribution model will be custom built after every awareness session in each healthcare center.

So far awareness sessions have been conducted to 158 healthcare assistants working in the 69 healthcare centers in Bangalore. Sukhibhava will start reaching out to the women in the communities in July,2014.

 

Stree Shakthi IMG-20140611-WA0006 (1)Self Help Groups are formed at the village/suburb level to inculcate the savings habit in the members empowering the women economically. About 15 to 20 women members who are from below poverty line families, landless  agricultural labourers, SC/ST women join together. At present there are 1.40lakhs groups functioning in the state approximately 21 lakhs women members are organized.

Sukhibhava is conducting a pilot test with 12 Stree Shakthi Self Help Groups. We aspire to reach out to the 1.4 lakh groups eventually in the next five years.