Family - Aarohana EcoSocial Developments

Amita Deshpande

AMITA

Founder & Director

Amita has worked extensively in Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility since the past 14 years. An IT Engineer by basic education, she went on to do her Masters at Purdue University, USA with a focus on Sustainability. She worked with CSR teams of multinational corporations, consultancies, non-profits, and community-based organizations in the United States and India and eventually founded Aarohana EcoSocial Developments with the rich experience she has gathered. With her EcoSocial vision and boundless energy, Amita designs our EcoSocial projects, heads our communication and awareness generation efforts, and looks after overall management of Aarohana and My EcoSocial Planet. Amita’s long-standing dream is to develop a sustainable village and live in it herself, which she wishes to fulfill through Aarohana and My EcoSocial Planet.
Nandan Bhat

NANDAN

Founder & Director

Nandan has over a decade of experience working in Business Development and Procurement sectors. His basic qualification is Engineering with an MBA in Business Development from Pune University. He has a good work experience of working with reputed companies like Tata Telecom, Sony, Future Group and Sify. With profuse experience in managing projects, large teams and market relations, he has co-founded Aarohana EcoSocial Developments. Nandan brings to the table expertise in relationship management and business development, be it with the grassroots villagers or with our EcoSocial Customers. Nandan is an extremely enthusiastic and cheerful person who promises a sustainable future to Aarohana.
Nikhil Paranjape

NIKHIL

Head - Communication and eCommerce

Having worked as an Engineer for 4 years, Nikhil decided to call it quits from the IT industry. Having done hundreds of treks he decided to follow his passion. He completed his IATA and entered the world of Travel and Tourism with an aim to strike a balance between Sustainability and pleasure travel. His close interaction with locals, his observation while traveling and eagerness to understand the sustainability issues, makes him a sensitive person. His passion for adventure is also enabling him to get trained for an upcoming triathlon! This combined awareness about health, sustainable growth and urge to do something positive for the society got him introduced to Aarohana Ecosocial Developments. He believes that, working with Aarohana will help fulfill all the common dreams of living in an EcoSocial Planet!
Naresh Khawale

ABHISHEK

Manager - Production and Logistics

Abhishek comes with 8 years experience in Manufacturing operations. He holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering, specializing in Lean Operations Management, from Detroit, USA. He has worked in a variety of industries from foundry, forging and automobile. His strong experience in machining will help us enhance our traditional equipment and techniques of upcycling. In addition, he brings in new methods and systems to streamline our production processes. Abhishek has also worked in the field of Nutrition and Fitness, hence brings in a different expertise required for our rural community initiatives, which is a part of our non-profit entity "My EcoSocial Planet". We are thrilled to have him onboard and look forward towards our journey ahead.
Shivalika Mohan

SHIVALIKA

Manager - Customer Relations

Shivalika Mohan completed her Masters in International Studies and was looking for an opportunity to give back to our beloved Mother Earth. Thats when she stumbled upon an opportunity to work with her favourite sustainable brand, 'Aarohana EcoSocial Developments'. With her creative ideas and endless energy, she helps us in Communications and Business Development. Shivalika loves her job and feels fortunate to be working with the brand she followed since 2017. She is an ardent animal lover as well and hence understand the cause she works for even better. "In every walk in with nature, one receives far more than he seeks" - John Muir.
Sukanya Patil

SUKANYA

Associate - eCommerce

Sukanya is an Engineer by basic education and worked for 3 years in the IT Sector. She developed a hobby of making gifts for her friends using household waste, which eventually led her to discover upycling and a whole new way of managing waste. Thats when she realized that she wanted to pursue her passion for art and craft fulltime. She stumbled upon Aarohana, who worked in her area of interest plus supported the conservation of our environment. At Aarohana, Sukanya manages customer relations (online and offline) and helps them shop for EcoSocial alternatives from our exciting collection of UPCYCLED-HANDWOVEN products.
Dnyanada Deodare

DNYANADA

Associate - Product Design and Development

Dnyanada Deodare is a die hard lover of ‘Handmade Art’, with a graduation in Textile Engineering and Designing. “The concept of re-purposing instead of recycling (which is even more harmful and practically impossible), is what took my heart to this job" says Dnyanada. Working with a brand like Aarohana EcoSocial Developments, validates her activism for a sustainable lifestyle and the practice to her preach. Dnyanada assists our Production team with her creative inputs and ensures our customers get great quality products which are also in sync with market trends!
Muhammad Shaikh

SHAIKHBHAI

Lead Artisan

Shaikhbhai, a migrant from Eastern Maharashtra, heads his family of 4. With this responsibility, he learned the skill of bag making early on in life, which enabled him to earn a living and support his family. After working for 30 years in this trade, he came across our work of making bags from UPCYCLED-HANDWOVEN Waste plastic. He loved the concept and joined Aarohana as a master craftsman. He is our oldest (and eldest) employee and enjoys his work as he gets to design and craft innovative products every day!
Vandana Vartha

VANDANA

Artisan

Vandana is a tribal youth, belonging to the Warli tribe of Western India. Due to the low educational standards of the local school, she dropped out of school after 9th grade. Being the eldest girl of her family, she started helping her mother with housework and stayed mostly at home in her village, with limited exposure to the outside world. When Aarohana came to her village with an opportunity to work, she immediately joined us. She joined as an assistant artisan and soon picked up weaving as well. She now does other processing work as well as weaves fabric. Despite her petite structure, she is a strong young woman and doesn’t get tired with an all day’s work. She is always cheerful and given a chance, loves to design her own patterns in the fabric.
Kiran Baddha

KIRAN

Artisan

Kiran is a tribal youth, belonging to the Warli tribe of Western India. Due to the low educational standards of the local school, he dropped out of school after 9th grade. His 8 member-family is mostly dependent on rainfed agriculture, hence, being the eldest son, had to start earning to support the family income. Lack of employment options in his village, Kiran had to move his base to a nearby town in search of work, where he worked as a migrant laborer. When Aarohana came to his village with an opportunity to work, he immediately joined us and is now our lead weaver. While working with us, Kiran also gave his 10th and 11th grade exams. He is a bright and funny young man, who loves to crack jokes on his teammates. With him around, everyone laughs and has fun, while working equally hard for their living!
Jitesh

JITESH

Artisan

Jitesh belongs to the Warli tribe and is mute and deaf by birth. Due to lack of special schools in the village, he remained illiterate, and hence never got a steady job. As he grew older, he started working as daily wage labor at construction sites in nearby towns. These jobs were never stable and sufficient to take care of his mute and deaf wife and two little daughters. He found Aarohana’s work in his own village and was delighted to start working with us! He is very focused and rarely gets distracted from his work!
Sumitra

SUMITRA

Artisan

Sumitra is a Warli tribal, like all of her coworkers. She is a mother of four and lives with her eight-member family. Her family is engaged in rain fed agriculture and daily wage labor, which are both unreliable sources of consistent income. Hence, she is very proud to earn for her family and send all her four children to school. She works very hard and has learned the art of weaving quite quick to become one of our lead weavers in just 4 months.
Saraswati

SARASWATI

Artisan

Saraswati is a Warli tribal and has completed her education till 10th. He father does a petty job in the village and mother stays home to take care of her 2 younger siblings. Being the eldest daughter in the family, Saraswati has taken up working with us responsibly, to support her family of 5 members.
Saraswati

RENUKA

Artisan

Renuka is a Warli tribal living with her family of 5. Her father works in a nearby town to earn an income for their family, while her brothers are still studying. Renuka studied until 12th grade and now works with us to support her family’s income. She wants to pursue her further education, in parallel to working with us!
Suhana

SUHANA

Artisan

Suhana is a Warli tribal, living with her parents and two other siblings. Suhana has completed her education till 12th grade and now works with us to support her family income. Suhana is a smart girl, who has a very good eye for design. She has mastered the art of weaving very quickly and also supports office administration work on behalf of her team.
Kokila

KOKILA

Artisan

Kokila stays with her grandparents and her two children. She studied until 9th Std, and had been married at a young age. She looks after her family as well works with us to support them. A bit shy kind of person and does not talk much among the team. Joined Aarohana in April 2019 and has been involved in cutting and the weaving of plastic.
Kalpana

KALPANA

Artisan

Kalpana has studied till the 8th Std and left school due to illness. Thus, was not able to go back to the school to study more. Kalpana stays with her parents and husband who works at the factory. Her motto is “better to get involved in any work instead of sitting ideal at home” and that was her reason to join Aarohana. Joined in the month of April 2019, Kalpana is involved in the cutting of plastic and is slowly trying to learn the art of weaving too.
Savita

SAVITA

Artisan

Savita is a Warli tribal and is a mother of two smart children, one of them being our oldest employees Vandana. With children grown up now, Savita realized that she can start working to engage her time and hone her skills by learning our art of upcycling. She is very sincere and hardworking, and has already won the hearts of all other women in the team quickly!
Sunita Surji Bhondwa

SUNITA

Artisan

Sunita has been part of our team since Sep 2019. Studies till 8th class, lives with her mother, brother and sister-in-law. She could not continue her studies after her fathers death and started working to support her family financially. She worked in a factor for 4 years but could not continue because of health issues. She knows how to sew and is learning to weave too. Sunita is happy to have found work in her own village! She loves working with our team.
Lalita

LALITA

Artisan

Lalita stays with her joint family of 11 members, comes from a tribal family. Her father is a farmer and her mother helps in the fieldwork. Lalita has done her education till 8th Std. Being a newcomer to our team; she has been into cutting of plastic waste. She feels happy to work with Aarohana as the workplace is near to where she stays and does not have to go to other cities looking for a job.

AMISHA

Artisan

Amisha is a Warli tribal living in our village with her husband and one-year old little daughter and her husband's big family of seven people. She has never gone to school but can understand basic numbers and alphabets. Her family readily agreed to send her to work at Aarohana, as the work is nearby, and she can rush back home if her daughter needs her. She is a smart young lady and has quickly picked up our upcycling work!
Rizwana

KAPILA

Artisan

Kapila recently completed her 12th grade and joined our team for upcycling plastic waste. She is a bright girl and has been able to pick up the craft very quickly. She has two younger siblings, who are still in school. Her father works on daily wages in a nearby town and her mother works as a sweeper at the village school. Kapila is proud that, now, she will be able to contribute to her family income.
Aalam

AALAM

Artisan

Aalam who hails from Bihar has studied till 8th std. He was previously working in Hyderabad with a private tailor and learned to stitch. He has more than 5 years of experience in bag stitching and is very good at his skills. At Aarohana he is one among our tailors who makes our designed products to come alive. Now he lives in Pune with his joint family.
Mumtaz Shaikh

IMRAN

Artisan

Imran, is our new tailor who has an experience of 14 years in the bag making industry. He lives with his wife and a cute 2year old daughter in Pune. He loves to play cricket and travel with his family. Initially, he thought it will be difficult to work as the fabric is different than what he was used to ie. the cloth. Now, he is loving the work because it's different. He said, "Mujhe bohot acha lag raha hai, kuch hatke kaam hai aur paryavaran ko bhi bacha raha hun" (I am liking the work, it's different than usual and I am protecting the environment with my work).
Pooja

POOJA

Office Assistant

Pooja is a first-year student in Commerce. Along with her college, she works with Aarohana managing her class timings. She looks after the quality check of the finished products and assisting the sewing process. She is a very active young girl, some time does multitasking and prepares very good Chai!
Manisha Kale

MANISHA

Office Assistant

Manisha belongs to a migrant family, who moved to the city of Pune in search of work. Her mother works as a housemaid in urban households and her father works as daily wage labor. She is the eldest of the 3 siblings, decided to pursue her education after 12th grade. Along with her college, she works with Aarohana managing her class timings. She is an all-rounder and supports all of our office work, be it assisting the sewing process, administration and even sales. She is a very honest young girl and has an eye for detail in all the work she does!
Manisha Vaidya

VRUSHALI

Office Assistant

20-year old Vrushali, who completed her education till 12th grade and aspires to continue her education in B.Com. But since her family needed some financial support, she joined Aarohana. She stays with her parents and 2 siblings in Pune. “I was in shock”, says Vrushali when she heard for the first time about Aarohana and how it makes beautiful products from waste plastic. She feels happy to continue her education and also be working with us in her free time. Here She mainly involves helping tailors at their work and quality check of the finished products.

SWATI

Office Assistant

Contributors

Victor Ko

JAEE

Business Development

An IT Engineer by basic education, Jaee’s love for art and craft always has had an upper hand. Hence she quit her corporate job and started working on Handmade Paper products since the past couple of years. ‘It’s my meditation’ says Jaee. A beloved Customer of AAROHANA, Jaee wished always to someway contribute to the cause. And now feels fortunate to be part of our team! Jaee manages operations and marketing for Aarohana.
Mahima Naik

MAHIMA

Business Development

Mahima recently joined Aarohana as an intern. She is currently in her last year in Product Design at MIT Institute of Design. She loves to dance, swim and paint. Here is help us in Photoshop of the products images, product design and takes part in the events. She wanted to do something unique while it parallels saving the environment.
Sapna Rajpurohit

SAPNA

Graphic Designer

Graphic designer, nature and animal lover! Loves hiking ,travelling and gardening. Prefers working hands on especially on letters. Always ready to do something for the environment through art or act.