Dreamers - Dreams Foundation - Seeding and helping grassroots entrepreneurs

Bharat Vaghela

BHARAT lost his father at a very tender age. His mother struggled to make the ends meet. Despite the cumbersome challenges, Bharat discovered his love for and natural talent of dancing. After performing in many shows, he is currently a dance choreographer and teacher for a non-profit organization that serves unprivileged children.

Although he loves his work, he also needs to earn more to support his wife and child. He took a loan from Dreams to buy a sound system with amplifiers and is running a small business on the side, where he rents out his equipment for events and programs.

This small enterprise has helped Bharat balance his passion with also providing for his family.

Bhanuben Bagada

Bhanuben Bagada

Dream: To Increase Exposure of her Craft

 

BHANUBEN inherited the onus of leather craft from her family, who migrated from Karachi, Pakistan.The transition to India has been difficult. Bhanuben’s father had his own leatherwork business in Mumbai, but after a rejection in an export contract order, they lost everything. Soon after, her father passed away

But Bhanuben was not going to give up. She took a loan from Dreams for working capital. Today, she is innovating on designs and provides employment to 50 women. Bhanuben believes that if the will is there, anything is possible.

Kokilaben Rathod

KOKILABEN works as a tailor at a non-profit, where her coworkers have become her family. Leaving an abusive marriage has definitely made her stronger, but life didn’t necessarily get easier. Her salary was insufficient to take care of her rent, food and education of her kids. However, Kokilaben’s motivation is her daughter Khushi, who she wants to give better life than she has had.

 

With this in mind, Kokilaben has taken a loan from Dreams so that she can run a second tailoring business our of her home and save enough for Khushi’s education, future and dreams.

Jyoti Kohli

JYOTI married into a family where the mother- in-law suffered from leprosy. Moved by her mother-in-law’s plight, Jyoti served her as well as others who had been affected by the disease by cooking for and serving them. Serving others altered Jyoti’s perspective on life, making her see the positive in every situation.

Once, while at the hospital attending to her mother-in-law’s treatment, Jyoti’s husband’s auto-rickshaw(their only means of earning) was stolen. If they would have taken a loan, the interest was so high they would have had nothing let to even buy daily food. Through Dreams, Jyoti and her husband took an interest-free loan of 1.5 lakh rupees and purchased a new rickshaw.

Reshma Bhai

Having lost his father at a tender age of 10 followed by his mother’s departure due to 2nd marriage, made Reshmabhai’s life, a journey full of struggle. But due to his hard work and determination, today he works as a farmer on a small piece of land and somehow manages a family of 8 members.

In his village Khati Chitra, water for irrigation is available only in monsoon, which makes the financial situation of most villagers more pathetic. Reshmabhai, aspires to dig his well nearly 250 feet deeper. The water that will be available at that depth will prove to be a blessing for many farmers as they can use the well as storage of rainwater and harvest it when needed. With a support of Rs70000 Reshma bhai is now digging the well deeper.