A Dream For Her Family

Saranya, 28, is part of our self-help group (SHG) in Basin Bridge, Chennai. She is a mom of 2 children and has gone miles to lift her family from poverty. We are happy that Oasis could play a small role in helping her achieve that.

Saranya completed her beautician course 5 years ago and was working part-time in a salon for Rs. 5000, per month. Since she was insistent on having her children study in good private schools, it was difficult to keep the family running with the income she and her husband were receiving.

In 2019, Saranya joined our SHG for women. SHGs help members of the community practice saving money and allows taking of loans for their small business ventures. Through this scheme in the SHG, Saranya started a stationary shop in the community with which she earns about Rs.1000 every day which goes into developing her shop and spending for the family.

Saranya always takes up any opportunity that can help her move forward in life. When our baking course was introduced she willingly joined in! After attending two days of baking training at Cake mall and at Tamil Nadu Agriculture Department which offered millet baking training, Saranya practiced consistently to perfect her skill. She, along with the other trainees, trained over 150 women from affluent communities who were part of a women’s wing called RYA foundation. She is passionate about developing her three small business ventures which are now very sustainable small streams of income for her family.

Our vision is to build thriving individuals and we are glad that Saranya is one of them!

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Dear friends and patrons,As 2022 draws to a close, I would like for us to look back at a year that heralded in new directions for Oasis India: year one of the 5-year strategic plan of new partnerships, a year of social enterprise, and organisational sustainability.While it was certainly challenging in many ways, it also showed how strong our commitment to the vision and mission are as an organisation – be it as board members, supporters, members of senior management, the national leadership team, or project staff.We can take pride in the fact that we resumed the annual Mukthi Bike Challenge this year, launched Oasis India’s 5-year strategic plan for 2022–2027, and started a new integrated community empowerment project in Assam—Oasis Academy Guwahati and Football for Life (FFL). We also initiated potential partnership discussions with PCI-Mizoram for anti-human trafficking and Thrive for Good under food security, etc. These great achievements lays the foundation for our work in the upcoming new year.There were notable life-changing stories of beneficiaries in each of Oasis India’s hubs and the many other challenges we overcame as a team. Successes achieved in a time when we were forced to adapt to very adverse circumstances So, I want to thank all our staff for the hard work and commitment they have shown over the past year. Our combined strength is what makes us flourish as an organisation.Thank you, our supporters, for walking this journey of growth and development hand in hand with us. As you celebrate Christmas with friends and family, I hope you will look back on the year with the same sense of accomplishment and joy that we all feel at Oasis India.I wish you and your family a happy Christmas season and a prosperous 2023! Best regards,Mangneo LhungdimExecutive Director,Oasis India