‘Jis aurat ko muh dekh ke nikaal diya, usko kaun naukri dega’
(Who will employ a woman sacked because of a disfigured face)
Who Will Employ Woman Sacked Because Of Disfigured Face
These were the words that triggered Akash to set up a venture for acid attack survivors and visually impaired women. Akash Bharadwaj, a consulting corporate trainer and a freelance travel agent has launched a travel firm ‘Khaas’ and a gift courier firm ‘Khaas Uphaar’ that is entirely run by visually impaired women.
Akash with a smile says,“Inke paas roshni nahi hai par yeh logon ko duniya dikhayengi.” (They can’t see but they will help tourist to see the world).
The whole idea to launch such start-ups triggered him while he was out for shopping for Diwali, last year. He interacted with a nearly Visually Impaired woman who had scars on her face. She was selling balloons. Her husband had abandoned her after a neighbour threw acid on her. She had a baby and she lost her job as a security guard after this incident. Her words sent chills down her spine as she asked him that who will employ a woman who was sacked because of her disfigured face.
This was the triggering point for Bhardwaj to begin his entrepreneurial journey. He opened a travel firm called Khaas. Soon after that, he begun a gift-courier firm called Khaas Uphaar. Both Khaas and Khaas Uphaar is run entirely by visually impaired women. They do all the work including making appointments and presentations. They also accompany the groups on trips, as reported by Economic Times.
With the help of JAWS(Job Access With Speech), women operate on their PCs. JAWS is a software that helps visually impaired people read. They also use smartphones.
All the employees are well educated. Archana is a 34-year-old who has masters in home science, but she lost her vision due to carelessness of doctors during a brain tumour operation. Kamlesh, another employee has a postgraduate degree in political science from Jamia University. Prerna is pursuing her BA third year from DU’s School of open learning. Deepti is also a postgraduate in political science while Nirmal is a 33-year-old widow and has an eight-year-old daughter. They enjoy their work and like to meet new people and chat with them on various issues. He plans to employ 4 acid attack survivors in next 4 months.
Akash is said to be looking for office premises on the ground floor as it’s hard for the visually impaired girls to climb to the fourth floor. They work in a small office on the fourth floor of a building in Laxmi Nagar, New Delhi. He is also looking for funds to purchase other equipment for the staffs. His wife and father supported him in setting up this enterprise. His trust in his employees has made him fight every trial and makes him go on.
The Logical Indian applauds the efforts of Akash and congratulates him on his altruistic efforts in making this world a better place for women warriors.