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Giving Back to Women for

Unfortunately, it comes as no surprise that women have been bearing the brunt of the social & economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the situation is particularly bad in India, where 17 million women have lost their jobs.

For this reason, we have been providing women in rural India with a safe and sustainable livelihood opportunity through our Masks of HOPE program since April. So far, we have trained over 300 women to sew and freely distribute more than 500,000 face masks from their homes, and we're just getting started!

With your help throughout the month of November, we hope to increase our face mask production & distribution to 500,000 face masks PER MONTH by Giving Tuesday on December 1st, providing even more women in rural India with a safe & flexible livelihood opportunity.


Meet some of the Women You Will Be Supporting:

"It makes me happy to be able to contribute and help my husband in running the house financially, especially during the lockdown and pandemic when many have lost their jobs"
- Rupali, Maharashtra

"Through this work given by the Desai Foundation, I too can contribute in the home and meet small expenses... Before, if they wanted anything, [my kids] used to think twice before asking, which they don't do now, and this, as a mother is very satisfying."
- Sheetal

"I am thankful that the Desai Foundation has provided an opportunity for all of us to support our family financially during lockdown."
- Anjana, Bharuch

Seeing as her father has been out of work due to the pandemic, Anitka is now financially responsible for her family of 4. She has been supporting them through her work with Masks of HOPE and has sewn 5,000 masks to date!

& thanks to our partners, your donation will be TRIPLED all month long!

Ranavat Botanics

Our Focus Building resilient communities and cultivating dignity


Empowering women has the power to not only change the economic circumstances of individual families, but entire villages.

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Educating and providing children with the building blocks to future advancement allows families to transcend their circumstances.

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Alleviating health issues that prevent women from working and children from attending school enables the community to thrive and focus their attention elsewhere.

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Providing vocational training and the ability to increase household income leads to immediate quality of life improvements.

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Our Pledge

Every dollar raised goes directly to programs that change lives.

Our staff and infrastructure is supported by the founding endowment from the Desai Family and its board members.

Now, as a public foundation, your support helps expand our life-changing programs in
India and the U.S.

How You Can Help

Donate to our Masks of HOPE
Hope, Opportunity, Perseverance & Empowerment

Donate as part of the Ranavat x Desai Foundation Claim Your Crown Campaign and have your donation matched by Ranavat Botanics!

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Working with the existing strengths of each community, we provide the tools needed to create stronger, healthier, and more economically independent households.

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The Desai Foundation

Friday November 27th

Desai Foundation

Thank you to Ari Afsar for all of her support of our work elevating the health and livelihood of women and children in rural India and the US. We hope she might inspire you to help us continue #givingbacktowomen through our Giving Tuesday campaign by donating here: bit.ly/giveback2women

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Thursday November 26th

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This Thanksgiving, we’re feeling very thankful for all of our donors and supporters who make our work possible. Thanks to you, we have served over 870 communities, directly impacted more than 106,000 lives and produced over 1 million sanitary napkins this year. We also launched our Masks of HOPE program, providing hundreds of women in rural India with jobs and producing over 700,000 life-saving face masks to date!
We can’t thank you enough for your support and wish you a happy & healthy Thanksgiving!
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Tuesday November 24th

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Meet Anjana - since the start of the pandemic, she has recruited and trained 9 other women to join our Masks of HOPE program! Together, she and her team have prepared 15,000 double layered masks, and she alone has produced 3,600 masks. With the skills and money earned through Masks of HOPE, she has bought her a new sewing machine and plans to start her own business when the pandemic is over.

Leading up to Giving Tuesday on December 1st, we invite you to give back to women like Anjana, whose strength & perseverance has been an inspiration to us all, by donating to the Desai Foundation’s Giving Back to Women campaign.

Just for this week, all donations will be DOUBLED by @Soothi, guaranteeing that we can provide additional safe & sustainable livelihood opportunities to even more women like Anjana. Donate here at bit.ly/giveback2women now!

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