We are a team of dedicated and passionate professionals with a shared vision of empowering rural women in and around Uttar Pradesh (U.P.), India, with the dignity to earn their own livelihood. In order to achieve this we actively engage with partners and volunteers to train and up-skill our rural youth and homemakers. We aggressively look for larger markets and buyers for our products as that directly translates to more rural lives that are positively impacted by larger job opportunities.
Our aim is to enable a successful and self-sustaining rural economy with its women at the centre.
OUR TEAM MEMBERS
Meet our passionate and motivated team that works behind the scenes to spread cheer, and get to know why they love working at IVillage!
PPES Board Member
My role is primarily that of a facilitator for the women of IVillage. I encourage personality development and support learning and skill acquisition through well defined methods and process. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see these women evolve into independent and confident individuals.
Together as a team we ensure quality production in adherence to promised standards and timelines.
Sales and Merchandiser
IVillage is a social organisation with a clear vision of supporting women in the rural areas so that they can be economically independent and get the chance to educate their children. Working in IVillage gives us immense opportunities to learn new skills and train new talent who have a passion to work in our sector. The biggest responsibility is being responsible towards the life of others and creating job opportunities for them.
As opposed to the corporate sector, IVillage has not only given me tremendous growth and learning but also given me the chance to give back to society. I am proud to be working here.
Admin and Store, Delhi
Working with IVillage helps me fulfill not just my daily needs but also support the rural woman in the village, so that they don’t have to depend on others, and can fulfill their daily needs themselves.
I have been working with IVillage for 15 years now in training girls for different kinds of embroidery I am happy working here and my home is also nearby so I don’t have to go far away from home to work.
It gives me a sense of achievement when I see the ladies that we train become financially independent and capable to take care of themselves.
IVillage is a platform for rural girls and women empowerment. We want them to be Socially Economically empowered, Self dependent and Successful.
I am proud to be associated with IVilllage, through which we are trying to help them avail the best opportunities for development in their neighborhood and in the process make them self dependent, successful, aware of the world and most importantly, become Socially and Economically empowered.
I have always been very passionate about art and design and seek opportunities to use my best creative skills. IVillage has provided me a platform not only to explore my creativity but also bring a little change in the society by uplifting the rural households.
Being a part of IVillage helps me to understand the traditional artforms and gives a chance to transform them with a modern contemporary twist.
I have learnt and developed new skill sets that has helped me evolve not only as an individual but also as a great team member. Cheers to my journey at IVillage!
I always had a knack for communicating ideas creatively and effectively, whether in the form of design or writing, and I wanted to put my skills to good use. I came across IVillage and instantly connected with their vision. Their drive towards uplifting the community has always inspired me, and I feel proud to be useful to their cause.
I am working with IVillage since 15 years. It gives me pleasure to work here and a feeling of satisfaction when I train the girls. I am also in charge of the store at our production center. I am happy that not only am I able to contribute to my family income and take care of my family by myself, I also help other women do the same for themselves.
It has been an immensely rewarding experience to work at the grassroots level with rural women to see them break the shackles of patriarchy and evolve into empowered, socially and economically independent individuals is perhaps the biggest achievement.
With the team’s shared passion for social entrepreneurship, we truly live our motto of ‘Taking the village to the world’.
Procurement and Production Manager
I am delighted to work at IVillage as I am able to help to the rural women working here and provide them employment near their homes so they don’t have to go far away. In this way they can take care of their financial needs as well as their families. I have learnt many new things at IVillage and I am happy to be a part of it.
I enjoy working at IVillage because it feels like home. Everyone is very helpful and we all work like one family. I have learnt a lot here which has helped me to be a better person in life.
I am happy to work here at IVillage in the handicraft section. I also train the new trainees. I have learnt a lot here and today I am able to help my family financially. I am happy to help the rural women become independent and earn for themselves.
We are thankful to our eminent volunteers who are associated with us. Their expertise and passion goes a long way in helping us not just accomplish, but also enhance our vision.
Associate at SNC .VWAD
Veronique Dieu is the creator of SNC. VWAD Solution 27 for luxury and élégance etiquette This French lady is passionate about Seva (an Indian concept of serving & enabling) for the needy. An expert in infant development, business and human relations, she loves being on the field. She has been actively involved with field work in Asia for 35 years across Thailand, Australia, Japan, China and India.
Founder & Principle Architect, Shashvat Designs
When I came across IVillage through Arya Singh – her passion and vision to enable the village girls to become financially independent resonated with me highly. It pulled me in with the opportunity to volunteer as my capacity of a space planner for their exhibition and retail spaces. It is a great to see how they all give their 100% to make success of an idea, how so ever impossible it may sound due to manpower or budget constraints faced everyday by an NGO. They strive to find the way through or around, rather than dismissing an idea that they all value. Young at heart and mind – the IVillage team is a force to reckon with and ever ready to make “Impossible“ – “Possible”. I am proud to be associated with richly mentored girls who are being guided with a clear vision and mission!
It’s really enjoyable to work for IVillage in any capacity as it’s directly linked with the social and financial upliftment of rural ladies.
A corporate environment offers opportunity for self growth and development which is more often than not limited to oneself, at Village I get the opportunity to use my skill sets to make an economic and social impact in and for the rural households of Uttar Pradesh. I have been exposed to various forms of learning and development that is not limited to skill for economical endeavours and extends to a purist approach in some aspects of life. A rural household is fine working model of the income and opportunity divide that is prevalent in India, this model is always under the scanner at IVillage in an effort to balance the scales, placing it among some of the most sincere taskforces of India.
We are thankful to our eminent advisors who are associated with us. Their expertise and passion goes a long way in helping us not just accomplish, but also enhance our vision.
Lokender Pal Singh
PPES Board member
I am proud to be associated with an organization that is driving change in the life of women from rural India by providing world class platform for skill development to earn livelihood with dignity.
IVillage focuses on enhancing employment opportunities for rural women to make them part of India GDP growth and at the same time improve standard of living at their homes and larger community. IVillage has a strong belief that the development of women from rural India is a way to develop the nation at large in the long run.
Mr. Mahinder Malhotra
Managing Director, Hayat Communications K.S.C.Kuwait ( Former)
Since IVillage is engaged in such noble work of women empowerment, it’s a pleasure in supporting \in whatever little way I can.
Santosh R Shetty
IVillage helps and fosters skilling and development for women to make them financially independent This is a cause that is very close to my heart and I look to help them with my time, guidance and making connections happen whenever I can.
Director - Business Development, Marketing and Communications - Sopra Steria India
I am encouraged and inspired on how the team is connecting the village to the global market, generating employment for the rural population with a focus on women, by learning, unlearning and upskilling. In my view every drop counts, and if I can be one of these drops in this mega initiative, it’s for me giving back to the society.
S. Deenadayalan is the chairman of CEO Skill Academy, India and Vice Chairman, CEO Vietnam, Ho Chi Minn City, Vietnam and based in Bangalore.
Triggered by the success of transforming the ordinary to an extraordinary at DuPont in India, he parted from the multinational to be on an entrepreneur mode and formed his consulting firm Centre for Excellence in Organization in December 1999.
Our Knowledge Partner
The journey started in 2018 with strengthening skills training at IVillage by implementing RBC’s globally benchmarked 3G tailor training system. This reduced the training time substantially and productivity levels at the production center improved. RBC has been instrumental in bringing a change at IVillage production center with multiple management dialogues and training-coaching sessions on sourcing and design interventions, communication and advocacy guidance, production management and soft skills training for key team members. Community mapping and focused training by RBC has helped the initiative support the women by economic empowerment and profitability. The mask making initiative is an example of the knowledge partners helping to connect good initiative with better performance and profit generation to help sustain the households during the pandemic.
Amazon Saheli is an Amazon initiative to bring to the fore locally made products from women entrepreneurs in India. A program to enable women to become successful sellers on Amazon.
We are proud to be associated with Amazon Saheli since the last 2 years. It is an ideal platform to connect the world with our products. Amazon helps us with listing and giving us visibility through ad campaigns. This has led to a remarkable boost to our sale.
The Blind Relief Association (BRA), Delhi is a premier non-governmental organization in the country empowering the visually impaired for seventy-five years.
BRA gives us the biggest support by giving us a place free of cost for our exhibitions every year. It also encourages their students to apply for jobs at IVIllage.
THE MAN BEHIND THE VISION
BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD
What has today become a revolution, started with the vision of one man – Sam (Virendar) Singh. a retired head of DuPont South Asia. Having grown up in Anupshahar in district Bulandshahar of Uttar Pradesh, India, he knew that the region was infamous for its poverty, crime, and child marriages. Moreover, it is one of the least educated and literate sections of India.
Sam knew that to break this cycle of poverty, he had to first improve the quality of life for the weakest members of this society – the rural girl children, who are considered economic and social burden. Forgotten and uneducated, they are forever dependent upon their husbands or male family members for their livelihood. This leads to a cycle of repression, abuse, and neglect that can only be broken with the self-reliance and enlightenment that education brings.