Prior to 2017
Grassroots women’s movement
Thousands of rural women across Rajasthan and Uttarakhand organised themselves into well-functioning Self Help Groups under the Sakhi initiative of Manjari Foundation and HZL.
The seed of UPAYa™ was sown
A number of tiny village-level training centres were set up, equipped with state of the art machinery and skills training modules to build capacities of rural women.
Formation of an apparel enterprise
The growing success of these centres led to the establishment of an apparel micro-enterprise, guided by expert designers to create a premium handcrafted clothing and lifestyle range embodying the perfect blend of traditional and modern
Opportunity in adversity
With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Sakhis generated revenue by undertaking bulk mask orders, some of them earning nearly Rs. 30,000 in a single month.
15th Feb 2022
The UPAYa™ Store went live
We launched our online store with our very own website showcasing our fashion and lifestyle range