Our Journey

Prior to 2017

Grassroots women’s movement

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.

2017

The seed of UPAYa™ was sown

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.

2018

Formation of an apparel enterprise

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

2022

Opportunity in adversity

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

The UPAYa™ Store went live

We launched our online store with our very own website showcasing our fashion and lifestyle range

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