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How I turned an insult into a mission

Until a few years ago, there were two contexts in which Indians (and specifically Bombayites) used the word “chindi” — one was to describe a miser, as in, “don’t be so chindi, pay your share!” and the other was to describe bits of waste fabric left over by tailors, as in, “sweep up this chindi and toss it in the garbage!” Definition of “chindi” on Urban Dictionary (www.urbandictionary.com) Chindi was clearly not a very nice word. A flat out insult, even. And that’s exactly why I decided to name my social enterprise “Chindi”. Portrait of chindi in a tailor’s shop, by photographer MumbaiPaused Chindi uses textile waste from tailoring units, garment manufacturers, and design houses to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Our products are...

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Chindi is hiring!

We are looking for an awesome Business Development & Sales Assistant to help take our women's work to a wider market, both in India and internationally. Read the job description below and write to hello@chindi.in if this interests you or someone you know! Chindi (www.chindi.in) is a Mumbai-based social enterprise that employs women from marginalised neighbourhoods to transform textile waste into homeware, accessories and jewellery. We are seeking someone who can help us take our women’s work to a wider market. This role is an exciting mix of sales, business development, marketing strategy, geared towards social impact.   Job Responsibilities:  Business development -- seeking and fostering partners for sales and collaborations with fashion houses, designers, manufacturing units, etc. Developing a sales strategy...

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Everyday is women's day!

Because at Chindi everyday is women's day, we wish you another happy women's day! We'd like to introduce you to some more women who have been our friends, supporters, and clients. These are some amazing women doing meaningful things and we're so glad they're part of our family! "Chindi is a fabulous project I have seen from the inception stage to its honest and beautiful execution. I am so thrilled to be able to add to their growth story in whatever way possible because Chindi was designed to be 100% a positive impact enterprise. From salvaging textiles to providing employment to women in a creative and fair way to making something beautiful and useful I find Chindi to be so...

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Happy Women's Day (and happy birthday to us)

It's women's day, it's the birth day of our brand new e-commerce website, it's an all round awesome day! Happy women's day to all the men and women of the world! Today we are delighted to announce the launch of www.chindi.in, our brand new site where you can support our craftswomen by purchasing some of their handmade, upcycled products. We'd also like to introduce you to the women whose hands have made all of these pieces. Here they are... "My daughter encouraged me to work here because otherwise I just sit at my little shop and doze off all day! Here I come and do interesting things." -- Sumitra   "I’m so happy I can do this work and don’t have to...

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