We don’t believe in making grand plans, we are all about learning by doing. We still remember how it all started, with picking up one street kid from the roads of Mumbai more than 10 years ago. There was no big plan, only a sincere dream. The next step was to figure out how the poorest people could start contributing to society and use their contributions to live a better life. We were always certain that charity, while commendable, could not sustain a person as well as independence.
We were told many times we were crazy and we will hit several dead ends. But we kept going. And in all our decisions there was always one question, “does it benefit the poor?” Its been something of an adventure with ups and downs. As we all know, there is no fast route to material wealth. But this mission is bigger than us all. Which is what kept our egos in check and kept us continually challenging the status quo
Now we know these communities were literally waiting for us to come and help them and there are absolutely no dead ends, just a bright white light, at the end of the road, that we have to follow constantly
We constantly look at our communities and see what they need. Then we act and solve. If half the women turn out to be scared of the noise of the sewing machine, we create other jobs for them. Inculcating empowerment and independence is key. A shy mother with an epileptic child used to bring the doctors’ bills for refunds every week. It turned out she put an extra ‘0’ at the end of the total amount. We took all the bills and calculated how much we paid her extra. Then we had her payback every single cent. Was it about the money for us? No of course not. It was for herself. Her self-worth. Now she strides with confidence again, she works, she radiates energy. She feels worthy of herself, and we work together from a basis of equality now.
That’s how we operate. We stand with the poor in building a better world. And we keep to it. We push the boundaries of outdated ideas about charitable work and chanelize the power every human has inside of them.
When we partner, we define the terms, not because we want some kind of profit out of it, but because we have the experience. We know, see and feel what our communities need.
Tiny Miracles is not for everyone. It takes a courageous partner to join in on this fantastic adventure and to truly strive for a better world.
It takes guts to come aboard, but once you’re aboard, we’ve got all the miracles in the world to keep you aboard. 🙂